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Sights near Winchcombe

We are yearly travelers to the UK and have seen many sights, this trip we are spending a week in near Cheltenham and we are looking for things to do within about an hour of there. We have done the following already:

Most villages along the A429
Berkeley Castle

We are curious about any good castles along that eastern edge of Wales and we have the Cotswold Safari Park along with Cirencester planned. Is Worcester worth seeing ?

Thanks in advance !

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Sudeley Castle and Gardens in Winchcombe.
Nearby Halies Abby and while in Broadway did you hike up to the Broadway Tower?

Loved my lunch at the Plough Inn In Ford.

Safe travels.

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I don't know what you like.

From my point I love, in a big way, Worcester Cathedral and their fabulous ring of bells. Walking along the Severn River in Worcester is pretty good.

There are two stations - Shrub Hill is the main station with good connections but a bit out of the way; Foregate Street is in the centre.

Just north of Cheltenham is Kidderminster where you can board the absolutely excellent Severn Valley Railway which is - in my not completely objective (I used to work there) opinion, the best preserved steam railway in the world.

Do you like birds? Slimbridge is pretty nearby.

Chirk Castle.

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I should have added that we are staying on the grounds at Sudeley lol. We have done the Broadway tower and plan on visiting the chip shop there. Is the Severn Railway much better than the Racecourse to Winchcombe one ( which we have done ). Appreciate the good ideas !!

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I like the GWR which runs to Prestbury Race Course quite a lot but really, truly, it isn't close to being in the same class as the Severn Valley Railway - and that's objective.

Starting off the 16 mile journey to Bridgnorth from a Victorian station across the carpark from the main line station there are several tracks often with one or more other steam engines awaiting more work, and some ancient diesels about, a good pub, a lunchroom, a museum, a miniature live steam railway, and everything to look like a true Victorian large station. There are many engines and carriages to see near the station, and then the long trains are made up of several complete sets of preserved carriages. There is the Blood and Custard set, the LNER teak-wood set, GWR sets, and others.

Then through the tunnel, past the elephants and other animals of the Safari Park, to Bewdley - the heart of the railway - with its many tracks, trains, genuine signal box (at every station), and great views into the river and the old town of Bewdley, then over the historic Victoria Bridge over the Severn - cast iron and at when it was built, a record holder - with great views, then through the Northwood Halt towards Arley. Lots to see around there, and you can walk over the little old (original) road bridge at the end of the platform and great photo opportunities of trains coming and going. Set off from there for a walk along the river and pick the train up at the next station. Further north is Highley with its very short platform (sit in the right part of the train if you want to get off) and engine house museum. Then back on again and further north pass through Country Park Halt, and into Hampton Loade. Walk down to the river and take the unmotorized ferry across, or enjoy the garden scale live steam railway at the north end of the station. Then over more bridges and viaducts and you pop out into Bridgnorth, where the main repair shops of the railway are (visitable at certain times) and over the pedestrian bridge into the upper town of Bridgnorth with its castle which played such a pivotal part in the Civil War until tunnels were dug under the castle and it was blown up from below. The ruins are still there and the jaunty angle shows the immense power of the explosion. Take a water powered funicular down to the Lower Town.

Oh, and there's a good pub in the station at Bridgnorth, too.

Then take a different (or the same) train back.

Have a browse around and there are several youtubes which give a really good overview.

It is a fabulous day out.

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Oh, and you haven't mentioned walking up Cleeve Hill. Well worth the views. Keep hold of your hat. It gets blowy up there...

I grew up just down the road.

Or the Malvern Hills. Also good water there.

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I knew that you wouldn't disappoint Nigel !! My grandparents lived on Longlands Close in Cleeve and we climbed it in 1981 when I was 13 lol. Def. going to give the railway a go ! I remember the trains running behind my pops house too in the late 70's. Thanks again !

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You don't say whether you have a car or are using public transport. If using the trains - go to Cheltenham station and catch a train to Chepstow. Then walk through the town & down to the old river bridge for a view of the castle - which you may like to pay to enter. Then take a bus up the Wye Valley to Tintern Abbey (ruin). If you have a car, continue up the Wye Valley & perhaps visit the Yat Rock Viewpoint before returning back east via the Forest of Dean.

Also consider taking a train from Cheltenham to Cardiff (which is just over 1 hour). Visit Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay etc. If going by car, consider driving to M4 J32 in north Cardiff to see Castell Coch. Then, back onto M4 to J33 and take A4232 1 mile S to visit St.Fagans Castle & Museum.

Powys Castle - that has been mentioned - is really too far for a day trip from Winchcombe. Caerphilly Castle is also within reach whether by car or train & can be tagged onto a Cardiff trip.

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James- we do have a car and thanks for the suggestions !

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I see that Google Maps is saying that the A466 from Chepstow to Tintern is closed until June 26th. This section of road often has rock falls so I guess they are making it safe.,-2.6834779,12.99z/data=!5m1!1e1

If you are coming during the period of closure, you can still reach Yat Rock viewpoint from the east. Look at the map that follows. Cheltenham is on the right. In the middle - it says ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Zoom down and that is where you will find Yat Rock. Beware that the road going down the hill northwards is very narrow. Approach from south & enter car park is OK. On the western side of the map you will see Crickhowell. If you follow the A40 that far west, you may like to continue towards Brecon as it is very scenic. Also look for Raglan - if visiting this castle, it is best done when going east. (Going west is more complicated due to road layout).,-2.6067658,11.04z/data=!5m1!1e1

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Cheltenham used to be second only to Bath as a Regency spa town. The Pump House in nice grounds is worth a visit and also the Montpellier area of town with its Regency buildings. One of the greens at the Cleeve Hill Golf Course is located within the boundaries of a hill fort. Fabulous views from here over the Severn Valley into Wales. Just off the road between Prestbury and Winchcombe is Bella’s Knap Long Barrow, a particularly fine long barrow. Built about 3000 BCE. There is, or was, quite a few years ago, a well-marked footpath from a parking area off the road.

Between Cheltenham and Cirencester is Chedworth Roman Villa, well worth a visit with mosaics, baths and central heating system. Ties in well with a visit to Corinium Museum in Cirencester where a lot of the artifacts are.

Yes Worcester Cathedral is impressive and some nice Tudor buildings in the tow, also a museum dedicated to the Royal Worcester Pottery.