Situated just over a mile from the border, Birtsmorton Court is perfectly located for those looking for a wedding venue in Gloucestershire. This beautiful county, famous for its rolling hills and celebrated countryside is home to many celebrities and even the royal family. Gloucestershire is a popular UK destination for weddings and it’s easy to see why.
From elegant spa towns to quaint villages, there are hundreds of reasons to visit this part of England. Birtsmorton Court is only six miles from the Cotswold town of Tewkesbury. This beautiful waterside town is steeped in history and the main street is lined with medieval and Tudor buildings. Gloucestershire’s oldest pub can also be found here and dates back to 1308. The River Avon and the River Severn both meet in Tewkesbury, so there are ample opportunities for a morning stroll along the water to shake off any sign of the night before.
It’s easy to imagine that there would have been a strong connection between Birtsmorton Court and Tewkesbury in years gone by, not just from comparing the external architecture at Birtsmorton with this historic market town, but also by considering who may have taken shelter in the priest hole that can be found in our Great Hall. Tewkesbury Abbey has stood as a landmark in the town for over 900 years and the Battle of the Roses were fought there in 1471. Tewkesbury certainly has a place in the history books. A nod to this can be found throughout the Court in the tapestries and paintings which adorn the walls.
These days, Tewkesbury has a great reputation for a number of high-quality hotels, making it easy to accommodate guests after a day of celebrations. There are a couple of golf courses too, which might help to keep the Groom and Groomsmen entertained before the ceremony commences!
Gloucestershire isn’t all about Tewkesbury though. Slightly further afield you can find the Cathedral city of Gloucester, where your guests will enjoy spending time around the recently regenerated dock area. The Regency town of Cheltenham is also within easy reach. This shopper’s mecca has a great selection of high street stores, as well as a number of premium brands. It’s an excellent place to head if you have any last minute shopping to do the day before your wedding. There is also a fantastic selection of restaurants in Cheltenham, making it the perfect choice for a rehearsal dinner, or for a casual lunch the day after. Locally known as a festival town, from the jazz festival to the horse racing festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, there’s always something to do.
If your guests are travelling some distance for your wedding and would like to extend their stay, The Cotswolds are not to be missed. This area of outstanding natural beauty has a wealth of gorgeous villages and small towns, with honey-coloured houses, artisan shops and galleries and great places to eat. Head to Chipping Campden, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water for a day to remember, or even for a mini-moon to relax for a few days after your wedding.
Even after your big day at Birtsmorton Court, glorious Gloucestershire will not disappoint. Your guests will easily be able to spend a few days exploring this beautiful part of the world which we are lucky to have on our doorstep. If you are looking for a Gloucestershire wedding venue, Birtsmorton Court should not be missed from your shortlist.