Established in 1980 in memory of writer and naturalist John Moore, this eponymously named museum is located in a cottage in a row of historic timber-framed buildings. It’s home to an extensive Natural History collection that features specimens of the mammals and birds native to the surrounding countryside, woodlands and wetlands of the Cotswolds. Just a few doors down from the John Moore Museum is the Merchant’s House, a two storey building which has been beautifully restored by the same owners and furnished to show the construction of a 15th-century shop and dwelling. The site now includes the old Baptist chapel; a beautifully restored late medieval timber-framed building, that was an 18th-century Baptist meeting house. Insightful stuff.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Audio guides
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr–Oct, Tue–Sat 10–1 and 2–5; open most Sat rest of year. Open other times by appt only
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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