Gloucester Travel Guide

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Gloucester Highlights

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     Pleasant, walkable, historic city 

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     It can be a little cold during the winter months... 

  • In a nutshell
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     Where the hills of the cotswolds give gracefull way to the bore of the Estuary 

Gloucester Things to Do

  • Explore the Docks!

    Just like in Liverpool, Gloucester had its run-down and disused docks refurbished and converted to a sought-after residential area from the 1980s on. The result is a wonderful inner-city space of old red-brick buildings surrounded by the basins of the docks in which some ships are at anchor. A few cafes and shops add to the atmosphere, as do the...

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  • National Waterways Museum

    One of the most charming things about western Europe, especially England, is the network of rivers and canals that criss-cross the land. The National Waterways Museum tells the story of the waterways. Once vital arteries of transportation, they were replaced by the railroads for carrying passengers, and by the motorways for shipping goods. Now,...

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  • Inland port on the River Severn

    Miles inland, far from the sea, but Queen Elizabeth I declared Gloucester a 'port' in 1580. In 1827 an 18 mile stretch of shipping canal was opened and big sailing ships arrived in the city. Gloucester made its fortune exporting grain to the rest of the UK.These are serious Victorian dockyards ~ massive brick warehouses, one after another. It is...

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  • Gloucester Folk Museum

    Growing up just a few miles from the town, I enjoyed many of the one day children’s activities they organise here during the school holidays. They were always fun and, given that I still remember many of the things I discovered then, a very effective learning experience. While the museum is worth a visit, even just for its historic timber building,...

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  • Robert Raikes House

    The house at 38 Southgate St (now a pub) was once the fine town house of Robert Raikes. it is a sixteenth century house that has been recently restored.It has a decorative timber framed facade with octaganal brick chimney stacks. It's three gagles have unusual barge boards in the shape of yokes.At first floor level on the streey it has a threes...

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  • The Clockmakers

    The well known Gloucester Clockmaker GA baker began trading from an old medieval building at 9 Southgate street in 1882. The existing building dates from 1904. Above the shop frontage an unusual mechanical clock can be seen. This fantastic spectacle was manufactured by Niehus Bros of Bristol. It has five striking Jacks or figures representing...

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  • Robert Raikes House

    Robert Raikes house is a fine sixteenth century building with decorative timber-framed facade and octagonal brick chimney stacks. It has been lovingly restored and now houses a great pub/restaurant with many rooms decorated in period style providing a great atmosphere. The food here really did look nice but as we'd just eaten before our visit, we...

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  • St Mary De Crypt Church

    A Church was recorded on this site as early as 1140. Little survives of the original Norman Church apart from some archesin a blocked up portion of the crypt. The Crypt has had some unusual uses int the past. In the medieval period the crypt may have been used as a charnel house containing bones of the dead but by 1576 it was occupied by living...

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  • The Old Crypt Schoolroom

    The Old Crypt Schoolroom came about thanks to John Cooke, a Wealthy mercer who in the 1520's wanted to break the Monopoly of fee paying schools and create a schoolroom providing free education. Cooke unfortunately died before realising this ambition but work proceeded under the direction of his widow, Joan.The Crypt School opened in 1539 and...

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Gloucester Restaurants

  • A nice cafe in an unbeatable location

    After we had visited the cathedral we stopped in The Comfy Pew for some cream tea. It was a wonderful sunny day and we could actually sit outside and profit from the cafe's perfect location in a side street of the cathedral. The inside, though, is worth a visit too. Old wood panels and a slightly gloomy atmosphere - exactly as such a place should...

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  • Stunning Building - shame about the...

    VERY nice building but a total shame about the miserable, surly bar man who definitely didn't graduate from the school of charm. As a local, I took some visitors to this pub on Saturday August 6th 2011. We were enamoured by the building & thought we'd have lunch there but after having been served by this poor excuse for a bar man, we left. There...

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  • Waterway Museum

    Freshly baked filled baguettes, home made soup and cakes and pastries Our grandson had a milkshake (which is a bottled drink and not ice cream) and chips, I had tea (85p), quiche and a jacket potato, and Bob had a tuna sandwich and Sprite (lemonade). The bill was £8.55 ($13.60).

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  • 38 Southgate St

    The house at 38 Southgate St (now a pub) was once the fine town house of Robert Raikes. it is a sixteenth century house that has been recently restored.It has a decorative timber framed facade with octaganal brick chimney stacks. It's three gagles have unusual barge boards in the shape of yokes.At first floor level on the streey it has a threes...

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  • Great food

    We were directed to this restaurant by a local Pub owner who said this was a really nice place to eat. Vinings is situated on the ground floor of the historic Vinings Warehouse in the heart of the Docks at Gloucester. It is an eat all you like buffet restaurant which is a bit different to others I have been to as they serve a wide range of Thai and...

