4* Hallmark Hotel 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.
Ground floor rooms 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
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices
Self-service tea/coffee after dinner
Guided Tour Tewkesbury Abbey
Entrance to Sudeley Castle & 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
Image: Tewkesbury Abbey: Credit Dave Merrett
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
Ledbury & Tewkesbury Abbey
This morning we have free time to explore Ledbury, which is home to a number of unique timber-framed buildings. Among them, we can admire the striking Market House and the large Ledbury Park house. We can also visit Ledbury Heritage Centre, Butcher Row House Museum and the 16th Century Painted Room featuring Elizabethan wall paintings. We then have time for lunch in Tewkesbury, before heading to Tewkesbury Abbey. We enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the stunning Abbey, marvelling at the fine medieval architecture.
Sudeley Castle & Cotswolds
We start our day at Sudeley Castle. With royal connections entwined in its 1,000-year history, 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. Our afternoon is spent taking 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, Stow-on-the-Wold.
We spend this morning at leisure in Gloucester exploring its attractions, including the medieval Cathedral, which was used in most of the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the afternoon we visit the Victorian docks and explore the award-winning Gloucester Waterways Museum and take a 45-minute circular boat trip on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.
After breakfast, we make our way home.