Places to visit

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The Old Rectory at Twigworth is close to Gloucester and Cheltenham, just off the A38 between Gloucester and Tewkesbury. It is 7 minutes to the M5.

Set in the Severn vale, Twigworth is a 15-minute drive from the top of the Cotswolds. Kingsholm Rugby Stadium (home of Gloucester Rugby) is a 25-minute walk or 5-minute drive, and Cheltenham Racecourse is 20 minutes by car.

There is much to see locally. If one site stands out – and you can see it from the Old Rectory – it’s the majestic and awe-inspiring Gloucester Cathedral (10 mins by bus or car, 30 mins walk).

The Three Choirs Festival is held every third year in Gloucester at the end of July. We may only be 10 minutes from Gloucester Cathedral, but we’re not that far from the other two cathedrals either, in Worcester and Hereford, which take their turn to host this week-long feast of music.



If the visual arts are more your thing, even closer is Nature in Art, in Twigworth itself.




Courses in the ancient languages of Latin and Greek as well as ancient history happen at Gloucester Cathedral with the Latin Qvarter.

These range from fun days for beginners to voice training for readers and actors.


Walkers and sightseers can have the pleasure of exploring the Cotswolds.

And the Wye valley and the mountains of Wales are not very far …

[Drawings of the Cotswold villages of Bibury and Eastleach, by Reginald Sharpley. See more of his work at the Old Rectory.]



The Old Rectory is a 20-minute drive from Cheltenham’s famous racecourse, which hosts a number of meetings throughout the year.

Book early for the Gold Cup week in March!

Gloucester is home to one of the oldest and most successful rugby teams in England.

Enjoy top-flight rugby at Kingsholm, a 25-minute walk (or 5-minute drive) from the Old Rectory.




A few minutes’ drive from the Old Rectory, Hartpury’s horse shows attract international riders.