Attractions in Tetbury
and the Tetbury area of the Cotswolds
Chavenage is a wonderful Elizabethan house of mellow grey Cotswold stone and tiles which contains much for the discerning visitor.
The approach aspect of Chavenage is virtually as it was left by Edward Stevens in 1576. Only two families have owned Chavenage: the present owners since 1891, and the Stephens family before them. Colonel Nathaniel Stephens was cursed for supporting Cromwell during the Civil War, giving rise to the legend of weird happenings at Chavenage since that time.
Of particular note to see on a visit to Chavenage are Cromwell's room; the Main Hall featuring stained glass windows; the Ballroom; and the Oak room with elaborate panels dating back to 1590.
Chavenage has been used for many films and TV episodes including The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a Gotcha for Noel Edmonds House Party, Berkeley Square and Cider with Rosie.
Chavenage is especially suitable for those wishing an intimate and personal tour, usually conducted by the owner, or for small groups wanting a change from the larger establishments. It also provides a charming venue for small conferences, functions and weddings
Tetbury Police Museum
The fascinating history of policing in the County on display in the original Police Office and cells of the splendid Victorian building in Long Street dedicated to the Gloucestershire Constabulary. Many exhibits from police buildings in the area which have been demolished, and include clocks, lamps, photos, batons, handcuffs, uniforms, signs, gas marks and helmets. Something of interest for all ages.
Westonbirt - The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire. Westonbirt Arboretum is renowned worldwide both for its tree and shrub collection and beautifully landscaped grounds. The collection at Westonbirt contains around 18,000 trees and shrubs covering 600 acres of Grade 1 Listed Landscape. In 2001 it was joined with its sister pinetum, Bedgebury in Kent, to form the National Arboreta. Originally created in a picturesque style by Robert Holford the arboretum is now managed by the Forestry Commission and is open for all to enjoy – a beautiful, relaxing and unique day out amongst some of the tallest, oldest and rarest trees and shrubs in the country. 2006 is a special year for Westonbirt Arboretum as it celebrates 50 years of Forestry Commission ownership and 21 years of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.