A Visitor’s Guide to Gloucester…
Known as ‘The Cathedral City of the Cotswolds’, Gloucester began life as one of the chief settlements in Roman Britain. Following a rich and varied history which saw Gloucester captured by the Anglo-Saxons, William the Conqueror commission the Domesday Book, the Tudors and the Stuarts come and pass, and the rise of Gloucester as a busy Victorian industrial shipping city. Nowadays, it is best known for its stunning 11th-century Cathedral, beautifully developed dockland and as the home of Gloucester Rugby.
Gloucester city centre is divided by the main cross roads and four mains streets: Northgate, Southgate, Eastgate and Westgate. Here you’ll find all of the usual high street shops and commodities plus plenty more unusual establishments such as Gloucester Antique Centre and the Beatrix Potter inspired House of The Tailor of Gloucester Museum and Shop. If you’re looking for retail therapy, be sure not to miss the fantastic Gloucester Quays Outlet centre! Alternatively, if you’re intrigued about Gloucester’s colourful history, be sure to schedule in a visit to the National Waterways Museum inside one of the historic warehouses.
Gloucester attracts hordes of rugby fans year on year thanks to the fantastic Kingsholm Stadium which is also used a venue for many big musical acts. The stadium can hold between 12-16,000 people depending on the event and is just a short walk from the city centre. Gloucester is also an ideal base for Mountain Bikers thanks to the fantastic FlyUp 417 Bike Park, just a short drive from the centre – a great mountain bike park for all abilities!
While there’s plenty to do around the city, Gloucester is also a great base from which you can explore the wider Cotswolds. Cheltenham is just a 15-20 minute drive away while the northern Cotswold villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Bibury are also extremely accessible.