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Winchcombe
Travel Guide

Winchcombe which includes heritage elements, street scenes and a bar

In addition to a grand royal castle, this Cotswold town has quaint teahouses, award-winning restaurants, hiking trails and a scenic train journey.

Winchcombe is a tranquil market town framed by the stunning Cotswold Hills. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Mercia, it grew to be an important medieval trading town and welcomed famous kings during the Tudor years. Today, Winchcombe’s ancient ruins, castle and mellow-hued stone houses showcase its celebrated past. Use the town as a starting point to walk throughout the Cotswold countryside.

One Winchcombe highlight is the 15th-century Sudeley Castle. Walk where Richard III, Henry VIII and Charles I, among other British kings, passed. See the tomb of Katherine Parr, paintings by old masters, 16th-century tapestries and Roman antiquities. Wander around a series of expertly manicured gardens and enjoy picnics on lush green lawns.

Stroll along the town center streets and admire the rows of half-timbered houses and stone mansions. Several double as cafés, craft shops and teahouses while others are still private residences. Browse exhibits about local social history and displays of British police memorabilia at the Winchcombe Museum. Spot 40 grotesque gargoyles, Saxon coffins and a cloth stitched by Catherine of Aragon at St. Peter’s Church.

A short drive from the town center are more reminders of bygone eras. Admire the ruins of Hailes Abbey, a Cistercian pilgrimage site. Visit Belas Knap, a Neolithic burial chamber thought to date back to about 3800 B.C.

Rejoice in the selection of dining options, which range from medieval pubs to traditional fish and chip shops. The Lion Inn opened in the 1400s and 5 North Street is a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Explore deeper into the Cotswolds via marked walking trails. The Winchcombe Way is a 42-mile (68-kilometer) figure eight route around the town and its surrounding hills. Follow the Cotswolds Way to Cleeve Hill and the Gloucestershire Way to the Tudor town of Tewkesbury. Alternatively, ride the GWR Steam Railway from nearby Toddington to Cheltenham.

Winchcombe is 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of Cheltenham. Combine your visit with a tour of storybook villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Camden.

The Lion Inn
The Lion Inn
4 out of 5
37 North Street, Cheltenham, England
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The price is CA $156 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22

Situated in Cheltenham, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes Abbey is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

4.2/5Excellent! (29 reviews)

"V nice touches like coffee machine and bottled water, power shower and high quality toileteries and towels. Food in restaurant v good. No on-site parking but council car park behind pub v cheap. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2020

The Lion Inn
Historic 17th Century Cottage, ideal for couples, small families, friends
Historic 17th Century Cottage, ideal for couples, small families, friends
Cheltenham, ENG
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Situated in Cheltenham, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes Abbey and Cotswolds are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Weekend retreat

"Cozy cottage within easy walking distance of shops and eateries. Ideal for 2 adults. Dog loved the woodburner after long walks across the fields. The Cotswolds 'do' Christmas brilliantly so a shame that the cottage had no festive touches."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 18, 2020

Historic 17th Century Cottage, ideal for couples, small families, friends
The White Hart Inn
The White Hart Inn
2.5 out of 5
High Street, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, England
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Situated in a rural location, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes Abbey is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (64 reviews)
Good location & food, shower needs a bit of tlc

"Good size room overlooking the high street. No toiletries in the bathroom & shower could do with a refurbish, bit of mould and grouting discoloured. Wi fi good, breakfast and evening meal in the hotel were very good. The staff were friendly and efficient"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

The White Hart Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Historic 17th Century Cottage, ideal for couples, small families, friends
Historic 17th Century Cottage, ideal for couples, small families, friends
Cheltenham, ENG

Situated in Cheltenham, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes Abbey and Cotswolds are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Weekend retreat

"Cozy cottage within easy walking distance of shops and eateries. Ideal for 2 adults. Dog loved the woodburner after long walks across the fields. The Cotswolds 'do' Christmas brilliantly so a shame that the cottage had no festive touches."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 18, 2020

Historic 17th Century Cottage, ideal for couples, small families, friends
Dove Cottage Beautifully Restored, High Quality Tudor Artists Cottage
Dove Cottage Beautifully Restored, High Quality Tudor Artists Cottage
Cheltenham, ENG

This family-friendly Cheltenham cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes Abbey is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) ...

5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Dove cottage

"Everything which was promised was delivered. Faultless"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Dove Cottage Beautifully Restored, High Quality Tudor Artists Cottage
Archers, Sudeley Castle, Cotswolds - Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Bedrooms
Archers, Sudeley Castle, Cotswolds - Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Bedrooms
Cheltenham, ENG

This family-friendly Cheltenham cottage is located in a rural location, within a 15-minute walk of Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum and Sudeley Castle. Hailes ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
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Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

Archers, Sudeley Castle, Cotswolds - Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Bedrooms
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