Mini guide to Gloucester
Situated on the mighty Severn River, Gloucester is famed for its magnificent
cathedral, lovely canals and proximity to some of England's most scenic countryside.
Gloucester Cathedral is one of the finest cathedrals in England and rated as
one of the seven most beautiful in the world. Now made world-famous by being
one of the settings used for the Harry Potter movies, the structure dates from
the 12th century, although the Tower was not constructed until the 15th century.
The cathedral is noted for its massive windows, with the East Window being the
largest in England at 28.8 metres by 11.6 metres. It is also famous for its
beautiful cloisters and the wonderful perpendicular choir, while the most outstanding
feature of the nave is the Norman arcading with its huge columns.
In the city centre are remnants of medieval structures amidst the modern buildings,
while along the river the Victorian dockyards form the heart of the tastefully
rejuvenated harbour area. Also popular with tourists is the canal, which was
originally opened in 1827 and now plays host to dozens of pleasure boats plying
the scenic waters.
The town has a few upmarket hotels and several inexpensive bed-and-breakfasts.
Gloucester is not noted for its nightlife, with many restaurants only open during
the day. The Cross area features the best selection of pubs and bars.
The rolling green hills of Gloucestershire and Somerset, linking the Midlands
with the West Country, encompass numerous relatively remote settlements perfect
for getting away from it all. To the east of Gloucester is the lively town of
Cheltenham, an elegant Regency spa town most famous these days for its horse
racing. From here the land to the south and east rises sharply to the Cotswold
escarpment, which is sprinkled with towns featuring beautiful old mansions and
churches. In the south of this region lies the busy market town of Cirencester,
once an important Roman stronghold and still an important transport hub. Alternatively,
the Vale of Gloucester follows the route of the River Severn northeast towards
Worcestershire and the charming town of Tewkesbury, famed for its magnificent
abbey; while just to the south of Gloucester is Stroud, where the much praised
Museum in the Park has recently opened.
Gloucester is well served by an extensive network of roads, with access from
London provided via the M4 and M5 motorways. National Express runs buses from
all neighbouring cities and beyond, and there are frequent local services from
Cheltenham. Trains arrive every 1 or 2 hours at the station at Bruton Way from
London, Cheltenham, Cardiff, Worcester and Bristol; the bus station is right
opposite. Gloucester boasts its own small airport, Gloucestershire Airport,
situated just 6 kilometres to the northeast.
Selection of hotels in this region:
New County Hotel
Ramada Hotel & Resort Gloucester
Holiday Inn Gloucester
Hatherley Manor Hotel
Express by Holiday Inn Gloucester South
Bowden Hall Ramada Jarvis
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