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Winchcombe has a wonderfully timeless quality about it, Cotswold stone cottages enhanced by black and white half-timbered buildings, narrow side streets and charming houses make up the centre of this fabulous town, now famous as being a centre for walkers.
Set above the River Isbourne, Winchcombe is arguably the hidden jewel in the Cotswold crown. A wander down Castle or Vineyard Street will show you rows of lovely cottages and the beauty of the Cotswold countryside. One of the loveliest rows of cottages in the country is Dent’s Terrace. These almshouses with their beautiful fronts and gardens are the work of Emma Dent (Sudeley Castle – 1850’s) who forged strong links between the town and the castle.
As well as the town centre, must see places are Sudeley Castle with its 1,000 years of royal history and stunning gardens at any time of year; the church which is home to an altar cloth made by Catherine of Aragon and 40 grotesques (which are shaped to look like the local characters of the 1460’s) or one of the towns other attractions – Winchcombe Pottery or the Folk and Police Museum.
Winchcombe is a delight for visitors, with a good range of shops including a wonderful deli, traditional retailers, boutique clothing, interior design and antique shops to browse. The town also boasts a wealth of historic pubs, some with a modern twist, several tea rooms and galleries to while away the afternoon.
Winchcombe has ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status and many lovely footpaths with interesting things to see en-route. You can visit a remote Roman villa, Belas Knap Long Barrow – a Neolithic burial site, as well as climb to the top of the Cotswold scarp and get fantastic views. Winchcombe hosts an annual walking festival in May which offers a variety of walks with local guides, orienteering and evening events.