Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Cotswolds  /  Tewkesbury  /  Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury

4.8
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Tewkesbury Abbey
Save Saved
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Tewkesbury Abbey Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,717 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • The abbey is a must see when visiting Tewkesbury. Such a beautiful place and such a lot to see inside.  more »
  • From the initial approach through the gate way and Yew lined pathway to the Nave, ceiling and stained glass windows... this was an enlightening place to visit. The free tour guide is well written with...  more »
  • We dropped in for Sunday morning service. This is a lovely building and with the sun streaming through the windows and lighting the smoke from the incense I think we saw it at its best.  more »
Google
  • Beautiful remains of the original abbey, probably some of the finest Norman architecture in the UK. Most of the main abbey is gone (blame Henry VIII), but a chunk was saved for use as the parish church when the locals bought it from the Crown after the Dissolution. Lovely location just across from the river, with many medieval and later buildings around it, and a short walk from the town centre.
  • I visited with a friend on a Saturday. It wasn't busy at all (early afternoon) which gave us a chance to explore. Some of the tombs and graves are very interesting - there's a lot of information about them and historic figures buried there. I definitely recommend a walk around the grounds as well.
  • Beautiful... and free.. worth every minute in here.... and the cafes great if you catch it open.
  • Beautiful solemn exciting fascinating full of character. Friendly staff and tuneful choir practising. Very historic. Lacked any sense of communion with a higher being for me. But well worth a visit.
  • We loved visiting the Abbey. It was our first time in many years. They invite donations of £5 but not are intrusive if you just want to visit. There is currently a knitted Monks exhibition on (see pictures attached )to celebrate their 900 year centenary which is fantastic. There are also several places to light a candle and a gift shop stocking a range of goods at reasonable prices.
Places to stay near Tewkesbury Abbey

Plan your trip to Tewkesbury

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Tewkesbury

View all >
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 30​min

Side trips from Tewkesbury

4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 4​h
4.0
Duration: 8​h
4.6
Duration: 4​h

Nearby attractions in Tewkesbury

4.7
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 2​h

Shopping in Tewkesbury

4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 30​min
4.0
Duration: 30​min

Hidden gems in Tewkesbury

4.1
Duration: 30​min

Museums in Tewkesbury

Plans to Tewkesbury Abbey by other users

29 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 56 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, teens, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, teens, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Worcester BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 52 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, romantic, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in England BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Oxfordshire & Cotswolds BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 46 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SWEDEN July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Cotswolds BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans