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Gloucester, which lies close to the Welsh border on the River Severn, is a city, district and county town of Gloucestershire located in the South West of England. The Romans founded Gloucester in AD 97 under Emperor Nerva as Colonia Glevum Nervensis. King Henry II granted its first charter in 1155.The name Gloucester (Glowancestre, 1282) comes from the Anglo-Saxon for fort (c...Read more
Gloucester is a port, which is linked by the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal running from Gloucester’s docks to the Severn Estuary. The docks, wharfs and warehouses fell into disrepair until they were renovated in the 1980s. They now make up a public open space. Some of the warehouses are now home to the National Waterways Museum, while others have been converted into shops...Read more
Every third year Gloucester plays host to the Three Choirs Festival, which originated in the 18th Century and is one of Europe’s oldest music festivals. The other venues for this festival are Hereford and Worcester. The Guildhall – the city’s main cultural and theatre venue, stages lots of entertainment, including dance sessions, live music, a cinema, café, bar, art ...Read more
There are lots of attractions in Gloucester, including Gloucester Cathedral, which is located in the north of the city close to the river. Any visit to the city is not complete without seeing this Norman cathedral, which features stunning fan-vaulted cloisters and a great east window. You may also like to make time to visit Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery, Gloucester Fol...Read more
5. Things To Do
There’s no shortage of things to do in Gloucester. This city has much to offer, including narrow cobbled streets, ancient buildings and great shopping. You can also take a trip on a pleasure boat and enjoy a journey through the past – back to a time when Gloucester was a bustling commercial port. Once you have exhausted the museums and attractions in the city itself you ...Read more
The aerospace industry is firmly entrenched in Gloucester’s history. Back in 1926 the Gloucestershire Aircraft Company based at Brockworth renamed itself the Gloster Aircraft Company after its international customers said the name ‘Gloucestershire’ was too hard to spell. Roads at the Gloucester Business Park are named after Gloster aircraft and a statue overlooks the ol...Read more
The M5 motorway serves Gloucester: this runs to the east of the city. Other roads serving the city include the A38, A40, A46, A4173 and the A417. Gloucester Railway Station offers frequent services to some of the UK’s largest cities, including London, Bristol, Nottingham, Cardiff and Birmingham. The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal links the city to the Severn Estuary. The ...Read more
Entertainment abounds for sports lovers in Gloucester: the people here are passionate about sport in many forms. The city’s rugby team has a proud and successful history. In football there’s Gloucester City AFC – also known as the Tigers. In the summer you can see Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in action at King’s School in Gloucester. Some of the finest three-...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks
Gloucester Cathedral is a stunning landmark located in the north of the city close to the river. It originates in the foundation of an abbey, which was dedicated to Saint Peter in 681. Gloucester Cathedral is the burial place of Walter de Lacy and King Edward II of England. The Cathedral, largely its cloisters, was used in three of the Harry Potter movies for the corridor sc...Read more
10. Interesting Fact
Notable residents of Gloucester include Hubert Cecil Booth (1871 to 1955), the inventor of the vacuum cleaner.
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