A charming cathedral city in Gloucestershire, Gloucester sits close to the River Severn, just along the Welsh border. A wonderful holiday destination for families, friends and couples, Gloucester has everything to offer from fun nights out to relaxing afternoons, surrounded by splendid scenery. Browse your way through the ancient high street, which nurtures a growing collection of independent shops (such as ‘Fab and Faded’) and cafes, sure to make for interesting finds and friendly faces. If you enjoy looking at antiques, you’ll also be pleased to know Gloucester is full of high-grade antique shops! Spend your morning walking along the River Severn with the kids, and after an afternoon of shopping, be sure to visit one of the city’s fine pubs and restaurants, such as Café Rene, renowned for their steak.
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Situated near the river, Gloucester cathedral is the burial place of King Edward II. Its foundations, however, stretch back all the way to 681. Any Harry Potter fans might be interested to know that its corridors were used in the filming of three of the Harry Potter films. Further bringing together the ancient and the modern is Gloucester Day, which started in 1643, celebrating the city’s diversity and showcasing its historical and cultural background. Today, many festivals take place in the city, such as the yearly Rhythm and Blues festival at the end of July, and also the Zydeco and Cajun festivals, which are the longest-running in the whole of Europe and sure to be an unforgettable experience.
To find out more about the city’s intriguing past, stop by of many museums, or for an evening of arts entertainment, be sure to visit the Guildhall.
Gloucester will never fall short when it comes to magnificent walks, such as the Robinswood Hill Country Park, the nearby Forest of Dean and the Cotswold Hills, making it perfect for any looking to escape to nature, and also for groups of friends or families looking for excitement and adventure in a bustling, unique city.