Gloucester is an absorbing blend of history, entertainment and recreation. Discover centuries-old landmarks, watch concerts by international acts, dine at waterside cafés and shop at contemporary retail districts. Settled in Roman times and captured by the Saxons, Gloucester became an important medieval wool-trading center and was the site of an English Civil War battle. Today, it’s a lively university city in the picturesque Severn Valley and surrounded by the Cotswold Hills.

Get around Gloucester’s city center comfortably on foot. It centers on two crisscrossed pedestrian-friendly streets. Admire the beautiful 1,300-year-old Gloucester Cathedral, which holds the tomb of King Edward II and was a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. Ring the church bells of 15th-century St. Michael’s Tower. Visit the ancient ruins of St. Oswald’s Priory and the timber-roofed Blackfriars Priory, established in 1239.

Spot dinosaur fossils, paintings by J.M.W. Turner and Roman-era relics at the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery. Learn about Gloucester’s industrial heritage and social history at the Gloucester Life Museum.

A short walk from the city center is Gloucester Docks. Once a shipping wharf and Britain’s most inland port, its Victorian-era merchant warehouses have been converted into waterfront museums, restaurants and shops. Learn about the military history of area citizens at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Do some shopping at the Gloucester Quays shopping village.

Explore the city’s selection of traditional pubs. The New Inn dates back to the 1400s. Shakespeare’s company may have performed here.

At night, attend concerts at the intimate Gloucester Guildhall. Previous performers include British rock bands Oasis and Radiohead. Alternatively, watch a match featuring Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm Stadium.

Located in southwestern England, Gloucester has direct train links to Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and London. It’s also a gateway to several natural and outdoor attractions. Follow walking trails in the Forest of Dean, hike to the summit of Symonds Yat Rock and kayak along the Wye River.

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Top hotels in Gloucester

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Orchard Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Olympus Park, Gloucester
C$53/night
Jul 25 - Jul 26
3.7/5Good! (44 reviews)

"Room decor was excellent and of very high standard"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul. 2019

The Orchard Hotel
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Hallmark Hotel Gloucester
4 out of 5
Marlstone Close, Robinswood Hill, Gloucester
C$87/night
Jul 26 - Jul 27
3.7/5Good! (556 reviews)

"Staff are lovely, nice pool facilities although slightly dated. Nice rooms, good value. My only issue was that as I booked as single occupancy I had a single bed (which I have never seen in a hotel before) and it was also not very comfortable so I didn’t really sleep that well as I was very conscious ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2019

Hallmark Hotel Gloucester
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Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham
3 out of 5
Crestway, Gloucester
C$79/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
4.1/5Very Good! (435 reviews)

"Good location, breakfast was great but room was not up to its best for cleanliness bathroom in particular was dated and shabby"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019

Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham

Popular things to do in Gloucester

Gloucester Docks
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Gloucester Docks

Once a thriving maritime port, this urban redevelopment is now a buzzing district of fashion outlets, riverside restaurants, museums and a working boatyard.

Gloucester Cathedral
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Gloucester Cathedral

Home to the tomb of King Edward II, this magnificent 1,300-year-old cathedral was also a filming location for the Harry Potter movies.

Gloucester Waterways Museum
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Gloucester Waterways Museum

Play around with interactive exhibits, study educational displays and examine an extensive collection of boats at this quayside museum.

Top activities in Gloucester

Cotswold Rover Tour
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Cotswold Rover Tour

C$106

New for 2019! This enchanting half-day tour begins with a drive to Bampton. This is one of the oldest villages in England, with its quaint 17th and 18th century cottages. Bampton is now famous as the village of 'Downton' in the popular TV series 'Downton Abbey'.

Cotswold Adventurer Tour
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Cotswold Adventurer Tour

C$139

This is a perfect introduction to some of the most enchanting villages of the Cotswolds. We start with a drive to ancient Bampton, one of the oldest towns in England and now well-known as the village of “Downton” in the TV series Downton Abbey.

Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour
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Cotswolds and Shakespeare Tour

C$139

Combining the beauty of Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon with a drive through some of the most breathtaking scenery of the North Cotswolds, our tour heads north from Oxford.

Walk the beautiful Wye valley to the ancient Tintern Abbey
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Walk the beautiful Wye valley to the ancient Tintern Abbey

C$96

There are undoubtedly few rivers in the UK that come anywhere near to the beauty of the River Wye. The fifth longest river in the UK rises in the remote uplands of Mid Wales and flows through often mind-blowing scenery to the Severn Estuary.

Cotswold Explorer Tour
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Cotswold Explorer Tour

C$139

You start your unforgettable Cotswold journey driving to Burford (the Gateway to the Cotswolds) through Minster Lovell, with its its attractive thatched houses and ruined Hall – and the beautiful villages of Asthall and Swinbrook (home to the Mitford sisters).

The Cotswolds Guided Tour
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The Cotswolds Guided Tour

C$97

Our Cotswolds tour covers one of the most beautiful areas of England. Unspoilt for hundreds of years and characterised by beautiful rolling hills and river valleys. This countryside is dotted with villages, hamlets, and small towns with buildings made from local, unique, honey-coloured stone.