The county of Gloucestershire in the west of England is home to the city of Gloucester and towns such as Tewkesbury, Stroud and Cheltenham. The area attracts outdoors enthusiasts, as it's here you'll find part of The Cotswold Hills, as well as the Forest of Dean. Couples, families and groups of friends can choose from a range of accommodation, from spa hotels in Cheltenham to romantic country house hotels in Evesham and chain hotels in the city of Gloucester itself.
Choosing where to stay in Gloucestershire really depends on the type of break you're looking for. History buffs can soak up the rich history of Gloucester, which dates back over 200 years, by staying in an independent hotel close to the city's attractions. It's here you'll find the Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop, as well as Gloucester Cathedral and the City Museum and Art Gallery. For those who prefer to stay in a smaller town, Stroud, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury are all popular choices, with accommodation ranging from country house and spa hotels through to chain hotels, ideal for families or business travellers.
There are plenty of attractions in Gloucestershire to keep the whole family amused. Active families will love Go Ape! In the Forest of Dean - here you'll also find Adventure Ropes courses and archery classes. Or why not enjoy a visit to one of the farms in the area, such as St. Augustine's Farm in Arlingham or Cotswold Farm Park, which hosts events throughout the year such as farmer's markets and falconry demonstrations? Kids will love Prinknash Abbey Bird and Deer Park, or for adrenaline junkies, try a day out at JDR Karting in Gloucester. After a long day of activities, you can relax at your hotel - most hotels offer free WiFi so you can upload your family photos to social media and share them with friends.
Gloucestershire's rich history means the county is home to a number of historic buildings - amongst the most popular attractions are Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey Church. Take a day trip to Thornbury Castle or Berkeley Castle; the latter dates back to the 11th Century and is thought to be the place where King Edward II was murdered in 1327. A visit to Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, just a short walk from most independent hotels in the city centre, is a great place to find out more about the city's history, or ask your hotel to prepare a packed lunch for you and take a day trip to Chedworth Roman Villa to explore the extensive Roman ruins and see some of the most beautiful mosaics in the United Kingdom.
Gloucestershire hotels offer extensive amenities to ensure families, couples and groups of friends can enjoy a relaxing stay. The county is home to a number of luxury spa hotels where you can enjoy pampering treatments, whilst most hotels offer amenities such as free WiFi, on-site parking and complimentary breakfast for guests.