The Severn Vale

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Across the rivers and into battle

Here in the floodplain of England's second longest river, lies a tranquil landscape of orchard and water meadow. Tewkesbury lies at the heart of a vale where rivers Severn and Avon meet, the Severn flowing down from Wales and the Avon on its way from Stratford.

The strategic importance of Tewkesbury has not been lost with a turning point in English history in 1471 at the Battle of Tewkesbury. This key moment in the Wars of the Roses ensured that the Yorkist Edward IV took the throne. You can still visit the Bloody Meadow and each summer, Europe's largest medieval festival commemorates the event here.

To enjoy our beautiful rivers, take a boat trip or go fishing. Enjoy the abundant wildlife, including kingfishers on one of the many walks along the unspoilt river banks - these include the Severn Way and several shorter family walks.

Just a stone's throw away....

Close to the historic town of Tewkesbury are the following lovely attractions:

  • Ashleworth Tithe Barn (National Trust)
    Lovely 15th century tithe barn picturesquely situated close to the banks of the River Severn in the peaceful village of Ashleworth. Open all year round, telephone 01452 814213.

  • Odda's Chapel (English Heritage)
    Odda's Chapel is a tiny Saxon chapel now built into a medieval timber-framed farmhouse which obscures the eastern chancel. The building is a simple two-cell structure with characteristic Saxon long and short quoins.

  • Nature In Art
    A museum dedicated to art inspired by nature celebrated in many forms with visiting artists, life sized sculptures, paintings by Picasso and David Shepherd and contemporary crafts. Open all year except closed on 24 - 26 December and Mondays, telephone 01452 731422.