As we journey around the charming Cotswolds, feast your eyes on historic buildings and beautiful scenery. We visit Tewkesbury Abbey, Sudeley Castle and Gloucester Cathedral, and enjoy pretty villages en route. Image: Tewkesbury Abbey: Credit Dave Merrett
Detailed Overview

Price Includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices

  • Self-service tea/coffee after dinner

  • Full Cooked Breakfast

  • Guided Tour Tewkesbury Abbey

  • Entrance to Sudeley Castle and Gardens - the exhibitions are based over three floors within the Castle with no lift access

  • Soup, sandwiches and tea/coffee at Sudeley Castle

  • Entrance to Gloucester Waterways Museum

  • 45-minute Gloucester Waterways Boat Trip

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Image: Tewkesbury Abbey: Credit Dave Merrett

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel in time for a welcome tea/coffee and dinner.

Day 2

Ledbury & Tewkesbury Abbey
This morning we have free time to explore Ledbury's unique timber-framed buildings. Among them, admire the striking Market House and the large Ledbury Park House. We can also visit Ledbury Heritage Centre and the 16th century Painted Room, featuring Elizabethan wall paintings. Next on our agenda is pretty Tewkesbury. We have a leisurely lunch here before heading to Tewkesbury Abbey, where we enjoy a 45-minute guided tour, marvelling at the fine medieval architecture.

Day 3

Sudeley Castle & Cotswolds
We start the day at Sudeley Castle. The Castle remains the only private castle in England to have a Queen buried within its grounds - Catherine Parr, who lived and died here. We enjoy a 'History of Sudeley' talk, followed by a soup & sandwich lunch. This afternoon we take a scenic drive through the Cotswolds. We pass through the charming village of Bourton-on-the-Water, regularly voted one of the prettiest in England, and the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Day 4

Gloucester
We spend this morning at leisure exploring Gloucester and the medieval Cathedral, which was used as 'Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry' in the Harry Potter film series. In the afternoon we visit the Victorian docks and explore the award-winning Gloucester Waterways Museum . The highlight of our day is a wonderful 45-minute circular boat trip on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

Day 5

After breakfast, we make our way home.

Other Information

Hotel

4* Signature Collection by Best Western, Gloucester

This 4-star hotel is a modern hotel located on the edge of the Cotswolds. All 95 well-sized bedrooms are modern in style and there is a stylish brasserie restaurant and wine bar situated on the ground floor. The hotel does not have a lift but there are 22 rooms on the ground floor. Leisure facilities are excellent and include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath and 3 treatment rooms.

• No lift at the hotel • Ground floor rooms available • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Indoor Swimming Pool • Gym • Sauna • Steam Room • Spa Bath • 3 Treatment Rooms • Freeview TV • Hairdryer • Free Wi-Fi • Iron & Ironing board facilities • 24-hour room service •

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