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On the River Avon, at the heart of the Vale of Evesham’s market gardening region, Evesham is a market town that grew up around a vast abbey, thought to have been the third largest in the country. Founded by St Egwin between 700 and 710 AD, it would have been an amazing sight, sitting on a hill sloping down to the river and with all the accompanying life of the town around it.

Take a walk in Abbey Park beside the river and up to the remaining bell tower to see remnants of what was left after Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. See artefacts and find out more at the beautiful and fascinating Almonry Museum which also houses visitor information.

Battlefield Trail

There's a signed battlefield trail as this was the site of the infamous Battle of Evesham (1265) nobly fought by Simon de Montfort whose memorial is near the Bell Tower. Pause in the square to take in the idea of the origin of Evesham being built after a swineherd's vision.

Churches & shops

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Vale of Evesham

Asparagus Festival

Delicious taste of Spring! (Apr-Jun)

The Almonry

Evesham treasures

The Fleece Inn

Heritage pub, great beer (l,d; ££)

Text © Alison Plummer

Image by Alison Plummer