Places To Visit From Old Manor Holiday Cottages:
The Cotswolds, Cheltenham, Gloucester & The Forest Of Dean
From Old Manor Holiday Cottages, the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean are all within easy reach. Gloucestershire offers lot of variety for visitors with everything from designer shopping outlets to the Slimbridge Wild Fowl Trust. There's lots for holiday cottage guests to see and do whether you're visiting on holiday, a weekend break or a short break in the country.
Tewkesbury is on the western edge of The Cotswolds, and the holiday cottages are close to the traditional Cotswolds towns of Winchcombe and Broadway. The limestone hills of the Cotswolds have provided the stone for the traditional honey coloured houses and dry stone walls found throughout The Cotswolds. It's wonderful walking and touring country and there are plenty of places to stop for a browse around the quaint village streets, browse in the galleries and gift shops, enjoy a local cream tea or visit National Trust gardens and houses such as Hidcote.
The regency, spa town of Cheltenham is only 20 minutes drive from Tewkesbury. Many of the UK's major retailers can be found on Cheltenham High Street, Promenade and shopping malls. A short walk along the tree lined Promenade to Montpellier Walk and you'll find small specialist shops, boutiques, bars and cafes. At Christmas the Promenade hosts the German style Cheltenham Christmas Market. The Everyman Theatre has an extensive and varied programme of events including West End Musicals, comedy, ballet and opera. Cheltenham also hosts various annual festivals:
- Cheltenham Jazz Festival - May
- Cheltenham Science Festival - June
- Cheltenham Music Festival - July
- Cheltenham Literary Festival - October
- Cheltenham Gold Cup Races
The docks in Gloucester were England's most inland port and played an important part in the area's history and fortunes. Parts of the the impressive Gloucester Cathedral were used in the Harry Potter films, and the stained glass in the cathedral dates from the 14th Century. Just outside Gloucester is the famous Slimbridge wetlands and wildlife centre which is home to the world's largest collection of swans, geese and ducks.
The Forest Of Dean
An area of ancient forest, The Forest Of Dean is a national forest park bordered by the River Severn and River Wye. There are miles of footpaths through mixed woodland and stunning scenery.
The Dean Forest Railway is an old GWR line, which still gives visitors the chance to travel through the Forest of Dean by steam train from Lydney Junction to Parkend. The village of Newent has it's own "Shambles" a Victorian village with traditional shops, houses, workshops and alley ways for visitors to explore.