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  • A Great looking Pub

    The fountain Inn occupies one of the oldest known sites connected with the brewing trade in Gloucester. In 1672 part of the Inn was refurbished and upgraded to a fashionable house and tavern at a cost of £200.00.Nowadays the Fountain Inn is a warm, cosy and friendly pub. We called in after an afternoon exploring Gloucester. The best thing about...

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Gloucester Transportation

  • Car Parking at weekends - not free any...

    The River Severn forks into two channels at Gloucester. The land between these two channels is known as Alney Island. There is a car park on Alney Island, just opposite the historic Gloucester Docks. On week days it is not open to the public. The access is from the new western by-pass, which crosses Alney Island to link with the older Northern...

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  • Cheltenham to Gloucester: X94 Bus

    If you are using public transport to travel between Cheltenham and Gloucester, you will find plenty of buses labelled with these as their start and finish points (94, 97, 98 etc). but most of them take routes through and around local residential areas, stopping frequently, which can take a long time. A few years ago, a new service (X94) was...

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  • Gloucester Trains & Station

    Gloucester is well served by trains to most parts of the country, with London services departing from Paddington Station and frequently requiring a change at Swindon or sometimes at Bristol. The station boasts the longest platform in England (longer, apparently, than six football pitches) actually serving as two platforms, allowing one train to...

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Gloucester Shopping

  • Shopping Heaven

    Gloucester Quays is a fantastic shopping Mall situated right next to the Historic Docks. Here you will find a fabulous array of high street shops, coffee shops and one or two restaurants such as Pizza express and Nando's. Many of the shops offer designer goods at discount prices - you can't go wrong!There is a spacious multi stoey Car park serving...

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  • Local crafts, small independant shops

    The high street has charm and many small locally run shops. This photo shows the "Gloucester Poterry Shop". We just had to purchase a little copy of "The Tailor of Glouchester" for fun at a local bookstore.

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Gloucester Local Customs

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    by aaaarrgh Updated Dec 12, 2005

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    GANet is one of the organisations for painters and sculptors in Gloucester. They hold regular exhibitions throughout the year. During the Summer months they can be found exhibiting in St Nicholas's Church, Westgate Street.

    At other times of year GANet inhabit whatever vacant building is available. At my recent visit their exhibitions were taking place in an ex-nightclub on an alleyway off Westgate Street. It was an ideal venue, full of character with decorated period ceilings.

    The art on display/on sale at their Christmas show was well above the normal standard of 'Sunday' painters. A real mixture, skillfully ( and sometimes humerously) executed. My favorites were the life-size human dolls (what a shock, at first glance I thought they were real people) and the tiny 'rust paintings' using old iron washers from a disused Welsh shipyard.

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Gloucester Warnings and Dangers

  • Chavs

    Gloucester is undoubtedly one of the chavviest places I've ever had to live. For anyone thinking of visiting, I've compiled a list of chav locations and habits, to help you prepare and maybe avoid the worst bits.You can find chavs anywhere and everywhere in Gloucester, although they seem to avoid some of the historic buildings (they don't waste...

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  • "Chuggers"

    Imagine the scene..You’re trying to get your lunch in the high street, or perhaps you’re looking for some shoes or perhaps even just having a relaxing stroll. Out of the corner of one eye you spot a clipboard….You feel that sinking feeling in your bowels as you realise this is no on-the-town artis. You know you should resist and snarl but you make...

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Gloucester Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit an Historic Castle

    If you are in Gloucestershire, why not visit Berkeley Castle.In 1153 Lord Maurice Berkeley completed this fortress by the Severn Estuary at the command of Henry II, and ever since it has been the ancestral home of the Berkeley family, one of England's oldest families who have given their name to numerous locations all over the world, from Berkeley...

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  • The world of Beatrix Potter!

    The House of the Tailor of Gloucester Address9 College Court, Gloucester GL1 2NJDirectionsSituated in College Court just a stone's throw from Gloucester Cathedral.Opening TimesAll year Monday-Saturday during shopping hours.

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Gloucester Sports & Outdoors

  • Rugby

    One of Europes premier rugby teams are located in Gloucester.Kingsholme is close to the city centre and holds over 14,000 people including the famous 'Shed' terracing.

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  • Skiing

    Gloucester boasts Englands longest dry ski slope at 220 metre , other facilities include:snowflex FunPark150 metre trainer slope40 metre nursery slopesnowflex nursery slope3 drag liftslubricated slopes for enhanced slide There is also a cafe/bar to get food and drink.The slopes are open:Monday 10.00am - 10.00pm Slopes 5.00pm - 11.00pm Caf? bar...

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    by Balam Written Feb 14, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Gloucester Cathedral has some really fantastic Gargoyles, They look like they have crept down from their rooftop perches to steal some musical instruments which they now hold tightly while looking down from the Cathedral's gutters.

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