Tewkesbury Museum, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Most towns have a museum of some kind, but not many are housed in such a fine building as Tewkesbury Museum; it's one of those lovely old timber framed houses with stairs that are steep and uneven, narrow corridors, and walls that are anything but straight. It dates back to the 17th century, and is full of wonderful original features, so it's a timepiece in itself. And if you go there you can find out just about everything to do with the history of Tewkesbury - from Roman times through to the war, the Battle of Tewkesbury, notable Tewkesburians including Antarctic explorer Raymond Priestly, and one of their main attractions, a very unusual fairground model.
So, if you're having a day out in this Gloucestershire town, visiting the Abbey and The John Moore Countryside Museum, allow time for Tewkesbury Museum too. For one thing, you never know what you might learn - and you know what they say: you learn something every day and if you don't it's a day wasted.There are activities for children and entry is free.
Open: 11.00am-4.00pm every day
T: 01684 292901 All information correct at the time of writing