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Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England


A Historic Tour of Gloucester

A Historic Tour of Gloucester

Gloucester

The City of Gloucester is a compact and exciting City full of contrasts and surprises, where each period of history has left it’s mark – whether it be the Saxon Priory of St Oswald, the magnificent Norman Cathedral or Blackfriars, the best preserved Priory in Britain.

Gloucester Cathedral is one of the magical locations of Hogwarts School in the movie “Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone” and “Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets”.
Nestling in College Court, next door to the Cathedral, is Beatrix Potter’s ‘House of the Tailor of Gloucester’, the very house Beatrix Potter used as the tailors house in her favourite book “The Tailor of Gloucester”. Today, it is a unique gift shop, with displays of Beatrix Potters life and work, and is open to visitors all year.

The historical development of Gloucester unfolds in the City Museum, with views of the original Roman City Wall and the social evolution can be traced at the Folk Museum, which is housed in a splendid 16th century building. A visit to these two museums gives an insight into the complete Gloucester story, from its extraordinary history to its people, their lives and livelihoods.

A short walk from the Cathedral, are the Historic Docks – Britain’s most inland port, first granted a charter in the reign of Elizabeth I and developed as a bustling commercial centre by the Victorians. Today, the imposing warehouses have been sympathetically restored, and house visitor attractions, shops and offices.

The Docks are home to 2 museums, the National Waterways Museum, where the history of inland water navigation throughout the country
is portrayed in a fascinating and imaginative mixture of tableaux and exhibits and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, which brings to life the outstanding career of the Gloucestershire Regiments.
Also in the Docks is the Antiques Centre with 4 floors of antiques and collectibles and boat rides, along the Gloucester – Sharpness canal, on board the Queen Boadicea II.
Events and Festivals play an important part in Gloucester throughout the year, with open air concerts, a carnival procession, street theatre and historical pageants, live music, both classical and contemporary, amateur dramatics, special exhibitions and the Cathedral hosts the Three Choirs Festival once every three years.
The City of Gloucester also has a wide variety of stores, numerous eateries and superb pedestrian areas, both in the City centre and waterside in the Historic Docks, making a visit to Gloucester a positive joy!


The City of Gloucester offers a warm welcome and a wealth of interest,
we harbour a long and proud tradition of welcoming visitors as strangers and bidding them “bon voyage” as friends. Little wonder then, that people return time after time to experience the warmth of our City’s unique hospitality!

For more Information please contact:
Gloucestershire Tourist Information Centre
28 Southgate Street,
Gloucester
GL1 2DP
Web:  www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk
Email:  tourism@gloucester.gov.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1452 396572

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