5 things to do in Gloucester
With the UK experiencing its hottest and driest summer for decades, it’s the perfect time to get out and about. Whether you live in Gloucester or the local area or you’re visiting from further afield, there’s always plenty to do. As a local company based in nearby Cheltenham, we’ve worked on many properties in Gloucester and know how much it has to offer.
To get you started exploring the city, here are five things to do in Gloucester this summer.
1. Visit Gloucester Cathedral
An architectural masterpiece, Gloucester Cathedral has its origins with the foundation of an abbey in 678 or 679AD. The existing foundations of the church were built on the same site between 1072 and 1104 and over the following years many additions were made in a wide variety of Gothic architectural styles.
The stunning vaulted ceiling and spectacular stained glass windows evoke an intensely spiritual atmosphere which is perfect for contemplation. Such is the Cathedral’s attractive visual presence, that it has been the location for scenes in several of the Harry Potter films and the popular British crime drama Sherlock.
2. Take a stroll around Gloucester Docks
Gloucester Docks are an excellent example of a Victorian port. Many of the original buildings remain in great condition and the waterways are now used by a range of narrow boats and yachts. Have a look around the redeveloped shopping area or take a trip on one of the leisure cruises along the canal and River Severn.
3. Journey back in time at Gloucester Life Museum
Located in a group of 500 year old Tudor buildings, visiting Gloucester Life Museum is a truly unique experience. There are many artefacts on display from a variety of time periods. From the building itself to the eclectic exhibitions and interactive activities, there’s something for all ages.
4. Explore St Michael’s Tower
St Michael’s Tower was built in 1465 on the highest point of Gloucester city centre. Originally part of the church, the tower is no longer used for religious worship and is open to visitors under management by Gloucester Civic Trust. Lots of events are held at the tower and you can even hire it for your own private functions.
5. Enjoy a day at the Museum of Gloucester
With its Roman kitchen playhouse and authentic medieval street, the Museum of Gloucester is an interactive treat for all the family. Once you’ve learned about Gloucester’s Roman heritage, why not stop for a drink or a snack in the Café Nerva located on site.
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