Nestled between the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean lies the cathedral city of Gloucester, Britain’s most inland port. Gloucester really is a unique city; one that must be seen and experienced first-hand to believe, and there is something for everyone, whatever their age or interests.

Firstly, Gloucester is filled with ancient and stunning architecture, from the world-famous Gloucester Cathedral and Blackfriars Priory, to the historic Llanthony Secunda Priory and Discover De Crypt. Not only can you enjoy these well-known icons by yourself, but Gloucester Civic Trust can also provide guided tours and walks, enabling you to be immersed in a world of hidden gems.

Gloucester also boasts a number of museums, which tell the stories of Gloucester’s rich history. These include the Museum of Gloucester, The Tailor of Gloucester - Beatrix Potter Museum & Shop, the National Waterways Museum, and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Each of these offers a unique insight into differing aspects of Gloucester’s past, and highlight the city’s proud military and industrial heritage. Expanding on their usual offerings, the museums also have a diverse calendar of exhibitions and events happening all year round.

However, history isn’t the only area where Gloucester shines. The city also has a diverse cultural scene, and not a weekend goes by where you can’t enjoy live music, exhibitions, activities, and events. Throughout the year, the city hosts a wide range of festivals and events, from the nostalgic Gloucester Goes Retro to the thumping Rooftop Music Festival.  

Gloucestershire is a foodie's paradise, boasting world-renowned produce including the Double Gloucester cheese and Gloucestershire Old Spot pork, and the city’s food offering doesn’t stop there! With restaurants and cafes in abundance, you are never short of choice for a lunch or dinner location, savouring a different option every time. Whether you sample a delicious savoury crepe from Spago Creperia, a traditional Greek dish from Greek on the Docks, or the very best cheese toastie from On Toast, you are guaranteed to be left wanting more.

In addition to all of this, the streets of Gloucester are a haven for the shopping enthusiast. Whether you are looking to grab a bargain at The Quays outlet centre, or browse the unique treasures found in the many independent shops, you won’t be able to leave empty handed.

Sports fans flock to the city to experience the roar from ‘The Shed’ at Gloucester Rugby, or to cheer their team on at Gloucester City AFC’s brand-new stadium. With Cheltenham only ten minutes away by train, Gloucester’s hotels and nightlife provide convenient stops for Gold Cup racegoers.

Alongside offering such vibrant urban adventures, Gloucester also offers the chance to escape into nature, with a variety of green spaces to explore. In the city centre, you are just a short walk away from the tranquil Cathedral Green, or the stunning grounds of Llanthony Secunda Priory, and, if you fancy venturing a bit further, you can visit Painswick Rococo Gardens, Over Farm or Robinswood Hill Country Park, all of which provide beautiful countryside spaces in which to relax and explore. Gloucester also boasts docks, canals, and waterways which provide stunning waterfront views, and the chance to experience an abundance of wildlife.

Finally, Gloucester is a city not only with an amazing history, but it is also a city for the future, and is constantly changing, developing, and evolving right before your eyes. The city doesn’t stand still. It is a place for its residents, but also makes visitors feel right at home.




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