Gloucester

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Gloucester showing street scenes, heritage architecture and a city

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.

Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel
Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel
4 out of 5
Bondend Lane Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, England
Fully refundable
The price is £59 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Cotswolds. Robinswood Hill Country ...
4/5 Very Good! (422 reviews)
"Attending NYE event food was great, room was clean and tody bed comfortable"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2022

Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel
Gloucester Robinswood Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Gloucester Robinswood Hotel, BW Signature Collection
4 out of 5
Marlstone Close, Robinswood Hill, Gloucester, England
The price is £62 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Situated in Gloucester, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre and Cotswolds. Gloucester Quays and Gloucester Docks are ...
3.7/5 Good! (791 reviews)
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Reviewed on 5 Dec 2021

Gloucester Robinswood Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa
Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, England
The price is £97 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Situated in Gloucester, this country house is within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Cotswolds and Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester ...
3.8/5 Good! (124 reviews)
Genuinely lovely visit
"Me and my partner stayed a night just to get away from the city for a bit and found the staff to be friendly, the food at the restaurant to be amazing and the room to be kept clean. Overall we had a really lovely time and will more than likely book to visit again."

Reviewed on 21 May 2021

Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa
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Brunswick Square Apartments
Brunswick Square Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Brunswick Square, Gloucester, England
The price is £64 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated in Gloucester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of City Museum and Gloucester Docks. Gloucester Quays and Gloucester Cathedral are ...
4/5 Very Good! (7 reviews)
Fine for a quick business trip
"Good apartment, clean and comfortable and did the job. Would be good if accurate photos could be used, the photos shown are of the more expensive apartment which is much nicer. This was slightly misleading. Would be good to be sure what you’re getting!"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

Brunswick Square Apartments
Quire Court Apartments
Quire Court Apartments
4 out of 5
Hare Lane, Gloucester, England
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (11 reviews)
Good location, quiet and comfortable bed
"The apartment was very clean and quiet but central and easy to wall around. Bed was comfortable and I would stay again"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2021

Quire Court Apartments
Rowan Studio
Rowan Studio
3.5 out of 5
Cranham Holiday Lets Rainbow End Cranham, Gloucester, England
Situated in Gloucester, this cottage is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Cotswolds and within 6 miles (10 km) of Rococo Gardens and Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre. Robinswood ...
Rowan Studio
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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