Gloucestershire

Elegant spa and market towns and stately homes presiding over rolling, green landscapes. Welcome to Gloucestershire. Trek between the honey-hued clusters that make up the picture-perfect Cotswold villages or cycle off the beaten track through oaks and beeches in the huge Forest of Dean – brake for wild boar and roe deer! Gloucestershire towns will give you glimpses of regency high life and medieval market squares. This west county's lively sporting calendar is packed with high-end horse races, county cricket and even annual Double Gloucester cheese rolling.

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Take part in the Cotswolds & Severn Vale circular cycling tour

Take part in the Cotswolds & Severn Vale circular cycling tour

Cotswolds Tourism have launched a circular cycling holiday tour, so you to spend a week exploring the Cotswolds and the Severn Vale, with optional day routes along the way.

Location: Gloucestershire, Cotswolds

Countryside
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Heart-pumping mountain biking in the Forest of Dean

Heart-pumping mountain biking in the Forest of Dean

Feel the adrenaline flow through you as you experience downhill mountain bike tracks in the Forest of Dean.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Cycling
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Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Allow yourself to be dazzled – and perhaps, learn to dazzle yourself – at a place where art comes to life.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Culture
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Tetbury Woolsack Race

Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest sports, but its tradition dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Budget
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Get an authentic taste of Cotswolds farm life

Get an authentic taste of Cotswolds farm life

Ever fancied trying your hand at making your own sausages? Be part of a traditional farming experience at Old Farm, near Moreton in Marsh.

Location: Moreton In Marsh , Gloucestershire

Activities
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Family cycling & wildlife spotting in the Forest of Dean

Family cycling & wildlife spotting in the Forest of Dean

Whatever your age or ability, the Forest of Dean cycle trails will take you on an adventure deep into the forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Cycling
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WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Birdwatching just got really, really wild at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

Location: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

Enjoy the best of the West Country's culinary fare

As if the Cotswolds weren't enough of a treat, get a taste for the local and refined at this gourmand's delight.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Food and Drink
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Cotwolds pudding club

Cotwolds pudding club

Indulge with The Pudding Club

Location: Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Chedworth Roman Villa

Chedworth Roman Villa

Discover 4th-century Roman England at Chedworth.

Location: Fossebridge, Gloucestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Enjoy a traditional shopping experience in Gloucester, featuring Victorian characters, brass bands, choirs, entertainers and a traditional carousel.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Festivals and carnivals
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Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

A fantastic way of exploring the area.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Cheltenham Regency Spa Town

Cheltenham Regency Spa Town

The perfect place to explore and base yourself for a Cotswold sojourn.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Culture
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Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Hotel

Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Hotel

Even fussy types will find their every fancy and fantasy is well catered for at Cheltenham’s Ellenborough Hotel.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Corinium Dobunnorum: the original Roman town

Corinium Dobunnorum: the original Roman town

Travel through every era in Cirencester's history, from Stone Age to Civil War.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Budget
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Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Picturesque places
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Chavenage House

Chavenage House

Take an intimate tour of the house with the current owner and get all the juicy gossip.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst showcases giant pieces created from materials you might find in the Forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Ancient, spectacular and a beautifully serene place to visit, the Cathedral is one of the most magnificent Gothic buildings in the world.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places

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