Places to visit in 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! An ever popular family day out, 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. There’s never a shortage of attractions in Gloucestershire.

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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

 

Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Experience the sights, sounds and the smell of traditional train travel on The Dean Forest Railway, a rural branch railway offering rides on steam trains and some heritage diesel services.

Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire

 

Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Experience a break with a difference & reconnect with the countryside. Stay in a hut by the pond or a unique shepherd’s hut with a cosy log burner.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 

Explore the Regency spa town of Cheltenham

This pretty spa town in Gloucestershire is the perfect place to explore and base yourself for a Cotswold sojourn.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

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

 

Try a canoeing adventure along the River Wye

Become one with the water as you canoe through the rapid waters of the River Wye.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

September events: Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history

Experience the city’s rich history at the Gloucester History Festival in September with family activities, parades. talks and tours.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 

Stay and play on Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Make the most of family fun time camping at Cotswold Farm Park, and visit nearby Bourton-on-the-Water to explore attractions & picnic by the river.

Location: Near Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

 

Discover Laurie Lee Country

Take inspiration from the BBC adaptation of the classic novel ‘Cider with Rosie’ and follow in the footsteps of author Laurie Lee through the Slad Valley.

Location: Slad village near Stroud, Gloucestershire

 

Chill in style within Subterranean Spa Cirencester

Indulge yourself in the newly opened Kings Head Hotel combining luxury rooms and dining, but allow time to experience pampering treatments in the spa.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 

Fly or freewheel through the trees in the Forest of Dean

Hire bikes and go exploring, fly through the air on a zip wire or paddle down the river on a watery adventure.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Escape with the family to a Cotswolds hill farm

Walk with donkeys, cook alfresco pizza, picnic in an arboretum, enjoy an indoor skate-park and become a Roman for the day at Westley Farm.

Location: Chalford, Gloucestershire

 

Enjoy a romantic break at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

Chill out and rekindle your romance with a wonderful summer luxury break at the contemporary Cotswold House Hotel and Spa in Chipping Campden.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

 

Experience rock climbing in the picturesque Wye Valley

The spectacular Wye Valley cliffs offer a unique and beautiful playground for what is now one of the UK's largest participation sports.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Go wild for the wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

May the force be with you in Puzzlewood

See where scenes of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens were filmed as you explore the enchanting woodlands of Puzzlewood.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 

Walk through history at Berkeley Castle

Walk in the footsteps of Wolf Hall’s real historic characters, and also the actors who went on to play them at Berkeley Castle.

Location: Berkeley, Gloucestershire

 

Magic and mystery in the Forest of Dean

Follow in the footsteps of Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis, explore the Clearwell Caves or ride through the forest on the steam railway.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

In the quiet village of Dymock, literacy history was being made by six of the finest poets of the early 20th century.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Experience Gloucester’s festival favourites

Bring the whole family along to experience Gloucester’s festival favourites this summer. There is a huge range to do and see so join in the fun.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 

Explore the autumnal landscape of The Forest of Dean

With miles of tracks and footpaths to explore, The Forest of Dean offers endless pleasure for walkers, whether it's a 30 minute gentle stroll or a two hour ramble.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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