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Introducing Tetbury

From medieval cottages to Georgian Gothic gems, Tetbury is an unspoilt town of stunning buildings and numerous antique shops. Once a prosperous wool-trading centre, Tetbury has managed to preserve most of its architectural heritage and is well worth a wander. A row of gorgeous medieval weavers’ cottages lines the steep hill at Chipping Steps and lead up to the Chipping, which is surrounded by graceful 17th- and 18th-century town houses. From here, it’s a short stroll to Market Sq, where the 17th-century Market House stands as if on stilts. Close by, the Georgian Gothic Church of St Mary the Virgin has a towering spire and wonderful interior.

Just south of Tetbury is the National Arboretum (880220; www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt; adult £5-7.50, under 18yr £1; 10am-dusk) at Westonbirt. The park boasts a magnificent selection of temperate trees, with some wonderful walks and great colour throughout the year, especially in autumn.

The friendly tourist office (503552; www.tetbury.org; 33 Church St; 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Sat Mar-Oct, 9.30am-2.30pm Mon-Sat Nov-Feb) has plenty of information on the town and its history and stocks a trail guide to the arboretum.