Stay in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire often evokes images of typical English scenes – sleepy villages with rose adorned cottages, lively pubs with excellent food, antique shops, traditional market towns and impressive abbeys, cathedrals, castles and churches. Much of Gloucestershire lies in the Cotswolds, the ancient Forest of Dean and the Vale of the River Severn. Gloucestershire has many beautiful gardens to visit, a wide variety of excellent attractions, pubs and restaurants to relax in or for the more active there is 4x4 racing or kayaking in the Forest of Dean.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the England and Wales, and offers some of the best walking in the south west along over 3,000 miles of public footpaths. The Gloucestershire Cotswolds has many traditional market towns and historic villages like Cheltenham, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water, featuring some of the classic limestone buildings that the Cotswolds is famous for. You will note the change in colour of the buildings, from the more honey coloured limestone in the north that fades to the lighter colour in the south Cotswolds.
Towards the top of the Severn Vale lies the town of Tewkesbury, with the impressive Tewkesbury Abbey, dating back to the 11th century and the town having an active role in English history, including the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, during the War of the Roses.
The Forest of Dean, to the west of Gloucestershire and bordering Wales, is a popular holiday destination, with the woodlands sloping up from the River Wye, which is particularly popular for kayaking.
Lying at the foot of Cleeve Hill, the highest point in The Cotswolds, Cheltenham is a Spa town, made popular in the 18th and 19th centuries by wealthy visitors looking for healthy retreats. Nowadays Cheltenham is renowned for its Regency townhouses, many music and literature festivals and Cheltenham Racecourse, which annually hosts the Cheltenham Festival. Although you can still sample the spa waters at the Pittville Pump Room.
Gloucester, the County town of Gloucestershire, is located on the River Severn, and can date its history back to Roman Times. Although some way inland, it is a port city, with the Gloucester Docks linked by canal to the Severn Estuary, which allows larger ships to reach the city than would otherwise be possible. Gloucester Docks is now well worth a visit, having been renovated in the 1980s. Gloucester is still home to the most inland lifeboat in the UK. Gloucester Cathedral, dating back to the 7th century, was used extensively as a location for the Harry Potter films.
For your stay in Gloucestershire, you may want a hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast, hostel, camp site, spa resort, self catering cottage or a holiday park – simply select your chosen accommodation to view more details.
There are many exciting events happening in Gloucestershire through the year and Gloucestershire offers several world class visitor attractions not to be missed.