Places To Visit

Photo of Belas Knap long barrow
Home Neolithic long barrow Cotswold Way, Winchcombe GL54 5AL Website: Belas Knap and Long Barrow

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Neolithic Long Barrow Belas Knap is one of the finest neolithic long barrows in Gloucestershire, situated on Cleeve Hill adjacent to the Cotswold Way National Trail. Alternatively, visitors can leave their cars at the top of Corndean Lane and walk up through Humblebee Woods and over open fields to the site. Built about 3000 B.C. the barrow is approximately 178 feet long and 60 feet wide, and nearly 14 feet in height. It is a chambered barrow with a false entrance at the larger northern end.

 

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Photo of Cleeve Common
Home Open grassland and splendid views Between Winchcombe and Cheltenham Website: www.cleevecommon.org.uk

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Accessed by several footpaths from the town or by Marchants bus service 606 and W2 from Winchcombe.  There are spectacular views across the Severn Vale to the Forest of Dean, Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains in Wales. Also, site of an Iron Age hillfort with fine bracing walks and a pay & play golf course, the common is an extensive area of unimproved limestone grassland on the Cotswold escarpment, most of it a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 

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Photo of Cotswold Farm Park
Home Rare farm breeds Bemborough Farm, Kineton, Gloucestershire GL54 5UG Work Phone: 01451 850307 Website: www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

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Rare farm breeds
The Farm Park has a variety of British farm rare breeds including sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, poultry and waterfowl. Situated approximately 8 miles from Winchcombe, in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside. There is the opportunity to get close to the animals and hold and feed a variety of smaller animals. The pathways around the farm are grass, concrete or gravelled and suitable for visitors with disabilities and wheelchairs.

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Photo of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Home Heritage Railway Winchcombe Station Greet GL54 5LB Website: www.gwsr.com

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The GWR is an all-volunteer steam and diesel heritage railway with over 12 miles of track between Cheltenham and Laverton. Winchcombe station is approximately 1 mile out of the town and reconstructed on its original site, the building being the former station at Monmouth (Troy).  The station is also the main site for maintaining the carriages and wagons. Shortly after leaving Winchcombe towards Cheltenham, the train enters Greet tunnel which, at 693 yards, is the second longest on a preserved railway.

 

 

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Photo of Hailes Abbey

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Situated two miles from Winchcombe adjacent to the Cotswold Way National Trail or 1 mile from the bus stop. The Cistercian abbey was founded in 1246 and became a site of pilgrimage.  The abbey was one of the last religious institutions to acquiesce following the Dissolution Act of 1536, on Christmas Eve 1539. Managed by English Heritage, National Trust members admitted free. Visit the adjacent parish church which has medieval wall-paintings.

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Photo of Prescott Hill Climb
Home One of the UK’s most prestigious motor racing venues Prescott Hill Gotherington GL52 9RD Website: www.prescott-hillclimb.com

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Owned by the Bugatti Owners’ Club and situated at Prescott approximately 3 miles from Winchcombe. The 1127 yard (1,031m) course rises over 200 feet via short straights, fast and slow corners and a hairpin, with the fastest modern racing cars completing the course in 36 seconds. There are regular events held throughout the summer including a range of classic car and bike events and hosts major motor racing championships.

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Photo of Snowshill Manor
Home Cotswold manor (National Trust) Snowshill WR12 7JU Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor/

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The manor house is a typical Cotswold house displaying Wade’s collection dating from 1900 until 1951, when he gave the Manor to the National Trust, Wade amassed an enormous collection of objects reflecting his interest in craftsmanship including 26 suits of Japanese samurai armour dating from the 17th and 19th centuries; bicycles; toys; musical instruments and other interesting objects. The garden is laid out as a series of outside rooms seen as an extension to the house featuring terraces and ponds.

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Photo of Spoonley Roman Villa
Home Roman villa Spoonley Wood Near Winchcombe Website: www2.glos.ac.uk

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Roman villa
Just off the Wardens Way about 2 miles from Winchcombe. The site of a Roman villa discovered and excavated in 1882. Mosaics recovered from the villa were removed and taken to Sudeley Castle. A basilican-type building was interpreted as being a granary or barn. Finds included a silver-plated bowl, coins, pottery and a marble statue of Bacchus. The site is very much overgrown and only a small part of the walls are standing. A footpath passes right through the building but easy to miss with all the vegetation.

