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GloucesterUnited Kingdom

Medieval monuments, energetic docklands, museums, live music and exciting rugby make the largest city in the Cotswolds an attractive destination.

Gloucester is an absorbing blend of history, entertainment and recreation. Discover centuries-old landmarks, watch concerts by international acts, dine at waterside cafés and shop at contemporary retail districts. Settled in Roman times and captured by the Saxons, Gloucester became an important medieval wool-trading center and was the site of an English Civil War battle. Today, it’s a lively university city in the picturesque Severn Valley and surrounded by the Cotswold Hills.

Get around Gloucester’s city center comfortably on foot. It centers on two crisscrossed pedestrian-friendly streets. Admire the beautiful 1,300-year-old Gloucester Cathedral, which holds the tomb of King Edward II and was a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. Ring the church bells of 15th-century St. Michael’s Tower. Visit the ancient ruins of St. Oswald’s Priory and the timber-roofed Blackfriars Priory, established in 1239.

Spot dinosaur fossils, paintings by J.M.W. Turner and Roman-era relics at the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery. Learn about Gloucester’s industrial heritage and social history at the Gloucester Life Museum.

A short walk from the city center is Gloucester Docks. Once a shipping wharf and Britain’s most inland port, its Victorian-era merchant warehouses have been converted into waterfront museums, restaurants and shops. Learn about the military history of area citizens at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Do some shopping at the Gloucester Quays shopping village.

Explore the city’s selection of traditional pubs. The New Inn dates back to the 1400s. Shakespeare’s company may have performed here.

At night, attend concerts at the intimate Gloucester Guildhall. Previous performers include British rock bands Oasis and Radiohead. Alternatively, watch a match featuring Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm Stadium.

Located in southwestern England, Gloucester has direct train links to Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and London. It’s also a gateway to several natural and outdoor attractions. Follow walking trails in the Forest of Dean, hike to the summit of Symonds Yat Rock and kayak along the Wye River.

Top hotels in Gloucester

Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham
Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham
3 out of 5
Crestway, Barnwood, Gloucester, England
The price is £44 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester ...

4/5Very Good! (564 reviews)

"Clean warm room. Mattress not to soft or hard. Plenty of decent spare pillows. Tea and coffee abs kettle in room. Great to have use of the gym and pool now. Both very clean and COVID safe with time slots so capacity not exceed. My go to hotel in Gloucester from now on."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham
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ibis Gloucester
2.5 out of 5
Sawmills End, Corinium Ave A417, Gloucester, England
The price is £26 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus and within 3 miles (5 km) of Gloucester ...

4.2/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"Perfect! Comfortable beds. Friendly staff.No complaints. Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2020

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Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa
Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, England
The price is £85 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

Situated in Gloucester, this country house is within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Docks. ...

3.8/5Good! (112 reviews)

"Breakfast was cold. Room lovely and covid 19 precations good"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Gloucester

Brunswick Square Apartments
Brunswick Square Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Brunswick Square, Gloucester, England
The price is £64 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

Situated in Gloucester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of City Museum, Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays. Gloucester Cathedral is 0.6 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
asy location

"Handy location clean flat"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020

Brunswick Square Apartments
Quire Court Apartments
Quire Court Apartments
4 out of 5
Hare Lane, Gloucester, England
The price is £97 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in the heart of Gloucester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Waterways Museum and Soldiers of Gloucestershire ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)

"Spacious, clean and comfortable. Very helpful and friendly apartment manager. Well equipped kitchen and good location for city centre amenities."…"

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2020

Quire Court Apartments
Docks Penthouse, 4th-5th Floor Duplex Apartment, Stunning Waterfront Views
Docks Penthouse, 4th-5th Floor Duplex Apartment, Stunning Waterfront Views
403 Priday Mill, 41-45 Commercial Road, Gloucester, ENG

Situated in Gloucester, this historic apartment building is steps away from Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Cathedral and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
Fantastic short break

"The greeting we had from Micheal was brilliant, it really helped to settle in very quickly. The property was so clean and comfortable, a real home from home with everything you could need, including a lovely bottle of bubbley to kick start the holiday. Location was superb and was a fantastic base ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2019

Docks Penthouse, 4th-5th Floor Duplex Apartment, Stunning Waterfront Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Gloucester

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Apr 2020

I am only here for work so have not seen much of Gloucester. I have been here previously to watch the Rugby and this would also be an ideal location for that as right near the ground.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jan 2020

Have stayed in several holiday inn express great breakfast Shaw about the rip off of price on frozen food !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Dec 2019

Nice area will be back again soon

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

No trafic ,no lost of people so food

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Dec 2019

Love Gloucester Quays

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

Town centre note very attractive.

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