Tewkesbury Abbey, Abbeys and Priorys Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire - England where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


Church Street Tewkesbury Gloucestershire England
Today in the peace of this beautiful church, it is difficult to believe that it has seen great violence and tragedy. In 1471, after the Battle of Tewkesbury, the defeated Lancastrian soldiers seeking sanctuary in the Church, were massacred by the victorious Yorkists. Each day Tewkesbury Abbey welcomes many visitors, some to marvel at its history, some to pray. A former Benedictine Abbey Church, consecrated in 1121, it is reputed to be the second largest parish church in England larger than fourteen cathedrals, and has the highest Norman tower in the country. Inside Tewkesbury Abbey visitors can enjoy a rich architectural and artistic heritage, including medieval stained glass, exquisitely sculptured tombs and chantry chapels and the 17th century Milton organ, reputedly the oldest in the country still in daily use. Other features of interest are some of the finest roof bosses in England. Events and Facilities: The Abbey is a major centre for events of all kinds. It is internationally renowned as a location for staging musical events. The Abbey provides a spectacular, large, open space with good musical acoustics. Orchestras, choirs and choral groups come from all over the world to play in the Abbey. The BBC uses it for recording concerts and there are regular organ recitals by internationally renowned organists who want to use the famous Milton and Grove organs. Every year, there is a weeklong festival of sacred music, Musica Deo Sacra, which attracts visitors from across the country. Orchestras and choirs playing as part of the Cheltenham Festival and the Three Choirs Festival perform in the Abbey. Abbey Shop: selling a wide range of music, books, jewellery and souvenirs. There is an exciting selection of gifts to suit all tastes and ages. Tewkesbury Abbey opening times: Sundays- 7.30 am to 7.00 pm. Weekdays and Saturdays- 7.30 am to 6.00 pm in the summer, 7.30 am to 5.30 pm in the winter.
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