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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. Our Tewkesbury online trip itinerary planner makes visiting Tewkesbury Abbey and other Tewkesbury attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Peaceful, serene, so much 'atmosphere' from the historic resting places of the knights of the 1471 'War of the Roses' buried in the abbey. Quite a special place for private thought. Full of the... 
    Peaceful, serene, so much 'atmosphere' from the historic resting places of the knights of the 1471 'War of the Roses' buried in the abbey. Quite a special place for private thought. Full of the...  more »
  • This is an amazing complete abbey that managed to avoid being demolished by Henry VII as the villagers bought it to use as their parish church! So much to see and there is a little room with a video.....  more
    This is an amazing complete abbey that managed to avoid being demolished by Henry VII as the villagers bought it to use as their parish church! So much to see and there is a little room with a video.....  more »
  • Why, you ask, this church; when there are so many from which to choose? I offer three reasons: architecture and condition, services, and break time. Much older than many other English churches, this....  more
    Why, you ask, this church; when there are so many from which to choose? I offer three reasons: architecture and condition, services, and break time. Much older than many other English churches, this....  more »
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  • Beautiful building in wonderful condition. There is no entry fee, but donations boxes are at various points and a contribution to what must be huge upkeep cost is perfectly reasonable. The is a little gift shop inside, with some nice items for sale. 👍🙂
  • The oldest copper beech I've ever seen, must be hundreds of years old. We went to the Abbey on a whim when calling into Tewkesbury on the way to Devon. It's a lovely little town and the Abbey and beautiful grounds are an absolute gem. We went into the Abbey in late afternoon and chanced on choir practice. I'm not religious but the grandeur of the stone interior, massive pillars and vaulted ceiling, along with the beautiful singing was a magical moment, very moving.
  • Beautiful building in a lovely setting. Always good to see the resident birds of prey. The bell ringing is well worth listening too
  • Beautiful and atmospheric place with informative explanatory panels. We caught part of a Sunday service with very high standard choral singing. Lovely setting near confluence of Avon and Severn at heart of historic centre of the town. Well worth a visit.
  • Absolutely gorgeous. All too often, such places can feel intimidating but it wasn't the case at all here. Its a beautiful peaceful place with stunning architecture and interesting history.

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