Gloucester is a great city to visit, with so many low-cost ways to explore -here’s a list of free things to do when you come and visit us!

With many of the attractions offering free entry to make experiencing the City accessible to all, they all appreciate donations to help them stay free to all- on a pay what you can afford basis; every little helps to support our city venues and maintain our beautiful buildings.

Free Museums in Gloucester

  1. Inspect the oldest backgammon set in the world at the Museum of Gloucester
  2. Climb inside a Cockpit at the Jet Age Museum
  3. Visit the place that Beatrix Potter wrote her favourite book, The House of the Tailor of Gloucester
  4. Peer into a chamber of Gloucester’s founding’s as a fortress at Eastgate Viewing Chamber
  5. Explore the one of the oldest building in Gloucester at The Folk Museum

  1. Read books galore at Gloucester Library

Gloucester Historic Docks

  1. Discover the UK’s most inland Docks and beautifully restored Victorian warehouses.
  2. Take a snap of the Big Red Boat in the Docks (SULA)

Gloucester Churches, Chapels and Priories

  1. Gaze at a window the size of a tennis court at Gloucester Cathedral
  2. Peer inside Mariners Church – a Charismatic Evangelical Anglican Church
  3. Learn in a Tudor classroom at St Mary de Decrypt
  4. Head to the most complete medieval Dominican Priory in Britain Black Friars Priory
  5. Walk the grounds where the Monks retreated to at Llanthony Priory
  6. Dicover St Oswalds Priory,  founded by warrior princess, Lady Aethelflaed 

Walking in Gloucester

Gloucester is the prefect mix of City and Country, enjoy the urban vibe speckled with parks and surrounded walking routes galore.

  1. Dowload the free Walking Tours app and take yourself around the City
  2. Explore the carved stone structures at Hillfield Gardens
  3. Take a stroll around Gloucester Park
  4. Spot local wildlife at Robinswood Hill Country Park
  5. Enjoy riverside views at Westgate Park and Boating Lake
  6. See a 5 star Bore on The River Severn
  7. Walk part of the Cotswold Way
  8. Ponder the 16 miles of Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
  9. Amble past mature trees and grazing animals at Barnwood Arboretum and Park
  10. Stroll through the Goudy Green aka Brunswick Square
  11. Explore over 80 vessels at Purton Ships Graveyard
  12. Take a walk around Gloucester not forgetting to look up to see City’s history!
  13. See if you can find all of the city Street Art – a BID initiative
  14. Admire the Seasonal Flowers planted by the city’s BID

Insta-worthy Gloucester

  1. Get snapping at the most Instagrammed Spots in Gloucester
  2. Visit the illuminations of the Scintillating Birch Forest at Gloucester Guildhall
  3. Immerse yourself in scenes from Harry Potter and Doctor Who with our film map
  4. Drive to the best motorway service station in Britain, Gloucester Services
  5. Watch cows and sheep run around at St James City Farm

Antique Gloucester

Search for treasures in Gloucester’s collection of fabulous antique stores

  1. The New Gloucester Antiques Centre
  2. Upstairs Downstairs
  3. Otto’s

Free festivals and events in Gloucester

  1. Experience traditional forms of Folk music, performance, entertainment, and arts & crafts at Gloucester BID Folk Trail
  2. Find Reindeers around Gloucester with the BID Runaway Reindeer Trail- your chance to win £500!
  3. See Gloucester illuminated in interesting ways at Bright Nights
  4. Dress up vintage style, grab your dancing shoes and go back in times at Gloucester Goes Retro


Historic Docks
Historic Site
Historic Gloucester Docks

Collection of restored Victorian warehouses, with shops, museums, restaurants and cafe bars. Boat trips and guided walks in summer months.

Jet Age Museum
Planes at the Jet Age Museum

The Jet Age Museum is home to a unique collection of historic aircraft and artefacts charting the history of Gloucestershire's aviation heritage and telling the story of the people who made the first Allied jet powered flight possible.

Museum of Gloucester
Two generations visiting the Museum of Gloucester to take part in the bug hunt

Found within the City of Gloucester is an internationally important collection of treasures of over 750,000 objects... The Museum of Gloucester tells the story of the city’s origins as a Roman settlement and its subsequent development through the Dark Ages and Medieval period...

Gloucester Park
Gloucester Park Drone Shot By Fluxx Films

By far the largest parkland in the city. Gloucester Park has a large play area for children and a skate park for older kids.

St James City Farm
A child feeding a goat at St James City Farm

An inner city farm providing real hands on contact with farm animals. Rare breeds of pigs, sheep, goats & poultry. Ideal for family visits and school groups. Education room available. Outdoor picnic site. Guides available - simply enquire within.



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