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.
Things to do in Gloucester
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
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.
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!
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.