The charming cathedral city of Gloucester is situated in the South West of England on the bank of the UK’s longest river; the River Severn. Conveniently located between Bristol and Birmingham, Gloucester is also within easy reach of the Welsh border, the Cotswolds and London, making this safe city the perfect hub for tourists. Gloucester also has many cultural attractions to tempt visitors. Gloucester’s climate can be described as oceanic, with moderate temperatures throughout the year. Summer days are warm and pleasant, while cooler temperatures are to be expected during the winter. As is the case elsewhere in the UK, Gloucester experiences its fair share of rainfall therefore packing your umbrella and raincoat is advisable.
Gloucester’s nearby countryside is well worth visiting, but having access to your own vehicle is indispensable if you’re intending to do so. A hatchback will cope well with all roads around the city.
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Important things to note
The council alone offers 2,275 car parking spaces are spread over 15 car parks across the city, therefore finding a space shouldn’t cause you too many problems.
Gloucester is situated near some of the country’s major motorways, namely the M5, which makes travelling into and out of the city by car a straightforward process.
Going south to Bristol, the M5 tends to have a lot of traffic on weekday mornings when many people in the city go to work there.
Highlights & Hotspots
Gloucester Cathedral is a grand yet tranquil building, boasting impressive architecture and intricate stained glass windows. Situated in the north of the city, the cathedral has its own artist in residency and also hosts a number of events throughout the year. Interestingly enough, some of the scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed here.
Just a stone’s throw from the cathedral, you’ll find one of the city’s most family friendly attractions; The House of the Tailor of Gloucester. Situated in the exact location where Beatrix Potter is believed to have enjoyed drawing, it was here that she also gathered inspiration to write her favourite book, The Tailor of Gloucester. Entry to the house is free of charge.
Gloucester also has plenty to offer sports enthusiasts. Head down to the Kingsholm Stadium to watch the legendary Gloucester Rugby Union side play against the best that England and Europe has to offer. If you fancy getting active yourself, the city is also home to the largest dry ski slope that England and Wales have to offer!
Gloucestershire Airport is situated between Gloucester and Cheltenham but offers a very limited number of flights, with Belfast, the Isle of Man and Jersey currently being the only three destinations served by this airport.
A greater selection of flights to a range of destinations is, however, available at Bristol and Birmingham airports, both of which are located approximately an hour‚Äôs drive away from Gloucester via the M5.