Things to do in Gloucester

Blending rich history with a modern day sensibility, Gloucester is a brilliant city to explore and acts as a gateway to the river Severn and the stunning Cotswolds area. It has an amazing heritage that can be seen from the 7th-century cathedral to the renovated Victorian docks, and from the centuries-old pubs to a wide range of museums. That history is neatly balanced by a modern touch; notably the Gloucester Quays, a thriving 60-store shopping and entertainment centre. Alongside that, the west country city is home to several quality theatres and live music venues, so you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Gloucester. Find out the best place to stay in the city with our hotels in Gloucester guide, experience an impressive food and restaurant scene – covering everything from spicy Thai food to the humble pie – and see one of the most successful English rugby teams in action.


From one of the largest UK cathedrals to the still-thriving docks and the cauldron-like atmosphere at Kingsholm Road rugby stadium, Gloucester is alive with amazing buildings and historic architecture. Plus, there are some amazing city and country parks to discover too.


With several shopping centres in the heart of Gloucester, it’s easy to get your retail fix in one go. From the modern Eastgate centre to the discount-friendly Quays, Gloucester has everything from boutique stores to high street classics.


Ski, snowboard, zorb and mountain bike your way around Gloucester. Alternatively, you can take things a bit slower by paddleboarding around the docks, signing up for one of seven cathedral tours or visiting the bird and deer park at nearby Prinknash.


Whether you want to find out more about the historic waterways that brought Gloucester to life or discover how jet propulsion revolutionised the aviation industry, Gloucester is packed with informative and interactive museums.


With pubs dating back almost 800 years, it’s fair to say that Gloucester knows a thing or two about beer and pubs. From modern party pubs that boast live music and sports rooms, to historic public houses little changed in centuries, you’re spoilt for choice.

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Places to eat

From cutting-edge Thai menus to eateries dedicated to the humble pie, there’s a real diversity to the cafés and restaurants in Gloucester. Tuck into some of the finest food in the region with our places to eat guide!


Historic centuries-old pubs, modern themed bars and late-night dancing spots – you name it, Gloucester has it. Factor in microbreweries, pub tours and some gorgeous bars near the docks and you have a real winner.

Gloucester Cathedral

Dating back to the 7th century, Gloucester Cathedral is one of the largest and best-preserved churches in the UK. Located in the heart of Gloucester, the cathedral boasts a Norman crypt and an incredible music heritage.

Gloucester Quays

One of the leading shopping destinations in Gloucester, the Quays is much more than just a shopping centre, as it boasts dozens of bars, cafés and restaurants, as well as a 10-screen Cineworld complex.


With half a dozen museums spanning everything from Beatrix Potter to the jet engine, Gloucester is full of history and education. Factor in some impressive art galleries and music festivals and you have a truly fascinating city to explore.

Gloucester Docks

The modern heartbeat of the city centre, Gloucester Docks is a must-see for any visitor. From a sprawling shopping centre and dozens of bars, cafés and restaurants to a cinema complex, museums and water sports, there’s literally something for everyone.


Be it live music, theatre, comedy or watching one of the best rugby teams in Europe strut their stuff, Gloucester is a thriving entertainment hub. From West End musicals to world-class rugby and up-and-coming live bands to regular comedy nights, there’s always something on.

Getting around

Less than an hour from Bristol Airport, and with excellent road connections via the M5, Gloucester has a strong transport network that includes major bus and train connections. And it boasts the second-longest railway platform in the country at a whopping 603 metres long.

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Looking for a hotel in Gloucester?

It's no suprise that people flock to this lovely city - whether to marvel at the splendour of its historic sights or to enjoy its vibrant waterfront scene. And you'll find there are plenty of hotels in Gloucester to pick from if you're a planning a visit.