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Photo of St Peter’s Church
Home 15th century church Gloucester Street Winchcombe GL54 5LU Website: satnavandcider.wordpress.com

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The earliest reference to the church, dedicated to St Peter, is in 1175 with its close association to the abbey that once stood to the east of the church. The present building dates from 1468 and remains externally very much as it was when it was built. It is the only fifteenth-century church in Gloucestershire which possesses an arcade with eight bays, and the only one without a chancel arch. The exterior features 40 comic grotesques.

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Photo of Stanway House and Watermill

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The house is a beautiful Jacobean manor house, located at Stanway approximately 3 miles from Winchcombe and on the Cotswold Way National Trail. The Gatehouse was built about 1630, with a 14th-century Tithe Barn and an 18th-century water-garden. The Stanway Fountain rises to over 300 feet, making it the tallest fountain in Britain, the tallest gravity fountain in the world (seconded by the Fountain of Fame in Segovia, Spain at 154 feet), and the second tallest fountain in Europe, after the 400-foot-high turbine-driven fountain in Lake Geneva.

The house will be open on Tuesday 7th June at 2pm and will then be open every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2pm till 5pm until and including Tuesday 30th August.

The watermill is open the same times as the house. In addition, the watermill is open on Thursday mornings from 10am till 12noon.
 

 

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Photo of Stanway Watermill
Home A fully restored working watermill Stanway GL54 5PQ Website: www.stanwaymill.co.uk

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A fully restored working watermill on the Stanway estate producing flour. Established in the 8th century, the original watermills had been used for fulling wool cloth, paper production, sawmilling, electricity generation and grinding flour. Opening times are restricted, for further information contact 01386 584446. Visitors may, during opening times, see the mill working, view the idyllic millpond, walk along the nearby Cotswold Way and buy a bag of wholemeal Cotswold flour.

The watermill will be open on Tuesday 7th June at 2pm and will then be open every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2pm till 5pm until and including Tuesday 30th August.  The watermill is also open on Thursday mornings from 10am till 12noon.

 

 

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Photo of Sudeley Castle and Gardens
Home Historic building and gardens Winchcombe GL54 5JD Website: www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

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Located a short stroll of 1/2 mile from the town via Vineyard Street, it dates back to the 10th century. Much of the castle was built in the reign of Henry V and later added to by Sir Thomas Seymour who married Katherine Parr after the death of Henry VIII. During the English Civil War Sudeley finally capitulated to Cromwell’s forces and was left in ruins. Katherine Parr the sixth wife of King Henry VIII is buried in the chapel and contains her marble tomb. During the Victorian period much of the castle was restored by the Dent family. The castle has newly opened castle rooms and extensive exhibitions for visitors to enjoy. Outside, visit the beautiful gardens and play area complete with a wooden fort.
Open from March until October.

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Photo of Winchcombe Archive Collection
Home Private museum of local pottery Queen Anne House, High Street, Winchcombe GL54 5LJ Website: www.winchcombearchivecollection.wordpress.com

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Situated in a 17th century merchants house in the town centre, this permanent but changing display of arts and crafts slipware of the 1920s and 1930s drawn from private collections focusses on the early career (1926-1939) of the studio pottery pioneer Michael Cardew and his associates Ray Finch, Elijah Comfort and Sid Tustin. Main public shows open in May and November, then 1st Saturday monthly thereafter. For further information on openings, talks and presentations please contact 01242 602319. 

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Photo of Winchcombe Museum

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Situated in the town centre above the tourist information office. A display about the heritage and history of Winchcombe and its people, with information on local and family history. The museum also has a collection of British and International Police uniforms and equipment. We have a stairlift, but the museum is not suitable for wheelchair users.

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Photo of Winchcombe Pottery
Home Pottery maker Becketts Lane, Greet GL54 5NU

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The pottery is situated 1 mile outside Winchcombe just off the Broadway Road. From Winchcombe head north and turn left after the railway bridge. Established in 1926 on the site of a pottery dating back to the early 1800’s makes it one of the longest running craft potteries in the country. All of the fired products from the pottery kiln are for sale in the Pottery Shop.

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