Tetbury, an historic wool town, is the southern gateway to the Cotswolds. The town is known as an architectural gem with many of the wool merchants’ houses remaining the same as they were in the 16th & 17th centuries during the height of the town’s prosperity from the wool trade.
Tetbury’s buildings of note include the Grade1 listed Market House, for centuries this has been the hub of the town and markets are held here regularly on Wednesdays & Saturdays. The Parish Church of St Mary’s (the Virgin & Magdalen) has one of the tallest & most elegant spires in the UK and greets the visitor whichever way they arrive. The Chipping (now a car park) means market and was for centuries the site of the mop fairs where local farmhands, labourers & domestic staff offered themselves for employment. The cobbled Chipping Steps flanked by weavers cottages climb from lower Tetbury to the Chipping and are one of the iconic views of the town. The Police Museum in the Old Court House houses the world renowned Alex Nicols collection of handcuffs & restraints, together with Gloucester policing memorabilia.
Tetbury is well-known for its independent shops, including antiques, vintage & interiors, exclusive boutiques & the Highgrove shop.
Tetbury celebrates over 1300 years of recorded history since Tetta’s Monastry was mentioned by King Ethelred in 681AD. In 1633 the Earls of Berkeley allowed Tetbury inhabitants to buy the Manor & the Borough. A body of townsfolk governed the town & became Feoffes, or trustees, the Feoffes still exist today, maintaining a respectful presence & performing duties of care within the town.
Regular events in Tetbury include the Wacky Races (May Day), the Woolsack Races, a long standing tradition which requires 65lb woolsacks to be carried by the contestants up and down the 1 in 4 hill (Spring Bank Holiday), Summer show (Aug), Food & Drink Festival (Sept), Tetbury Music Festival (Oct) & Christmas in Tetbury Lights Switch-on (early Dec).
Further afield the lush rolling countryside that surrounds Tetbury is home to a stunning array of attractions from the National Arboretum at Westonbirt to the glorious Elizabethan Chavenage House used for many famous films and TV series, the Arts & Crafts Manor at Rodmarton & finally HRH Prince of Wales’ unique garden at Highgrove. There are also numerous equestrian events including Badminton Horse Trials, Gatcombe Festival of British Eventing & Beaufort Polo.
Parking & Transport
- Car Parks
Towns & Villages
- Farmers market
- Information Centre
- Public telephone
- Public toilets
- Recycling points
- Toilets for disabled visitors
- Village shop