Evesham is a picturesque town located on the northern edge of the Cotswolds Escarpment in southern Worcestershire set along side the beautiful Abbey Park and the River Avon
Train: Evesham is served with a direct rail link from London Paddington, Oxford and Worcester. The frequent service, provided by First Great Western, runs along the scenic Cotswold Line.
Road: Evesham lies at the interception of the A44 and A46 and is easily accessed from Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick, Oxford, Cheltenham, Worcester and Birmingham.
Bus: National and local services connect at Evesham High Street and Merstow Green. You may plan your visit bus via www.traveline.info/
River: The navigable river Avon runs from Alveston Weir above Stratford-upon Avon, for 47 miles, winding it's way through the Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire countryside, down to Tewkesbury where it joins the river Severn. Services for boaters at Evesham include: Flood Safe overnight moorings, full sanitary facilities, shops, diesel fuel, calor gas and emergency access facilities. Full details at www.avonnavigationtrust.org
Evesham is a mid sized town with the shopping areas centrally located in High Street, Vive Street, Bridge Street, Port Street and the Riverside Shopping Centre. A Shopmobility service is available, details can be found at www.eveshamshopmobility.co.uk
Almonry Museum: The Almonry is a truly remarkable building: dating back to the 14th Century, this Grade I Listed property has developed over a period of at least 700 years to become an intriguing architectural patchwork. It was originally built as the home of the almoner, a monk from Evesham’s Benedictine Abbey. From here he would minister to the poor and sick of the parish, handing out ‘alms’ to the needy until the abbey’s dissolution in 1539. Since 1957 it has served as the town’s museum, combining the conservation and display of artefacts and archives with the dual purpose of tourist information centre. Artefacts include the stunning Saxon grave goods, the 14th Century Abbot’s chair, beautiful illuminated manuscripts, a large collection of prehistoric fossils and a display of rare Georgian clothing. In the tranquil walled garden you can sit and soak up the atmosphere, take time to admire the Crimean cannon, the fairground galloper and the many pieces of abbey stone dotted about the grounds.
Abbey Park: In the shadow of the imposing Bell Tower, Abbey Park has a wonderful setting with a natural terrace and excellent views from the higher levels over the adjacent river Avon. Boat trips run from the Park Quay in the summer.Central to the town and originally the grounds to Evesham Abbey, the park interprets that heritage in a variety of ways.
Festivals and Events: The festival programme is very diverse! One weekend you can be rubbing shoulders with national Morris Sides in Market Place when only a month before our internationally famous Asparagus was being celebrated and two weeks later the river will be filled with a flotilla of brightly decorated boats. Starting in the spring with the arrival of the much-heralded Blossom Trail and continuing throughout the year, ending with the Country Christmas celebrations, the festivals really do cater for everyone. From the culinary to the musical, the historical to the arts and sporting to the downright eccentric, Evesham festivals really do make for a colourful year. Information about Eveshams events and Festivals can be found at www.eveshamtown.co.uk or visiting Evesham Tourist Information Office located at the Almonry Museum, Vine Street, Evesham.
Nearby Places: The town is well sited for visists into the Cotswolds - both Broadway and Chipping Campden are within a 10 minute drive of the town. Within a 25 minute drive lie Stratford upon Avon, famous for Shakespere, Worcester, famous for its Pottery and Cathedral, and Cheltenham, famous for its Spa and Pump Room as well as the annual races.
Evesham Country Park: A garden centre located to the North of the town, comprising of associated shops, countryside walks and a minature railway.
Guided Tours: Add extra interest to your visit to the historic town of Evesham with a guided tour. A friendly qualified Tour Guide will tell you the story of Evesham's past. Tours leave the Almonry Heritage Centre in Evesham every Tuesday from May to September at 11am lasting approximately one hour and costing £2 per person, this tour is packed full of enlightening facts. Pre booking is advisable.
Hire a boat and paddle around the river in the centre of the town, or take a visit to the Almonry, a museum dedicated to Evesham's colourful history, including the Battle of Evesham.
Visit the beautifully refurbished Regal Cinema (Port Street), an art deco that shows the latest movies and shows in sumptuous comfort.
Evesham is a substantial retail centre with over 350 shops. A high proportion of these are specialist independent retail and leisure businesses that thrive on offering high quality and excellent customer service in a wide variety of added value products such as locally produced food, gifts and clothing. Evesham Town Centre benefits from over 700 surface level council owned parking spaces plus an additional 270 multi storey spaces managed by the Riverside Shopping Centre.
Every Saturday in Market Place Evesham, enjoy browsing the ‘new-look’ Charter Market with its varied stalls. Take time to wander through this ancient market town, with the beautiful River Avon. Enjoy wandering through the park and riverbank and looking around the town with its independent retailers and taverns. It was a Minister from All saint’s Church, Dr Lewis Bailey, who persuaded King James 1 to grant Evesham a charter in 1603. Through time, this evolved into the weekly Saturday Charter Market operated by Evesham Town Council. In 2010 the management of the Market was taken over by a local trader Mr Joseph Jones although the Town Council still holds the market rights.
Evesham has a range of restaurants. The majority are centred around Waterside and Port Street, near to the River, whilst others are located upon the High Street/Vine Street.
Port Street/Waterside: The most common types of restaurants here are Indian/Bangladeshi restaurants. Evesham does not have a large Asian community and the majority of workers commute daily from Birmingham. The best Indian restaurants found here are the Blue Lagoon, Rilys (both on Waterside) and Maheens (Bridge Street).
The Evesham Hotel is located behind Waterside and offers a good quality English restaurant, complete with one of the most extensive wine lists in the UK. The Northwick Hotel on Waterside also offers a good quality Bistro restaurant.
High Street/Vine Street The River Avon Chinese restaurant hidden away on the first floor above the shops on High Street offers good quality food, and is reasonably prices.
The somewhat pricy, but good quality, Thai Emerald is located to the North of the High Street, and is easy to find due to the two small elephant staues located outside.
Elsewhere, the town offers several fast food outlets and some chain firms, including Weatherspoons upon the High Street.
Outside the Town: Many surrounding villages have country pubs that offer good food. Key examples worth trying include the Fleece Inn at Bretforton, Checkers at Fladbury, and the Beckford Inn at Beckford.
Evesham has many pubs for a town its size, and they are a great way to meet the locals. Pubs are dotted around the Town Centre, a single Weatherspoons is located on the High Street. There is one small night club, Innuendo, situated behind Bridge Street.
Evesham Hotel:  Fine if not cheap hotel in centre of town. Run by an eccentric owner, it has won awards for its toilets. It is also known as the teddy bear hotel, caters primarily for families, and offers several themed rooms. The wine list has hundreds of entries, but none from France or Germany.
Northwick Hotel: Located alongside the river, the hotel has benefited from a recent refurbishment (following the 2007 floods), and offers good quality accomodation.
Premier Inn: Located outside the town next to Evesham Country Park, this is a standard inn. It is located next door to the Orchard, an out of town pub/restaurant.