THINGS TO SEE
Gloucester is a very old City that was first established in Roman Times. It was a natural crossing point of the River Severn and therefore the gateway into Wales since 49AD.
Befitting of a City it has a magnificant Cathedral that has been used for many movies and TV series most famously recently for Harry Potter and Doctor Who.
Gloucester Docks is the farthest inland port in the country and has been extensively restored over the past 10 years to create a lovely place to eat and drink, to watch the boats coming and going and to doing some discount shopping at the Outlet centre.
Gloucester Cathedral - formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, stands in the north of the city near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by King Henry VIII). Filming of Harry Potter took place here.
Gloucester Docks & Sharpness Canal - The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal was once the broadest and deepest in the world. Even today, it stands out from other navigation because of its sheer scale and impressive engineering. Recently restored to it former glory and upgrade to include a gym, bars, restaurant, cinema and retail outlet centre. There is also The British Waterways Museum and Soldiers of Gloucester Museum. Behind the docks across the river is Alney Island Nature Reserve a great place to take a walk or run.
Gloucester Gate Streets - Do visit the Gate Street which are the historic heart of the City. Northgate, Westgate, Eastgate & Southgate Street all have their own character and style. Look out for the historic old world pubs that have long histories inc The Dick Whittington reputably linked to the family of the Lord Mayor of London from the nursery story and Robert Raikes Public House formerly the home to the founder of the sunday school movement.
Gloucester Rugby - The Cherry and Whites as they are locally know is one of the oldest rugby union clubs in the world and is supported very widely in the city. If you get a chance to go to a game you won’t be disappointed. The stadium is within walking distance. Great Atmosphere.
Robinswood Hill - Within walking distance at the end of the Stroud Road that starts near by is the 250-acre hilltop country park with walking trails, an orchard & resident foxes, badgers & red kites. A great place to escape to for some fresh air.
Cheltenham Spa - If you want smart elegance, upmarket shopping and some amazing restaurants try out here it just down the road and easily accessed by Bus or Train. Cheltenham Steeplechase Races are world renowned and worth a visit if their is a meeting on
Cotswold Hills - Visit the many pretty villages and taking in the rolling hills. Always gorgeous. The biggest town is Cirencester which has a Roman Museum. If you want Water sports check out The Cotswold Water Park for sailing etc and their is an outdoor beach area open in the summer.
Tewkesbury - The Abbey is impressive as are many of the Tudor buildings and there are nice walks along the river..
Forest of Dean - If you love your trees a short drive away is one of the country's National Forests. You can hire cycles, walk trails and ride on a steam train.
Local Leisure Activities
Birds - Slimbridge - Newgrounds Ln, Slimbridge, Gloucester GL2 7BT 01453 891900
Birds - Barn Owl Centre, Netheridge Farm, Netheridge Cl, Gloucester GL2 5LE 01452 383999
Castle - Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5JD. 01242 602 308
Canal Boat Day Hire - http://www.gloucesternarrowboats.co.uk/
Canal Boat Trips - Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester GL1 2EH
Cheltenham Racecourse - Cheltenham, GL50 4SH. 01242 51301
Climbing Indoor Centre Gloucester - Impressive and lots of walls to climb. 01452 302 351
Cotswold Farm Park - Bemborough Farm Kineton, GL54 5UG. 01451 850 307
Cotswold Wildlife Park - Bradwell Grove, Burford, 01993 823 006
Country Park & Beach - Lake 32, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, GL7 6DF. 01285 868 096
Diving - National Diving Centre www.ndac.co.uk/ (also has a massive Zip wire)
Fishing - Bibury Trout Farm - Arlington, Bibury, Cirencester GL7 5NL. 01285 740 215
Golf - South Cerney Golf Course, Northmoor Ln Cirencester, GL7 5QD. 01285 861 001
Gym - The Gym, 111 Llanthony Road, Gloucester GL1 5SH
Health Spa - Four Pillars Hotel opposite Isis Lake with Kids swimming. 01285 864 000
Horse Riding - South Cerney Horse Riding - Cerney Wick, GL7 5QH. 01793 750 151
Paddle Boarding - SUP Gloucester Docks http://www.supgloucester.co.uk/ 07508 705 359
Polo Club Cirencester - The Bothy Cirencester Park, Cirencester GL7 1UR. 01285 653 225
Rugby - Gloucester Club, Kingsholm, Kingsholm Rd, Gloucester GL1 3AX. 0871 871 8781
Sailing - Next Lake to the right of Isis is the Outdoor Education Centre. 01285 860 388
Soft play - Go Play - Eastgate Street, Gloucester (Inc pottery painting)
Spa Treatments - ZenZero @ Gloucester Docks - 01452 527002
Strawberry Fruit Picking - Over Farm Market Highnam, Gloucester GL2 8DB 01452 341510
Swimming Outdoor - Lido, Keynsham Rd, Cheltenham. GL53 7PU. 01242 524 430
Swimming - GL1 Leisure Centre, Eastgate street, Gloucester (also has a Spa)
Trampoline Park - 2, Metz Way, Gloucester GL4 3DB - 01452 221800
Water Skiing - WM Cable Tow opposite Isis Lake to the Right. Lake 11. 0845 895 9000
Water Skiing Boat Tow - Spring lake. 01285 862 894 / 01285 860 606
Museums & Historical
Chedworth Roman Villa - A partially restored villa with original Roman Baths. 01242 890 256
Cheltenham Museum - 01242 23 7431
Corinium Museum - Cirencester Roman history. 01285 655 611
Gloucester Civic Trust - Guided Walks around the town daily firstname.lastname@example.org
Gloucester Docks - Historic port
Gloucester Prison - Take a look around the old prison, tours run daily - 01743 343100
Gloucester Tourist Information - 01452 396572
Gloucester Cathedral - In the City Centre. Where Harry Potter was filmed. 01452 528 095
Oxford - Just too many to mention!
Soldiers of Glos - 31 Commercial Rd Town Centre, Gloucester GL1 2HE. 01452 522682
Waterways Museum - Docks, Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester GL1 2EH. 01452 318200
Places to eat/drink
There are lots of places to drink and eat in the area, some /walking distance ones below:
Portivo Lounge - Great informal space and food at Gloucester Docks.
Tall Ship - Traditional Pub with fish
Coal Bar and Grill - Tex Mex type place with a good range of Cocktails
Brew House - They Brew their own beer on site.
Bills - Burgers and much more in a nice modern designed industrial space.
Wagammas - Japanese
J D Wetherspoons - Steaks etc and cheap drinks
Blossom - Chinese and eat as much as you can eat
Toast - Everything as long as you like it toasted
Beefeater - Chain restaurant
TGI - Burger and steaks and a good location
The Med - Mediterranean food in a cool looking metal box
Tank - Brew there own beer and do some food
Cafe on the Cut - Lunch on a canal boat?
Nandos - Chicken and Chips
Cote - Frenchi Bistro
Bella Italia - Italian Food
Zizzi - Italian Food
Five Guys - Fast Food Burgers
Settabello - Independent Italian
Reeces - Caribbean Flavours
Cafe Rene - Live music and home cooked style food, this traditional bar turns into club
Doctor Fosters - Good for food and drink with some of the best views of the water at the docks
Greek on the Docks - Watch the boats and feel like you are in Greece, well sort of.
Caffe Corretto - Family run Italian cafe, great for snacks & good coffee located at The Docks