Tewkesbury Abbey has been at the centre of the town's history for centuries and continues to play an important spiritual and secular role today.Read more
Discover Tewkesbury’s rich and diverse history through a host of eclectic collections at the town’s fascinating Museum. The unspoiled 17th century building – one of only a handful that still remain in the town – houses a wide range of artefacts dating from Roman remains through to wartime austerity in the 1940s.
Collections cover notable Tewkesbury residents such as explorer Raymond Priestley, who travelled with Captain Scott to the Antarctic and survived! There is a magnificent diorama of the Battle of Tewkesbury to study and a unique fairground model that celebrates the town’s trading heritage.
The building itself is a time capsule. Built in the 17th century for a prosperous resident held in high esteem by the local community, the building was refurbished in the 19th century by the Abbey restorer, Thomas Collins. It was later split into two dwellings in the 20th century before being donated to the town as a Museum by an 'anonymous gentleman’ in 1957. Today, housing historic memorabilia dating back over 1000 years, it is a unique, eccentric glimpse into times gone by.
The Museum is very child-friendly, with a variety of activities to keep youngsters absorbed including a trail, dressing-up box and craft activities.
Because of its age, the building is not disabled-friendly. However, the staff most definitely are and they will do all they can to help make every visit as enjoyable as possible.
As a small, independent museum, run by a team of expert volunteers, there is the added opportunity to tap into a raft of unique local knowledge and research and learn more about Tewkesbury’s varied and diverse history.
The Museum’s ‘core’ opening hours are:
Summer (April-October incl.) 1.00pm – 4.00pm (Weekdays)
11.00am – 4.00pm (Weekends)
Winter (Nov-March incl.) 11.00am – 3.00pm (Weekends)
The Museum is often open outside these hours so it’s always worth checking before your visit. The team will also do its best to open for individuals or groups outside these hours, by special arrangement.
Do allow at least an hour for a visit
Contact: 01684 292901
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