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Things to do in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Sailing Boats in Gloucester docks on sunny day
Gloucester Docks ©Shutterstock /Brian Dicks

Overlooked by the Cotswold Hills, in the lush Severn valley, the city of Gloucester is perfectly located and easily accessible, from all corners of the country.

View of the entrance to Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral ©Shutterstock /David Hughes

Whatever your length of stay, you'll find there's so much to see and do.

Join a guided walk or hop aboard a boat trip, discover our fascinating heritage, from our Roman foundations to our Victorian Docklands.

Learn how to drive a tug, paint a barge or relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Our park and ride service, pedestrian areas and waterside shopping, will make your trip a positive joy.

When it's time to take a break, there are many restaurants, cafes and pubs, in the city and on the water's edge.

Gloucester the Cathedral City

The Cathedral is open daily, visitors can appreciate its 900 year witness to God and enjoy the glories of craftsmanship in wood, stone and glass, old and new.

Follow the steps of the monks through the exquisite fan-vaulted cloisters.

Impressive view of the carvings in a corridor in the Cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral
Cathedral Cloisters ©Shutterstock /Jennifer A Darrell

Distant view of Gloucester Cathedral Tower
Gloucester Cathedral ©Shutterstock /Luis Santos

The Tomb of Edward II, the great east window, the Cathedral exhibition and the crypt are just a few of the delights awaiting you during a visit to Gloucester's pride and joy!

Within easy walking distance are the Folk and City museums, these fascinating museums show the extraordinary history of Gloucester and its people.

Gloucester Docks

Gloucester is the home to Britain's most Inland Port, whose outstanding Victorian Warehouses are stars in numerous period films and television dramas.

Evening view of ships and warehouses in Gloucester Docks Main Basin
Main Basin in the Docks ©Shutterstock /Andy Jeffery

In its heyday the Gloucester Docks formed the gateway for waterborne traffic into the Midlands, when tall ships and barges queued for miles along the Gloucester and Sharpness canal.

It was along this canal that captain Howard Blackburn travelled during his epic single handed Atlantic crossing from Gloucester USA to Gloucester England in August 1899.

Today Gloucester Docks is known for its award-winning museums, attractions, shops and restaurants. The National waterways Museum follows 200 years of life and development of Britain's inland waterways.

At Llanthony Warehouse visitors can drive a barge through a lock and see first hand how canal families lived and worked on the barges.

The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is a must for visitors. Follow the lives of two of Britain's finest regiments, during war and peace.

Large statue that is a memorial to Johannes Powell in Gloucester Cathedral
Memorial to Johannes Powell ©Shutterstock /Luis Santos

Garden at Gloucester Cathedral with blossom tree and benches
Cathedral Garden ©Shutterstock /Luis Santos

The Gloucester Antique centre has five floors packed with Antiques and Collectables.

Merchants Quay Shopping centre, is where high quality shops sell the unique and unusual at affordable prices. Boat trips along the canal run from Easter to October.


Out and About

Travel west from Gloucester to the Royal Forest of Dean, mysterious and beautiful at any time, but particularly stunning in Spring and Autumn.

Panoramic view from Crickley Hill Country Park near Gloucester
View from Crickley Hill Country Park ©Shutterstock /David Hughes

Travelling south will take you to the lush Severn Vale; east lies Cheltenham and the outstanding Cotswold Hills.

To the north is Tewkesbury, its historic villages and the Malvern Hills. This makes Gloucester the ideal centre for a holiday in the glorious county of Gloucestershire.

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