The city of Gloucester is situated on the River Severn and is the 46th largest settlement in England. When you decide to visit Gloucester,
you’re sure to find plenty of
things to keep you occupied in the city and nearby. A short drive from the city and visit the woodlands of the Royal Forest of Dean or on a clear day enjoying the views from the Malvern Hills. Whilst to the east you have the Cotswolds with its variety of quiet unspoilt villages, which you can explore.
Although the city is a port, the docks got neglected and but have since been extensively renovated. Now you can spend time wandering around this beautiful open space or you can visit one of the many shops in the docks area. There are also some lovely bars where you can sit and enjoy some great drinks and food. One of the old dock warehouses also houses the National Waterways Museum. If you’re interested in military history, then make sure to check the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Custom House.
A visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without seeing Gloucester Cathedral. This building has been a place of worship for more than thirteen hundred years. Inside you will be amazed at the beautiful architecture and its cloisters are considered to be among the most beautiful in England today. If you get a sense of deja-vu, you know this building from somewhere then you do as the cathedral has been used as a location for the Harry Potter movies.
Another place that many people like to spend time in when visiting the city of Gloucester is its park. This can be found just a short stroll from the city center and was the first park to be developed. The park has lots of space to keep your children occupied and you to enjoy a picnic on a summers afternoon. The park is host to a number of different events during the summer. You can find out about these online or at the Information Office that is housed in a Tudor Cottage and will tell you exactly what is happening at the time of your visit.
One more place that may well be of interest to you when you v is Blackfriars. This is the oldest surviving Dominican Priory in England. Although it hasn’t been a friary since 1538, Thomas Bell bought the buildings for himself. He had part of the monastery converted into a home and the remainder of the building was turned into a factory which made clothes locally. At certain times of the year English Heritage now offer guided tours around the property.
Check out this Gloucester hotel directory for your next visit.