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Gloucester Cathedral

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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Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked £39
Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked

Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked

14-18 Clarence Street, Gloucester, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Gloucester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of City Museum and Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays are also within 15 minutes. Gloucester Station is only a 4-minute walk.

    The New County Hotel £29
    The New County Hotel

    The New County Hotel

    44 Southgate Street, Gloucester, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Gloucester, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gloucester Waterways Museum and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Quays are also within 15 minutes. Gloucester Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      The New Inn Hotel £60
      The New Inn Hotel

      The New Inn Hotel

      16 Northgate Street, Gloucester, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Gloucester, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Gloucester Waterways Museum and Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays are also within 15 minutes. Gloucester Station is 8 minutes by foot.

        ibis Gloucester £29
        ibis Gloucester

        ibis Gloucester

        Sawmills End, Corinium Ave A417, Gloucester, England
           
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Quays is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

          Quire Court Apartments
          Quire Court Apartments

          Quire Court Apartments

          Hare Lane, Gloucester, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Gloucester, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Quays is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) away. Gloucester Station is 9 minutes by foot.

            The New County Hotel by Roomsbooked
            The New County Hotel by Roomsbooked

            The New County Hotel by Roomsbooked

            44 Southgate Street, Gloucester, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Gloucester, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gloucester Waterways Museum and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Quays are also within 15 minutes. Gloucester Station is 10 minutes by foot.

              The Station Hotel £66
              The Station Hotel

              The Station Hotel

              Gloucester Railway Station, Bruton Way, Gloucester, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Gloucester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of City Museum and Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays are also within 1 mile (2 km). Gloucester Station is only a 1-minute walk.

                Parliament
                Parliament

                Parliament

                43 Parliament street , Gloucester, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Gloucester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of City Museum, Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester Quays is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. Gloucester Station is 12 minutes by foot.