Gloucester is a gorgeous and historic city with plenty of places to visit for tourists and locals alike. With the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean nearby, there are attractions to suit every taste. Here are our 5 favourites:
Stately homes, castles and their grounds, and a stunning cathedral are just a few sites to see in the area.
Sudeley Castle and Gardens in the Cotswolds is a great day out where you can see how the other half used to live. A host of kings and queens have walked the halls and grounds of this beautiful building which dates back to the 15th century. Inside you can see love letters written by Catherine Parr, and even a collection of beer jugs that belonged to Charles I!
If you want to see history in the city itself then Gloucester Cathedral is a must visit. You can take a tour of the library, crypts or tower, and there’s also a chance to see the cloisters which were used in some of the Harry Potter films.
Visit the Museums
There are museums covering motoring to medical history. Our top pick is Chedworth Roman Villa, which offers the chance to see beautiful mosaic floors and even to dress up like a Roman!
Spend Some Time Outdoors
If you’re looking for a fun family day out there are wildlife and animal parks. The Cotswold Falconry Centre and Birdland Park and Gardens are just two of the places you can get up close to the animals if you have time to spare.
With so much to do you could even rent a property in Gloucester to enjoy a longer stay. Speak to local experts like TG Residential http://www.tgres.co.uk/about-us for more information.
Take in a Sporting Spectacle
Gloucester is home to one of the country’s top rugby union sides, so what better way to spend an afternoon than taking in an Aviva Premiership match?
Even if you’re not familiar with the game, a day out at Gloucester Rugby is sure to be a thrill with a friendly atmosphere.
Do a Bit of Trainspotting
We’re not suggesting hanging out on the platform. Instead we think you should visit the fascinating Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, which is run by volunteers. There’s also the Winchcombe Railway Museum and even the Bourton Model Railway.