Tetbury Tourist Information Guide
Tetbury is a mid-sized Cotswold town located in Gloucestershire. It was founded in 681 by an Anglo-Saxon who built a monastery there, most likely Ine of Wessex. Tetbury established its importance in the wool industry in medieval times. To this day the Tetbury Woolsack Races pay testament to the history of the town. Contestants in the races on Woolsack Day run up a steep hill carrying a 60 pound sack of wool.
Tetbury is perhaps best known for its shopping. While antique shops are a popular attraction throughout the Cotswolds, Tetbury is regarded as the premier town to buy antiques with over thirty stores to choose from. People travel from all over England and throughout the world to shop in Tetbury. You will also find plenty of tea houses, pubs and inns along Tetbury’s streets in which to relax or stay. Nearly all the shops in Tetbury are locally owned. In the town centre you’ll come across the Market House, an intriguing building that seems to stand on stilts. The House contains the clock and dolphins which you see featured on the town’s emblem. Also popular and located in the city centre is the Tetbury Police Museum which exhibits the history of the policing trade in the county since 1839.
If you want to get out and see the countryside, just east of the town you can enjoy Preston Park which follows the Railway Yard Path toward Long Newnton. You can enjoy both long and short walks as well as picnics here at the picnic tables.
Another attraction just outside of Tetbury is Westonbirt Arboretum. The 600 acre park showcases over 16,000 exotic and rare trees and offers many woodland paths for you to amble along. The arboretum holds many events including pop concerts, charity walks, fireworks and a yearly Festival of the Tree.
Also of interest (although less accessible) is the Highgrove House where Princes Charles, William and Harry live. The House is less than a mile from Tetbury and is closed to the public, but occasionally you can get in on garden tours. It is not uncommon to see one of the princes visiting town!
One magnificent house with lovely grounds you can explore is Chavenage House on the edge of town. This Elizabethan style manor is located near the National Arboretum and was constructed on 600 acres of land with 17 miles of paths which are open to the public. Many tourists and locals consider the grounds of Chavenage to be as glorious as the Arboretum itself, particularly during the autumn as the foliage changes colours.
The Cotswold Water Park is within easy reach of Tetbury and contains the largest inland body of water in the country. Here you can partake in a variety of activities and sports and relax in the tranquility of nature.
Tetbury is a haven for antique shoppers but also offers a wide variety of activities both in town and in the immediate surrounding area for people with diverse interests. There is plenty to see and do here that can keep you busy for days!