Fun Facts about Glorious Gloucester
If you’ve never been to Gloucester, it’s well worth a visit. Not only is it home to a stunning cathedral, the longest river in Britain and the country’s inner most port. But there’s a lot more than that to see in the ancient Roman city of Gloucester, so let’s find out some more:
- Outstanding Beauty
You don’t have to travel far outside of the city to find yourself enveloped in beautiful countryside. The Cotswolds are found in the county and are recognised by UNESCO as an Area of Outstanding Beauty. The landscape is protected by law and it’s clear to see why when you visit. Rolling hills, stunning picture postcard villages and abundant wildlife await you.
- Landscape Variety
The other thing you’ll notice is that the county features a wide diversity of landscapes. From the pretty Cotswold stone villages to the mysterious wooded hills of the Forest of Dean. From Roman ruins in Gloucester to the 19th century Regency majesty of Cheltenham. There is much diversity in the county of Gloucestershire. To see for yourself, consider a visit to Park Homes Gloucestershire.
Your visit must include Tewkesbury where you’ll discover the black and white Tudor buildings of the medieval period, an abbey with a fascinating history and lots of family-friendly activities.
- Famous People
Believe it or not, Gloucester has a glamourous list of previous residents, including Kate Moss, Alex James and Kate Winslett. J.K Rowling also spent time in her childhood growing up in the county.
- Cheese Rolling
Gloucester is also world-famous for being the home of the dangerous annual cheese rolling competition. This event takes place in May on Coopers Hill, which is incredibly steep. Contestants hurl themselves downhill after the cheese.
Not just for history buffs, this magnificent 12th century cathedral was used in the filming of the Harry Potter movies and attracts fans of the film franchise to come and walk the cloisters like Harry, Ron and Hermione!
- The Docks
Gloucester was once a busy and important port, being the furthest inland port in the whole country. Today, the warehouses have been renovated and turned into contemporary apartments, antique stores, the National Waterways Museum and a large shopping centre. You’ll find waterside dining in the many restaurants available, a bustling entertainment centre and lots of top name stores offering great discounts.
- Perfect Location
Gloucester is in an ideal location to act as a base for exploring the region. With easy access to the M5, nearby places include Bath, Cardiff, Swindon, Bristol and Birmingham.