A visitor’s guide to Winchcombe
PUBLISHED: 16:28 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:28 24 October 2016
Nestled in the valley between Broadway and Cheltenham, the charming town of Winchcombe is famous for its Cotswold stone cottages, narrow side streets and delightful independent shops. Take a look at our guide to help you make the most of your visit to this historic town that’s bursting with character.
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Starting life as a 15th century coaching inn, The Lion Inn has played an important role in Winchcombe and the surrounding areas; providing accommodation and food to patrons for many years. It retains much of its historic character and zany charm, so retreat to one of the relaxing bedrooms after a day exploring the town.
Voted one of Britain’s top 50 cosiest hotels in the Telegraph, Wesley House’s five individually decorated bedrooms exude Cotswold character. We recommend snuggling up in the Almsbury bedroom where wonderful views of the countryside can be enjoyed on a private terrace.
Alongside fantastic dining and drinks enjoyed at The Lion Inn and Wesley House, get your foodie fix at…
This family run, Michelin starred restaurant serves mouth-watering dishes packed full of flavour in a cosy dining room setting. The menu continuously changes; providing visitors with meals full of seasonal produce and ingredients from local artisans.
Make a pit-stop at Food Fanatics, a delicatessen and coffee shop that is ideal after a spot of shopping in Winchcombe’s many boutiques. There’s a plethora of hot and cold food and drinks to enjoy including made to order filled sandwiches, soups and delicious slices of homemade cakes. Don’t forget to browse the shop afterwards to take away some scrumptious foodie treats.
Local watering holes to enjoy a tipple…
The White Hart Inn’s traditional bar is a wonderful place to take a seat and enjoy a Hereford’s Westons cider or a Cotswold brewed ale. The Inn also serves an extensive menu of tasty pub grub style dishes and there’s also plenty of accommodation available.
Exuding the warmth of the original 15th century Inn, The Corner Cupboard retains its charm with roaring fires, oak beams and flagstone floors. Sample a drinks menu jam-packed with choices of real ale, continental lagers and wine, and retreat to a cosy corner of the pub to while the evening away. In summer months, food and drink can be enjoyed in the picturesque pub courtyard full of blooming flora.
Just a stone’s throw from the centre of Winchcombe sits the breathtaking Sudeley Castle and its surrounding scenic gardens, a must-see when staying in the town. Playing an important part in England’s history for over 1000 years, expect to find fascinating treasures that lie in the castle rooms dating back to Roman times and up until the present day. The stunning landscaped gardens set on the estate’s 1200 acres are perfect for a peaceful stroll or to explore with the kids. Also make sure to visit the beautiful 15th century church where Henry VIII’s sixth wife Katherine Parr lays entombed – Sudeley is the only private castle in England where a Queen has been laid to rest.
Set amid charming Cotswold countryside, near the centre of Winchcombe, you can find the impressive ruins of Hailes Abbey. Built in the 13th century by the Earl of Cornwall, Hailes Abbey was once a centre of monastic life. We recommend having an audio tour and taking a peek at the display boards to guide you through the rich history of the site. A little imagination truly brings the place alive, and its tranquil ambience means it is ideal for relaxing and enjoying a picnic. Make sure to visit the museum before you leave to see sculptures, stonework and other site-finds.
Unlike Cheltenham’s bustling high street, you can take your time browsing some of Winchcombe’s lovely independent shops and discover scores of antiques, art and gifts. Explore Emporium for a treasure trove of inspiring gifts or the Antiques Centre for a vast selection of vintage finds.
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