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Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury

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A former Benedictine monastery with the largest Romanesque crossing tower in all of Europe, Tewkesbury Abbey is the second largest parish church in the country. Of the church’s three spectacular organs, the most notable is the Milton Organ installed in the 18th century, while the most practical is the Elliot chamber organ of 1812, mounted on a movable platform. Attend a morning service to listen to the acoustics and enjoy a parish breakfast following the ceremony. Photography is restricted in the abbey. Arrange to visit Tewkesbury Abbey and other attractions in Tewkesbury using our Tewkesbury vacation planner.
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  • Lots of history and spirituality in this Abbey which has its origins in the Anglo-Norman era. It retains the strong simplicity of those times as well as later decoration and expansion. There is mediev...  more »
  • A beautifully lit Abbey with a very peaceful atmosphere. A place to visit whilst enjoying the ancient historic city of Tewkesbury.  more »
  • We enjoyed a beautiful Sunday evening evensong service in this historic church. (It's worth exploring the town as well). We also had a very nice, and extremely affordable, afternoon tea in the church'...  more »
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  • Beautifully maintained & restored Abbey. The abbey has a gorgeous mix of ancient and modern, which are equally reverant. The modern stained glass windows cannot be reproduced in such a way as to give any idea of their beauty and complexity. Each of the figures and faces in the abbey have been maintained and re-gilded so that they might be new. The vaulted ceilings and paint work gives an idea of what the mediaeval church would be like. The staff and volunteers were charming. (A special commendation for the car park attendant who was delightful and so helpful and friendly.)
  • This gigantic church is heaven to all ancient architecture lovers. I liked every inch of it. Will go there 1000 times. One of the much visit places in UK. I'm wondering why it's not popular to outside UK.
  • Was great until my dad got a parking fine. He paid the parking for both cars as he had change, he didn't realise that not all the money had registered for one ticket. As lovely as the abbey was, and the meal we all had in the Italian restaurant, it's the fine from the invisible council representative that will stick In our memory.
  • More interesting than some large cathedrals and set in lovely surroundings, I would recommend anyone to drop in and look around. Unusually different colours in the beautiful stained glass are well worth seeing. The shop has some lovely stock at competitive prices good for presents!
  • Very informative,had a relaxing feel about the place.Didn't feel rushed on my visit.