Gloucester is a lively city with a rich history and heritage. There are many places to visit, such as historical sites and buildings, interesting museums and scenic countryside. The City’s entertainment includes the Gloucester Guildhall, with a host of music, drama, comedy, films and festivals, the Kings Theatre with a variety of drama and comedy, and there’s a good choice of pubs, clubs and live music venues for an enjoyable night out. If going out for a meal, then you’ll find a large range of restaurants catering for all tastes, with many international cuisines.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for shopping in the city, which includes both independent and well known national stores, as well as several regular markets, and the King’s Walk and Eastgate Shopping Centres provide large ranges of stores. Business conference venues in the city include those at the Kingsholm Conference Centre at Gloucester Rugby Club and Mecure Gloucester at Bowden Hall Hotel, and for international flights the closest airport is Bristol Airport.
Gloucester Car Hire
Wherever you are in Gloucester, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Gloucester car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Some ideas for places to visit when you’re in Gloucester could include the following:
Visitors can look around this splendid Cathedral and view the impressive Norman and Gothic architecture and interior features, including beautiful fan vaulting in the cloisters, stained glass windows and huge Norman pillars. King Edward II is buried at the Cathedral and you can see his fine tomb here, along with many other tombs and monuments, and you can take a tour around the crypt and tower.
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
This Museum houses a large collection of fascinating exhibits which include archaeological finds such as dinosaur skeletons, ancient Roman finds, medieval items, furniture in Queen Anne style, decorative arts, and fine art including works by artists including Gainsborough and J M W Turner.
Gloucester Folk Museum
Housed in two historic Tudor buildings, this is an interesting Museum to visit with exhibits that display the history of the people of Gloucester. The range of exhibits here include displays on traditional crafts, costumes, recreations of a Victorian classroom and pin factory and various exhibits about historic domestic life.
The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Here you can learn about the history of The Gloucestershire Regiment and the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. The exhibits include displays relating to wars such as the Napoleonic Wars, Boer War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War as well as modern campaigns and include medals, uniforms and weapons.
Bird and Deer Park, Prinknash
Close to Gloucester and in lovely surroundings is the Bird and Deer Park, where you can see fallow deer, reindeer, pygmy goats and miniature donkeys, as well as colourful birds including peacocks, kookaburras and pheasants, as well as lovely follies, and all set in the picturesque Cotswold Valley.
St Mary de Crypt Church
This Grade I listed Church was built in the 12th century with later additions, and is an interesting building to visit, where you can view the Norman features and learn about its rich history, which includes its use as a factory and store for arms during the English Civil War, and here at the church is buried Robert Raikes, who founded Sunday Schools.
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