Visit Winchcombe and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, lies 7 miles North East of Cheltenham in beautiful hill country by the River Isbourne. In Anglo-Saxon times this little town was the capital of the kingdom of Mercia and boasted a remarkable abbey founded in 797 which housed the shrine of the young King Kenelm, said to have been martyred. Destroyed by Henry VIII, its ruins are still being excavated. The Parish Church of St Peter was begun in Perpendicular style in the mid-15th century it has an embattled and pinnacled tower with a brilliant gilt weathercock. It has almost 40 remarkable grotesques carved on its walls. The 700-year-old pilgrims' inn, the George, with its galleried coachyard, still bears on the lintels of its lion-headed doorway the monogram of Richard Kidderminster, the last but one Abbot of Winchcombe.
On the heights above Winchcombe is a l78-ft-long Neolithic barrow called Belas Knap in which many prehistoric objects have been found. Just to the South of the town is Sudeley Park with Sudeley Castle, once the home of Catherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. Little remains of the old medieval castle, but parts of the l5th-century structure are incorporated into Sir Gilbert Scott's reconstruction of 1858. There are some fine pictures, priceless tapestries and good furniture to be seen. Catherine Parr's tomb in the chapel was destroyed in the Civil War; the present ornate canopied tomb was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott. The formal gardens with trimmed yews screening the pinnacled chapel are particularly beautiful.
Nearby towns: Evesham, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tewkesbury
Nearby villages: Alderton, Andoversford, Ashchurch, Ashton under Hill, Beckford, Bishops Cleeve, Bredon, Broadway, Brockhampton, Charlton Abbots, Charlton Kings, Childs Wickham, Cutsdean, Dowdeswell, Dumbleton, Great Washbourne, Gretton, Guiting Power, Hawling, Hinton on the Green, Leckhampton, Little Washbourne, Naunton, Notgrove, Overbury, Prestbury, Salperton, Sedgeberrow, Sevenhampton, Shipton, Shurdington, Snowshill, Southam, Swindon, Temple Guiting, Toddington, Turkdean, Wormington
Have you decided to visit Winchcombe or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Winchcombe bed and breakfast (a Winchcombe B&B or Winchcombe b and b)
- a Winchcombe guesthouse
- a Winchcombe hotel (or motel)
- a Winchcombe self-catering establishment, or
- other Winchcombe accommodation