Gloucestershire Heritage Attractions
Heritage sites such as castles, Roman remains, stately homes & gardens, cathedrals, country houses, historic monuments, etc in Gloucestershire...
Since the stone age, man has been creating majestic structures that we still marvel at today. Whether you are interested in ancient monuments, battlefield sites,
re-enactments, Roman and Norman forts and castles, stately homes, country houses, historic cathedrals, ruined abbeys etc, this is the page that should give you the information you need.
Here we try to list properties in private ownership but open to the public (even if only occasionally) as well as those in the care of the organisations like National Trust or English/Scottish Heritage. Please help us make this guide comprehensive by
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Gloucestershire Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc
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|CHEDWORTH ROMAN VILLA||Roman Villa|
|Yanworth, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 3LJ|
The remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country, set in a wooded Cotswold combe. Over one mile of walls survive and there are several fine mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, a water-shrine and latrine. Excavated in 1864, the site still has a Victorian atmosphere and the site museum houses objects from the villa. A 15-minute audiovisual presentation gives visitors an insight into the history of this fascinating place. Reinactments held throughout the year, please contact for further information.
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|Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD|
Award-winning gardens and medieval ruins surround Sudeley Castle, which is in the Cotswolds. Sudeley has played host to many royal figures throughout history and is the only English Castle where a Queen lies buried: Katherine Parr was Henry VIII's sixth wife. Don't miss the Katherine Parr exhibition and the newly-arrived collection of owls in the Pheasantry. The extensive gardens incorporate wild planting and topiary; herbal plants and abundant roses. They have been lovingly restored by renowned garden designers, to reflect the Castle's fascinating past. The Queens Garden is amongst the finest rose gardens in England and sits on the original Tudor Parterre. A visit to the Cotswolds is not complete without seeing one of the finest Castles and gardens in the country.
Enigmatic Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle - Photo:
Berkeley Castle, in
Gloucestershire, is something of an enigma.
The castle's overall youthful appearance is
largely the result of extensive re-building
during the years from 1340-50, when Thomas,
3rd Lord Berkeley, pulled down much of the
Even now, 650 years later, when standing
before the battlements, it is easier to
believe the work is an 18th or 19th century
sham castle rather than what it truly is: an
authentic ancient fortress that has been
maintained in nearly perfect condition.
Ashleworth Tithe Barn
Ashleworth, Gloucestershire GL19 4JA
Tel: 01452 814213 Fax:
15th-century tithe barn. The barn, with its
immense stone-tiled roof, is picturesquely
located on the banks of the River Severn. Open
Eastgate Viewing Chamber
Eastgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire,
Tel: 01452 396131 Fax:
Roman and medieval gate-towers and moat in an
underground exhibition chamber. See various
elements of this ancient gateway from its Roman
Military origins in about 68 AD through to the
16th Century 'horse pool' where animals were
washed before market.
Gloucestershire Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens
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|LODGE PARK & SHERBORNE ESTATE||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Aldsworth, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Gl54 3PP|
'Experience the thrilling world of rascals, teasers and fleeting deer. Could you acquire 'Crump' Dutton's taste for lavish entertainment and risky gambling?' It was the home of Charles Dutton, 7th Lord Sherborne, until 1982 when he bequeathed his family's estate to the National Trust. The grandstand has been reconstructed to its original form and is the first project of its kind undertaken by the Trust that relies totally on archaeological evidence. The park behind was designed by Charles Bridgeman in 1725. The Sherborne Estate is 1650ha (4000 acres) of rolling Cotswold countryside with sweeping views down to the River Windrush. Much of the village of Sherborne is owned by the Trust, including the post office and shop, school and social club. There are walks for all ages around the estate, which include the restored and working water meadows.
Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ
Tel: 01367 252486 Fax: 01367
Kelmscott Manor, a grade 1 Listed Tudor
farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, was
built in 1570, with an additional wing added to
the northeast corner in about 1665. The Manor is
built of local limestone on the edge of the
village of Kelmscott.
Gloucestershire Cathedrals, Historic Churches, Abbeys
2 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR
Tel: 01452 528095 / 01452 874960
This exquisitely beautiful structure was built
as a place of prayer to God and as a place of
Christian pilgrimage. I hope that you will come
and visit us in person and you will see it, too,
as a pilgrimage.
Abbey Office, Church Street, Tewkesbury,
Gloucestershire, GL20 5RZ
Tel: 01684 850959 Fax:
Although the Abbey was founded in 1087 by
nobleman Robert FitzHamon, building of the
present Abbey did not start until 1102. Built to
house Benedictine monks, the Norman Abbey was
near completion when consecrated in 1121.
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