Gloucester

Gloucester DocksGloucester is the only city in Gloucestershire and the county town.

The Romans founded it in AD48  as a fortress, naming it Glevum. It current name is believed to be  a combination of  Glevum with cester the latin word for fort. There are still some remants from the roman past including building foundations.

Gloucester's location on the River Severn a large navigable river gave it a strategic importance. During the saxon period, the abbey of St Peter was founded  (681) which later developed into the current cathedral. 

The Cathedral dominates the skyline and the current building is a combination of Norman and later gothic and perpendicular architecture. The cathedral is very important within the church hierarchy, with involvement in some royal events within its history.  

Other notable aspects of Gloucester cathedral include the oldest known image of a golf like sport in a stained glass window dating from 1350. A number of the recent Harry Potter films used the cathedral (the cloisters) as a film location.

During the middle ages, Gloucester became a busy port when the cotswold wool trade was at its peak. The docks later fell into disrepair as the ships became too large to navigate the river. The quay and docks have now been renovated and are a popular attraction within the city and are an ideal place to spend a leisurely hour or two.

Gloucester is the focal point of Gloucestershire, with a culture and heritage that should be seen to be appreciated. As a city it also has a great selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation for visitors to enjoy it to the full.

Gloucester Hotels

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Gloucester Cathedral

Hotels / Bed and Breakfasts in the area

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Days Inn Michaelwood
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City Lodge Guest House
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Green Orchard
Gloucester
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Friar Tuck
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Dark Barn

Holiday Homes in the area.

Newent, Gloucestershire
Woodlands
Robinswood, Gloucestershire
Brierley
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
The Hideaway Cottage
Huntley, near Longhope, Gloucestershire
Stratville Annex
Little London, near Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Orchard Bank Cottage