Gloucester is an ancient city with tons of heritage to learn about and explore.The city has it’s foundations in the times of the Romans and has over 2000 years of history. Gloucester had the country’s most inland port and this area has seen some fantastic regeneration over recent years. If you’re planning a visit here then you’ll want some tips on the must-see attractions and events that can found in the city.
If it’s heritage that you’re looking for then Gloucester can offer it in bucket loads. Visit the Cathedral for over 1000 years of architecture from Norman times to the present day. Harry Potter was filmed here and you’ll recognize the cloisters as the corridors of Hogwarts!
The Great Witcombe Roman Villa remains are only a short drive away near the Cotswolds. The villa was built around 250 AD and you can view the impressive mosaic pavements that have been preserved, a sign that this once a place of residence for a wealthy Roman family. For local businesses needing a Fire risk assessment Gloucester, visit http://keloscape.co.uk/fire-risk-assessment/
No trip to Gloucester would be complete without seeing the famous Docks. Leisure cruises will take you on a journey up the canal where you can learn all about the history of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. The regeneration of the area has turned derelict warehouses into a stunning retail and entertainment complex where you will find The Quays Outlet Centre, a wide variety of bars and restaurants and a state of the art cinema. The Docks is also home to the National Waterways Museum, the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and the Antiques Centre.
Join a Gloucester Ghost Walk and hear some eerie stories about the history of the city and explore some of the older, creepier buildings. Narrow alleys and dark secrets await you on this trail of terror around the city streets.
Gloucester regularly holds heritage weeks and the Tall Ships Festival occurs every two years which attracts visitors from all over the country. Happening at the end of May 2017, the Tall Ships Festival offers many family friendly activities and you can see pirates having a sword fight, try different games and enjoy great food and entertainment. Two of the tall ships will also be engaging in a recreation of a pirate battle with muskets and cutlasses at the ready!
If it’s action that you want then take a trip to the Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre or try out some adrenaline fuelled racing at JDR Karting in the city centre. You will also find a Ten Pin Bowling entertainment complex and for the more daring amongst you, helicopter tours are available from Staverton Airport, situated between Gloucester and Cheltenham.
Gloucester has two further museums in the city centre, The Folk Museum and the City Museum and Art Gallery. The Folk Museum is a worth a visit just to see the 500 year old preserved tudor building that it’s set in. Book an underground tour at the City Museum to see the Roman Eastgate Chamber. If you’re lucky to book a special Saturday tour then you could be guided round by Lucius Sita, the museum’s very own resident Roman soldier!