Gloucester is best described as a city and a district located in the southwest region of England. It is situated between the charming Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean, and is the country’s most inland city.
Probably best known for the picturesque Cotswolds, which is the area with the lovely red houses and thatched roofs that artist Thomas Kincaide immortalized. Visitors to the region would be remiss if they did not spend at least a couple days touring this breath-taking area. Known for its market towns, it may make sense to visit several different locations to appreciate this amazing part of Gloucester.
When visiting the Gloucester Cathedral most visitors will recognize the name Harry Potter. Filming of the Harry Potter movies took place in various locations inside the Cathedral and on the grounds. Another favorite, the Tailor of Gloucester House is dedicated to the authoress Beatrix Potter who is known for writing beloved children’s books.
Sports fans will appreciate the fact that the Rugby World Cup was held in Gloucester in 2015. Other popular sports in the district include cricket, hockey, football, boxing and swimming competitions. There are plenty of places to golf, ride horses, sail and fish.
Museum lovers might enjoy the Gloucester Life Museum which is considered a folk museum with its education exhibits and folk tearooms. Note that the upper two levels of this museum are not handicap accessible. The National Waterways Museum and the Jet Age Museum are also located in Gloucester. Youth may enjoy the St. James Inner-City Farm and the twelve acre Birds of Prey Centre. Gloucester is also said to be a good place to go antiquing. Day tours and City tours as well as 3-7-day boat trips on the River Severn can add to the fun for visitors to the district.
Accommodations in this region come in all shapes and sizes. There are luxury facilities, chain and boutique hotels, B&B’s, self -accommodating modern apartments, barn conversions, Cotswold holiday cottages, pubs and inns, hostels, and camps/caravans in which to stay. Hostels may also be listed with the small hotels and guest homes or under YHA. Hostels that are exclusively for the over 55 travelers may be called Elderhostels. Finally, there are some youth and adult hostels that include educational and cultural tours as part of their package.
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