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Gloucester is a city in the west of England, near the Cotswolds rural area. It’s known for 11th-century Gloucester Cathedral, which has Romanesque and Gothic architecture, plus the tomb of King Edward II. Nearby are the Gloucester Docks, with restored Victorian warehouses, a dry dock and the Mariners Chapel. The National Waterways Museum celebrates the city’s industrial past with canal boats and interactive displays.
The cathedral city of Gloucester nestled between the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean, is Britain’s most inland port, rich with history dating back to Roman times.
Gloucester’s many museums and attractions tell the stories of those that have made a great impact on England and the world; and showcase the city’s proud military and industrial heritage.
The magnificent gothic cathedral is the site of Henry III’s coronation and the final resting place of King Edward II. Gloucester Docks is a popular leisure destination for shopping, food and drink; set against the backdrop of the beautifully restored Victorian warehouses and the vast Gloucester Sharpness Canal.
Sports fans flock to the city to experience the roar from ‘The Shed’ at Gloucester Rugby or cheer their team on at Gloucester City AFC’s brand new stadium. And with Cheltenham only ten minutes away by train, Gloucester’s hotels and nightlife are convenient stops for Gold Cup racegoers.
The city has a wide range of festivals and events on offer, from the nostalgic Gloucester Goes Retro to the thumping Rooftop Music Festival.
The Cotswolds is home to some of the most unspoilt, historic and famous towns and villages in England. The honey-coloured stone buildings provide a quintessential English charm found no-where else in the world. It really is a unique experience!
Beautiful villages such as Snowshill and Painswick nestle in the Cotswold Hills, are sure to delight any visitor. Historical market towns such as
They offer excellent local shopping with thriving markets bursting with local produce.
For those visitors looking to enjoy the countryside from a more urban base the larger towns of Gloucester, with its historic waterfront, and Regency Cheltenham Spa offers impressive architecture, stylish shopping and world-class horse racing.
Bibury Bibury is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the Cotswolds. The village sits astride the peaceful River Coln, with a medieval bridge joining attractive cottages on both banks. On one side of the bridge is the ivy-clad Swan Inn, while nearby is a popular fish hatchery. A short stroll from the bridge is probably the most photographed view in the Cotswolds; a row of medieval almshouses made of golden-toned stone, known as Arlington Row. Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England”, and many visitors will agree. Bibury, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Blockley Blockley is a picture postcard Cotswold village set in amid tall trees near Moreton-in-Marsh. At the centre of the village, overlooking a wide bowling green, and dominating the landscape for miles around, is the medieval church of St Peter and St Paul. Blockley, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Bourton on the Water Bourton on the Water is a classic Cotswold beauty spot. The River Windrush flows through the centre of this lovely village. The Windrush at this point is a peaceful waterway, scarcely more than a shallow brook flowing at a gentle pace. It is spanned by a series of very low stone pedestrian bridges. Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Wyck Rissington Wyck Rissington is one of four ‘Rissingtons’ clustered in the lovely Cotswold countryside near Stow on the Wold. The village boasts a long and very wide green and the 13th-century church of St Laurence. A 20th-century vicar famously built a maze in the garden of the rectory following an inspirational dream, but most people will come to see the organ played by Gustav Holst when he served as organist here. Wyck Rissington, Gloucestershire, England
Tetbury Tetbury is a pretty Cotswold market town with a picturesque 17th-century market hall and an attractive array of Elizabethan and Jacobean buildings. The parish church of St Mary may stand on the site of a Saxon monastery. Tetbury is famous for its annual Woolsack Races, where contestants run (or stagger) up Gumstool Street carrying a sack of wool on their back. Tetbury, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Winchcombe Winchcombe is a beautifully timeless village of matchless warm-toned Cotswold stone cottages, tea shops, and traditional medieval architecture. A short walk leads to nearby Sudeley Castle, the final home of Queen Catherine Parr. The late 15th-century parish church of St Peter is known for its collection of amusing carved heads decorating the eaves. Just outside Winchcombe is Belas Knap chambered tomb. Winchcombe, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Longborough A pretty village in the Evenlode valley of the north Cotswolds, not far from Stow on the Wold. Longborough’s name comes from the presence of a long barrow, an ancient burial mound, set on the hill above the village. The parish church of St James dates to the Norman period, but much of the current building is 12th century. Within the church are a 14th-century effigy of a knight and a 17th-century mechanical clock. Longborough, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Naunton A pretty Cotswold village in the valley of the peaceful River Windrush. The cottages are built of local golden-toned Cotswold stone. There are no major attractions in Naunton, but the village is so pretty you really won’t mind! A listed medieval dovecote stands just off the main road through the village, and the parish church of St Andrew has a medieval sundial outside the entrance. Naunton, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Ozleworth The village of Ozleworth is located in an isolated valley a few miles from Wootton-under-Edge in the heart of the southern Cotswolds. The manor house of Ozleworth Park dates to the 18th century, but it incorporates a much earlier dwelling. Nearby is Newark Park, a fabulous Tudor manor house extended in the 17th century. The parish church of St Nicholas is a 12th-century building extended in the 14th century. It is no longer used for regular worship. Near the village is Ozleworth Bottom, a low-lying area rich in plant and animal life. Ozleworth, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Randwick Randwick is a small village near Stroud, in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, and is famous for a traditional annual festival, the Randwick Wap. The Wap, which dates back to the medieval period, combines a colourful procession by costumed characters, dunking the mayor in the duckpond, and cheese-rolling. The parish church of St John the Baptist is a medieval building with a 14th-century tower and several good 18th-century monuments. More Hall is a 15th/16th-century house later converted into a convent. Randwick, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Guiting Power One of the numerous pretty villages that make the north Cotswolds area such a wonderful place to visit. Guiting Power is located a few miles from Stow on the Wold. The parish church of St Michael and All Angels is notable for its wonderfully carved Norman doorway. Guiting Power, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Kempsford The Gloucestershire village of Kempsford was not always such a peaceful place. In AD 800 a battle between the armies of Wessex and Mercia took place here. At least five kings visited Kempsford, and Blanche, the wife of John of Gaunt, was raised here. Gaunt paid for the tower of St Mary’s church, but his father-in-law remembered Kempsford as the place where his heir drowned in the river. After his son’s death the Earl rode off to war, and when his horse cast a shoe when leaving the village, the villagers nailed it to the church door, where it can still be seen. Kempsford, Gloucestershire, England, GL7 4ET
Lechlade One of the most beautiful towns on the Thames, Lechlade boasts a profusion of attractive period buildings. The spire of the medieval parish church of St Lawrence is a local landmark, visible for miles over the low-lying fields that stretch out from the river in all directions. A short walk along the river brings you to St John’s Lock, the highest lock on the River Thames, where the famous statue of Father Thames watches narrowboats navigate the lock. The road south from Lechlade into Wiltshire crosses Halfpenny Bridge, an old toll bridge that retains its ancient toll house (no fee payable now!) Lechlade, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Little Rissington Little Rissington is a small village just east of Bourton-on-the-Water, halfway up a hill, looking out over Bourton Vale. There are some lovely Cotswold stone cottages by the road, and a path leads to the 12th-century parish church. Though the church is worth a visit in its own right, most people come to see the RAF cemetery in the churchyard, a legacy of the village’s association with RAF Little Rissington during WWII. There is an RAF memorial stained glass window inside the church and excellent views across the Vale from the churchyard. Little Rissington, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England