Gloucester UK

Gloucester UK

For people visiting Gloucestershire, the commonly visited places are well known – Cheltenham, Cirencester, and the pretty villages of the Cotswolds, like Bibury, Eastleach and Southrop. Gloucester is not normally on the Gloucestershire tourist trail, but it has some great attractions for the holidaymaker or visitor. See below for a selection of these attractions:

  1. Gloucester Cathedral – The Jewel in the crown of Gloucester ‘s attractions. A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral – one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and the burial place of royalty. Trace 1000 years of architectural styles from Norman through Perpendicular to the present day where the team of stonemasons are still carving and casting. The extraordinary fan-faulted medieval cloisters and Great East Window are national treasures and the Lady Chapel houses some of the finest Arts & Crafts glass in the country. The Cathedral is open from 8am till Evensong every day of the week.
  2. Gloucester Rugby – Nicknamed the Cherry and Whites, the Gloucester rugby team are one of the leading rugby teams in the UK. They have been a regular feature of top flight rugby for many years. Gloucester Rugby can consider itself to be a unique English rugby club. Founded in 1873 and, with its Kingsholm Stadium home situated near the heart of the city, the club enjoys an enviably close relationship with its supporters. Gloucester is a true rugby city, where people proudly walk the streets wearing the famous Cherry and White hoops. Gloucester Rugby plays its home fixtures at Kingsholm, a stone’s throw away from the city centre.
  3. Gloucester Docks – Gloucester Docks are a unique and inspiring destination, described by Charles Dickens as “extraordinary”. It was Elizabeth I who granted the city port status, making Gloucester the most inland port in the country. Visitors can see skilled shipwrights and riggers repairing, restoring and building traditional ships and rigging all year round in Tommi Nielsen’s dry dock on the West Quay. The Gloucester Quays area is a favourite for visitors and locals alike, with a great mix of waterside museums, bars, cafes, restaurants, antiques centre and a shopping centre, all nestling comfortably alongside the docks’ maritime heritage.
  4. Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery – The City Museum and Art Gallery in Brunswick Road has undergone a facelift thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and reopened in August 2011. There are plenty of new displays and interactive exhibits charting the history of Gloucester including Iron Age artifacts, a Roman kitchen and a medieval street scene. The ground floor has been completely redeveloped and features a dinosaur display, a Gloucester night garden and the new Cafe Nerva, named after the Roman Emperor who granted ancient Gloucester (or Glevum) the prestigious ‘Colonia’ status.
  5. The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum & Shop – The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop in fairy tale-like College Court is based in the original building used by Beatrix Potter in her wonderful story, and brings her magical world to life with displays, illustrations, unique gifts and lots more – and entry is free.

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