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Gloucester City in England

Gloucester, with a history that stretches back to Roman times, Gloucester is a cathedral city in the beautiful Cotswolds. With recent regeneration, this city is the ideal spot for a short or long break.

 
Highlights

 

  • Gloucester Cathedral - One of the most impressive medieval buildings in the UK and the burial place of generations of royalty. Stonemasons are still improving the site from the 1,000 years of architectural styles from the Normans. Tours for the crypt and  the tower available. See website for details. Open: 7.30am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

 

  • Gloucester Quays - With an outlet shopping mall, cinema and restaurants, this historic site was once the place of exotic cargos and now boasts designer offerings for all of the family. Open: 10am - 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am - 7pm saturday and 10am - 5pm Sunday.

 

  • Blackfriars Priory - One of the most complete examples of a medieval Dominican Priory in the UK. With a cloister completed in 1239 and a scriptorium. The buildings and gardens are a great option for a family day out. Also available for weddings and parties. Open: Sundays and Mondays 10am - 4pm (dependent on events).

 

  • Gloucester Ghost Walks - Learn all about the history of the dark alley ways of the city and discover the ghostly tales. Private and tailor made walks can be arranged and are hosted throughout the year. Open: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7pm. Visit the office Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm.

 

  • CAMRA Beer Festival - Held over the St George's Day weekend in Blackfriars Priory. Features more than 100 beers and 30 ciders from across the country. With food and crafts from the local area. Tickets on the door. See website for details of future events.

 

Description

 

Gloucester was the host for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and features a beautiful medieval cathedral - this shows the diversity of this town with more than 2,000 years of history. The Uk’s most inland point and the focus of plenty of regeneration over the last few years.

 

The city lies close to the Welsh border on the River Severn and sits in the county of Gloucestershire. As a previous port, the docks had fallen into disrepair, but have now been repurposed as a public space with residential and shopping areas.

 

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful Cotswold surroundings or enjoy the history of the city with visits to local churches, country homes and museums.

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