Gloucestershire

Gloucester Heart

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Overview

From Cheltenham visit historic Tewkesbury before exploring Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe. Visit Hailes Abbey before travelling to the village of Stanway and taking in Broadway – the jewel of the Cotswolds. Visit Batsford Arboretum and pause at Stow on the Wold before finishing your journey at Cirencester.

Cheltenham

World famous for the spring horse racing spectacular which is the Cheltenham Festival, the regency spa town of Cheltenham has a range of attractions to explore. Take in the Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, Pittville Park, the Wilson Museum or enjoy some of the excellent shopping on offer.

Tewkesbury

The River Severn and River Avon meet in the historic town of Tewkesbury. Explore the medieval streets, the Vintage & Antiques Trail, Tewkesbury Abbey or Tewkesbury Nature Reserve. The town is popular throughout the year with a number of festivals and celebrations including the Medieval Festival.

Winchcombe

Take in Winchcombe Museum, the magnificent Sudeley Castle or visit the mosaics at the Roman villa in Spoonley Wood. If you are looking for spectacular views then head for Cleeve Hill and Common just outside the town, which makes an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds.

Hailes

Just a couple of miles from Winchcombe you can find Hailes Abbey. Founded in the 13th century, you can explore the abbey ruins, a museum that charts 300 years of history and a nearby chapel with paintings and coats of arms.

Stanway

At Stanway you can visit the magnificent Stanway House. Explore the baroque gatehouse, the inside of the house and then roam the gardens, taking in the formal gardens and the highest gravity fed waterfall in the world.

Snowshill

The high village of Snowshill is home to the 15th century Tudor Snowshill manor house now managed by the National Trust. Explore the house treasures, the terraced gardens and then relax in the teashop before setting off for Broadway.

Broadway

Drop down to Broadway, the Jewel of the Cotswolds at the foot of Fish Hill - the historic and beautiful village is a great place to relax. Explore Broadway Museum & Art Gallery or take in the views from Broadway Tower – the highest little castle in the Cotswolds.

Batsford

Explore the 56 acre site that is home to the Batsford Arboretum – the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs where you can enjoy the colourful displays on offer throughout the year. Also on site is a falconry centre with 130 birds from 60 species with aviaries and flying displays.

Stow-on-the-Wold

A market town, 800 ft up in the Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold is a great place for shopping and antiques. At the market square you can discover the old cross and stocks. Tour the Cricket Museum or visit the nearby National Trust gardens at Hidcote Manor or Kiftsgate Court.

Cirencester

A market town on the banks of the River Churn, Cirencester – the capital of the Cotswolds has a range of attractions – explore the landscape of Cirencester Park, the antique and collectable market, Roman heritage at Corinium Museum and if you time it right, the annual Gloucester Vintage & Country Extravaganza.

Overview

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Cheltenham

2
9.1 miles

Tewkesbury

3
10.5 miles

Winchcombe

4
2.6 miles

Hailes

5
2.4 miles

Stanway

6
5.0 miles

Snowshill

7
4.9 miles

Broadway

8
12.9 miles

Batsford

9
6.0 miles

Stow-on-the-Wold

10
19.2 miles

Cirencester

What to see and do…

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Forest of Dean, Bracelands Drive, Christchurch, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7NN

Great Witcombe Roman Villa

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Malmaison Cheltenham

Malmaison Cheltenham, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3AS

About the Gloucester Heart Trail

Distance:73 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:3

Leave the regency town of Cheltenham and head for historic Tewkesbury where the rivers Severn and Avon meet. Visit the splendid Sudeley Castle at Winchcombe before exploring the ruins of Hailes Abbey. Travel up to Stanway to take in the manor house and gardens before dropping down to Broadway – the jewel of the Cotswolds. Enjoy the Batsford Arboretum before visiting the market town of Stow on the Wold and finishing your journey at Cirencester – the capital of the Cotwolds, on the banks of the River Churn.

Manor Houses

The trail winds through the Cotswold countryside and takes in some special buildings – explore the treasures and grounds of Stanway Manor House, the high standing Snowshill manor house or Hidcote Manor.

Charming Cheltenham

The charm and atmosphere of Cheltenham welcomes and captivates visitors – take in the architecture of this former spa town, enjoy the pump rooms and selection of shops.

Blooming Batsford

Enjoy the splendid display of colour at the Batsford Arboretum – the largest private collection of trees and shrubs in the country – you are always ensured of great display whenever you visit.

Also Nearby

Forest Holidays- Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean, Bracelands Drive, Christchurch, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7NN

Great Witcombe Roman Villa

Brockworth, Gloucestershire, GL3 4TW

Malmaison Cheltenham

Malmaison Cheltenham, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3AS