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Gloucester packs a serious historic punch, with its origins stretching back to the times of the Romans. A network of narrow streets and lanes reveal centuries of architecture, from slanted half-timbered Tudor dwellings to handsome rows of red-brick Georgian terraced houses, not to mention the 500-year-old cathedral. It's also one of the country's most important inland ports, with historic Victorian docks on the River Severn. There's a modern side to Gloucester, too, with a thriving foodie scene, trendy wine bars and airy galleries celebrating artists from the South West. Throw in some sporting heritage, the nearby rolling hills of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and several excellent museums, and you've got the makings of a fine weekend getaway.
The city might have its fair share of hotels, but it's the bed and breakfasts in Gloucester that are the accommodation of choice for most. Maybe it's the saving you make, leaving more cash in your pocket for the attractions and restaurants, or perhaps it's the intimate atmosphere of staying in a home away from home. Either way, you can always find your perfect match when you search through the detailed descriptions and candid photos on Expedia. Just plug in your dates, price and location and let Expedia do the hard work for you. Once you've found the right B&B for you, booking just takes a few clicks. Simple. If you're after a budget break, make a beeline for one of the family-run terraced B&Bs that haven't changed much over the decades, but offer much more than you would expect for the price. Alternatively, if you're visiting Gloucester on a romantic break, one of the sumptuous rural cottages might be just the ticket. Whichever you pick, you're always guaranteed a comfortable night's stay when you book a room through Expedia.
If you're bringing the car, look out for properties which offer secure parking, a big plus in a city where spots come at a premium. After you've checked in, you can settle in to your comfortable guestroom. Most come equipped with everything you might expect, like a kettle for making tea and coffee, storage for your belongings and a flat-screen TV on the wall. If you pick right, you could soak away in the tub in your ensuite bathroom or use the in-room desk to catch up on some emails or research your weekend break, after linking to the complimentary WiFi. Be sure to chat with the owners, who are more than happy to share the best things to do or places to eat. After a comfortable night's sleep, you can head downstairs for breakfast, with things like full English fry-ups or lighter bites, like pastries and fruit, being the norm. If Gloucester doesn't sound right for you, why not try a few days in the nearby capital of the South West, Bristol?
With such a variety of attractions available, come rain or shine, you won't have trouble finding things to do near your bed and breakfast in Gloucester. If you're a newbie to the city, it would be unthinkable not to admire the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, which houses the resting place of King Edward II. It's so impressive, it's been used as a filming location in everything from the Harry Potter films to Sherlock. Literature fans should make a dash for the Beatrix Potter Museum, to learn about the author's life. Alternatively, visit one of the other attractions, like the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum – that celebrates the Glorious Glosters, the most decorated regiment in the army – or the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery. If you've brought your walking boots, the great outdoors is just a stone's throw away and when you're done with the hiking trails in the Cotswolds, you can return to your cosy bed and breakfast in Gloucester.