Quintessential Cotswolds

Tetbury may only be the second largest of Cotswold towns but it certainly ticks all the boxes for a quintessential Cotswold town. Home to the Chipping Steps, Gumstool Hill and Church Street, Tetbury has successfully swapped wool trading for antiques, so much so it is now known as the antiques capital of Gloucestershire. With around 25 antiques dealers in the town, a great place to start exploring is on Long Street where you will find the largest dealer, Lorfords, alongside The Decorator Source and Amy Perry Antiques, to name a few.

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However, if you’ve come to the Cotswolds to sample outstanding British cuisine then you’ll be spoiled for choice in the shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs of Tetbury. Not to be missed is the Highgrove shop selling Duchy of Cornwall and Prince Charles’s estate produce to take back to your Cotswold holiday cottage. In the summer months enjoy breakfast or lunch in the garden of Café 53 or visit The Priory where 90% of their food is from within a 30mile radius. A la carte Italian is on offer at Casa on Long Street or if you’re looking for dog friendly dining then the Grade II listed Royal Oak serves guest ales alongside organic food from lunch through to dinner.

Out and about there is plenty to see, and a great place to start for nature lovers is the Westonbirt Arboretum where you will find over 2,500 different species of tree and 5 national tree collections. The more adventurous will enjoy a trip up into the canopy on the Tree Top Walkway where you can take in stunning views of the entire arboretum. If staying at ground level is more your thing then why not enjoy a gentle walk around the gardens taking in the many species before stopping for a picnic in the shade of a giant oak tree.

Family fun is a short drive away at the Cotswold Country Park and beach where you can choose from pedalos, rowing boats, wakeboarding and water zorbing on the lake. Or stay dry and try out the adventure gold and playgrounds before cooking up a treat on one of the bookable BBQ pitches.

So, from antiques to fine dining, nature to adventure, it is easy to see why visitors to Tetbury return time and time again.

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