Things to do in Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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.
Within easy walking distance are the Folk and City museums, these fascinating museums show the extraordinary history of Gloucester and its people.
Gloucester is the home to Britain's most Inland Port, whose outstanding Victorian Warehouses are stars in numerous period films and television dramas.
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.
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.
Travelling south will take you to the lush Severn Vale; east lies Cheltenham and the outstanding Cotswold Hills.