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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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

 

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

 

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

 

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 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

 

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

 

Seek out wild garlic flowers amongst Gloucestershire’s woodland

Wild garlic flowers are pretty little things to spot on a summer’s ramble in the Cotswolds, and make for a delicious addition to your salad bowl.

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

 

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 part in the Cotswolds & Severn Vale circular cycling tour

Enjoy a circular self guided cycling holiday tour, so you spend a week exploring the Cotswolds & Severn Vale, on your bike with optional day routes.

Location: Gloucestershire, Cotswolds

 

Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Explore an undiscovered side to the north Cotswolds by combining a tranquil stay in the ancient town of Winchcombe with some fantastic walking routes.

Location: Winchcombe, 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

 

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

 

Grab your bike for a cycling tour of the Cotswolds

Get off the beaten track with a Cotswolds Adventures guided cycling tour in the summer sun. Meander through lanes, villages, and stunning countryside.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

 

Strap your boots on for the Cotswold Way National Trail

Escape this summer and walk the Cotswold Way with friends, stopping over along the route at unique accommodation sites nestled in tranquil locations.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

 

Discover the Cotswolds and Severn Vale by bike

Discover the south Cotswolds on a new bike route from Nailsworth to Frampton on Severn, enjoying Prema Arts Cafe, Uley Bury and the tranquil canal en route.

Location: Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

 

October events: Lace up your boots for Dursley’s Walking Festival

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the undiscovered south Cotswolds and take part in the annual Dursley Walking Festival, which takes place every October.

Location: Dursley, 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

 

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

 

October events: Enjoy the beauty of words at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, one of four main Cheltenham Festivals, is one of the longest running literature festivals in the world.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

Explore the River Wye by canoe

Spring is one of the most picturesque times of year to navigate the Wye Valley by water.

Location: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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