A historic city in the heart of England’s beautiful countryside.
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Gloucester has been a transport hub since the Middle Ages, when pilgrims flocked to the city. Since then it’s been the heart of a network of canals and to this day remains an important regional railway hub. Therefore, taking the train to Gloucester is a great way to explore this historic city.
Gloucester Train Station is in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to start your exploration.
If you’re looking to indulge in some retail therapy, then you’ve come to the right place. With Eastgate shopping centre directly across the street from the station, you can hop off the train and straight into your favourite high street stores. There’s also plenty of other options; why not visit Gloucester Quays - an outlet just 15 minutes from the city centre where you can pick up all your fashion favourites at a discount price?
There’s also a great selection of unique independents scattered around the city. If you’re looking for unique vintage, handmade or boutique items, whether for a gift or as a treat for yourself, then Gloucester has plenty to offer. We recommend visiting the Cathedral Quarter to find the very best independent shops the city has to offer.
It’s hardly surprising that a city steeped in as much history as Gloucester should have a range of vintage, antique and second-hand shops, where you can find a whole host of one-of-a-kind collectibles. If you’re looking for an excuse to spend some time digging through history, keep an eye out for the quarterly vintage fairs held at Blackfriars Priory.
Gloucester is something of a surprise foodie destination. Although, perhaps we shouldn’t be so shocked, as this little city has been producing amazing cheeses for centuries. Not forgetting that it’s also home to the UK’s first pedigree breed pig, the Gloucester Old Spot, which is famed for its amazing flavour.
For a small city, Gloucester really packs a punch when it comes to restaurants. Boasting everything from Michelin-starred gourmet brasseries, to traditional pubs, and from global cuisines to all your favourite chains, there’s something for every taste bud and occasion. Of course, if you make a weekend of it, you’d be remiss to leave without a slap-up Sunday roast in a historic pub. Even better, try it with a pint of Gloucestershire real ale – you won’t regret it.
If you get the chance to visit the Gloucester Farmers Market, you’ll come away with some of the best local produce on offer. Not only is there heaps to taste test, from organic fruit to locally cured meats, there’s also plenty of choice when it comes to street food. It’s held at The Cross every Friday and is well worth the visit.
When it comes to culture Gloucester is equally diverse. With loads of history and heritage to explore as well as a strong tradition of amazing spas, there’s really something for everyone. Whether you choose to visit the fascinating Gloucester City Museum, or you’d rather people watch on the historic Gloucester Docks and Quays, you’re sure to find something to suit your style.
There’s plenty of cultural diversions for kids in the city as well. The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum is a big hit with local and visiting families, but many of the museums such as the Folk Museum and the Waterways Museum, have fascinating interactive exhibits which will keep the kids busy.
The Barn Owl Centre is just a short bus ride out of the city centre and is a great destination for nature lovers. Of course, there’s plenty of the great outdoors to explore near the city. Choose to walk or bike in the beautiful greenery of the Cotswolds just beyond the city limits, perfect for escaping the city grind.
Gloucester Train Station has step-free access throughout and is fully accessible to those with a range of needs. Both accessible ticket machines and office counters are available in the station as are ramps for train access. Accessible taxis are available at the station.
Gloucester has an excellent bus network, which connects the city with the glorious countryside, making it a popular choice with visitors, particularly as buses regularly stop at the station. There isn’t a taxi rank at the station, so we recommend booking a taxi before your arrival.
For further information about Gloucester Station, check out our station guide.
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If you want to explore Gloucester and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Gloucester before you arrive.