Gloucester Cathedral

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Home to the tomb of King Edward II, this magnificent 1,300-year-old cathedral was also a filming location for the Harry Potter movies.

Visit Gloucester Cathedral to discover centuries of British art, architecture and history at one of its most impressive cathedrals. Admire the range of architectural styles, descend down to the ancient crypt and enjoy views of Gloucestershire’s lush countryside from the tower. Walk in the footsteps of celebrated kings and famous movie stars.

Gloucester Cathedral dates back to around A.D. 678, when it was established as a simple abbey. In 1089 work began on church that has developed as Gloucester Cathedral. Continuing work in the 1300s was in the Perpendicular style. Take a moment to observe the Gothic, Norman and Romanesque features of the exterior. Spot expertly carved gargoyles and look up at the 225-foot-tall (69-meter) central tower.

Step inside to discover a glorious nave characterized by its Norman pillars and zigzagging arches. Go to the choir to see fine examples of medieval and Victoria misericords. Gaze in awe at the 14th-century Great East Window, which depicts the Virgin Mary and Jesus flanked by apostles, saints and martyrs. Get a close view of the window which is the size of a tennis court.

Pause for contemplation at the tomb and stone effigy of King Edward II, who died under suspicious circumstances at Berkeley Castle. Also here is the tomb of Robert of Normandy, the son of William the Conqueror.

Stroll through the cloister, crowned by an exquisite fan-vaulted ceiling. This area of the church was used when filming scenes from three Harry Potter movies. Join a guided tour of the crypt, home to some of the cathedral’s oldest remains. Climb the 269-step spiral staircase to the top of the tower and appreciate the inspiring views of the encompassing Cotswold landscapes.

Experience the cathedral’s acoustics by attending carol concerts and organ recitals. Browse temporary art exhibitions and watch stonemasons work diligently to maintain the grandeur of the cathedral’s stonework.

Gloucester Cathedral is in the heart of Gloucester’s city center and is open daily. Admission and guided tours are free, although donations are welcome. Purchase a self-guided brochure for a small fee at the cathedral’s gift shop.

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