Make the most of your West Country Rugby World Cup trip to Gloucester and take in the medieval history, glorious waterways and rolling landscapes.
Start your city pilgrimage at Gloucester Cathedral and marvel at medieval stained glass windows, the Norman nave and gothic tower. Across from the cathedral at College Court, learn about famous literary resident Beatrix Potter at The House of the Tailor of Gloucester, a museum and shop in the house that inspired her story for her own favourite book The Tailor of Gloucester. Revisit the 1800s at the Historic Docks where merchants and sailors dropped anchor at the inland shipping port, and sporty types will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at the 16,500-capacity Kingsholm Stadium, which is home to four Rugby World Cup matches.
An easy way to explore the city’s waterways is by hopping on a cruise boat at the Victorian docks. Tours take 45 minutes and leave from the Gloucester Waterways Museum. Back on dry land, little cowboys can ride mini tractors and meet bison and deer in the ‘wild west’ at Cattle Country Adventure Park.
Bargains galore can be nabbed at Gloucester Quays outlet shopping mall, filled with popular clothing brands, and Gloucester Quays Antiques Centre located in a former Victorian warehouse, is a three-floor treasure trove with curio-like retro furniture, old jewellery and vintage clothes.
Around the time of Rugby World Cup, those on the pulse will be able to experience a seasonal natural phenomenon. The Severn Bore is a huge tidal wave that surges along the nearby Severn Estuary during the autumn equinox.
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