Visit Gloucester

One of the UK's most historic and attractive towns, Gloucester makes a convenient base to explore the nearby Cotswolds. However, the town itself also has plenty to see and do, with a history that dates back to Roman times.

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What To See In Gloucester

Not to be missed is the spectacular cathedral, parts of which date from the 11th century. Highlights include the stained glass windows and Medieval cloisters, as well as the views from the tower. Gloucester has several other important buildings too, including the 12th century St. Nicholas Church, and the Medieval abbey at Blackfriars, one of the best preserved in the UK. Several museums are worth a visit, including the National Waterways Museum, and the Museum of Gloucester, open again after a million pound renovation. Gloucester is the most inland port in the UK, and the huge warehouses along the River Severn offer a glimpse into life in Elizabethan England; there are regular demonstrations of traditional maritime crafts such as rigging.

Food and Shopping

Gloucester has become a popular destination for 'foodies' with many restaurants and cafes offering locally produced fare. The city boasts several historic and atmospheric pubs, along with a good selection of tea rooms, cafes and bars. The town has the best shopping in the area, with many small one of a kind shops and boutiques, and its weekly farmer's market. Gloucester is a great hunting ground for those who enjoy browsing for antiques and collectibles, and the nearby Gloucester Quays shopping area is the place to go for designer outlet stores. And when it comes to hotels gloucester has a wide range to choose from, including several former coaching inns offering cosy rooms and traditional food in centuries old buildings.

Further Afield

For many people, the area known as the Cotswolds is quintessentially English, with its rolling countryside, charming towns and villages built from the local honey coloured stone, and miles of hiking and riding trails. The 800 square miles that make up the Cotswolds are also home to some of the most popular stately homes and castles in the country, and the entire area is one of the best places in the UK to find antique shops and auctions. The Forest of Dean is another beautiful area of the countryside that is easily accessible from Gloucester; close to the border with Wales it also offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, riding and bird watching.