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Winchcombe

Travel Guide
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In addition to a grand royal castle, this Cotswold town has quaint teahouses, award-winning restaurants, hiking trails and a scenic train journey.

Winchcombe is a tranquil market town framed by the stunning Cotswold Hills. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Mercia, it grew to be an important medieval trading town and welcomed famous kings during the Tudor years. Today, Winchcombe’s ancient ruins, castle and mellow-hued stone houses showcase its celebrated past. Use the town as a starting point to walk throughout the Cotswold countryside.

One Winchcombe highlight is the 15th-century Sudeley Castle. Walk where Richard III, Henry VIII and Charles I, among other British kings, passed. See the tomb of Katherine Parr, paintings by old masters, 16th-century tapestries and Roman antiquities. Wander around a series of expertly manicured gardens and enjoy picnics on lush green lawns.

Stroll along the town center streets and admire the rows of half-timbered houses and stone mansions. Several double as cafés, craft shops and teahouses while others are still private residences. Browse exhibits about local social history and displays of British police memorabilia at the Winchcombe Museum. Spot 40 grotesque gargoyles, Saxon coffins and a cloth stitched by Catherine of Aragon at St. Peter’s Church.

A short drive from the town center are more reminders of bygone eras. Admire the ruins of Hailes Abbey, a Cistercian pilgrimage site. Visit Belas Knap, a Neolithic burial chamber thought to date back to about 3800 B.C.

Rejoice in the selection of dining options, which range from medieval pubs to traditional fish and chip shops. The Lion Inn opened in the 1400s and 5 North Street is a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Explore deeper into the Cotswolds via marked walking trails. The Winchcombe Way is a 42-mile (68-kilometer) figure eight route around the town and its surrounding hills. Follow the Cotswolds Way to Cleeve Hill and the Gloucestershire Way to the Tudor town of Tewkesbury. Alternatively, ride the GWR Steam Railway from nearby Toddington to Cheltenham.

Winchcombe is 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of Cheltenham. Combine your visit with a tour of storybook villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Camden.

The White Hart Inn
The White Hart Inn
2.5 out of 5
High Street, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, England
The price is £59 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in a rural location, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes Abbey is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (65 reviews)
"We had booked a shared room so wasn’t sure what to expect but bathroom was massive and modern so ok and right next to bedroom - breakfast was very good so for the price I paid was good value for money - to improve further - the kitchen closed pretty early -we were walking ( from a local footpath ..."

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2021

The White Hart Inn
The Lion Inn
The Lion Inn
4 out of 5
37 North Street, Cheltenham, England
The price is £126 per night from 17 Aug to 17 Aug
Situated in Cheltenham, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes Abbey is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.
4.2/5Excellent! (29 reviews)
"V nice touches like coffee machine and bottled water, power shower and high quality toileteries and towels. Food in restaurant v good. No on-site parking but council car park behind pub v cheap. Highly recommended"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2020

The Lion Inn
Dove Cottage Beautifully Restored, High Quality Tudor Artists Cottage
Dove Cottage Beautifully Restored, High Quality Tudor Artists Cottage
Cheltenham, ENG
This family-friendly Cheltenham cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes Abbey is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Good location for exploring the cotswolds.
"Accommodation very good, would definitely return 👍🏻"

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2021

Dove Cottage Beautifully Restored, High Quality Tudor Artists Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hotel Apartments ByDesign
Hotel Apartments ByDesign
4 out of 5
Beckhampton street, Swindon, England
The price is £86 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in the heart of Swindon, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate ...
3.9/5Good! (9 reviews)
Stay was ok
"Bar finding ants in the kitchen the stay was ok."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2021

Hotel Apartments ByDesign
Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
3.5 out of 5
175 Victoria Road, Swindon, England
Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop ...
3/5 (3 reviews)
Relocation nightmare !
"Relocated by Hotels.com . ESA run apartment, communications were very poor by them, not giving us a confirmed check in time until I called them four times. Advertised car park space, which should have been £5 per night was not available ! The car park next door was £38 per night, as were the local ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2019

Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
Swan Place By Flying Butler
Swan Place By Flying Butler
3.5 out of 5
77 Godwin Court, Swindon, England
Situated in Swindon, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Coate Water Country Park and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. Museum of the ...
Swan Place By Flying Butler
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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