Here are the top 10 places that you should visit in Gloucestershire and why. If you’re looking to visit any of these places and looking for a place to stay, check out these amazing cottages by Staycotswold.
1. The Cotswolds
England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds offer stunning views and quaint towns to explore. Bonus points for taking a scenic drive through the rolling hills
2. Cheltenham Racecourse
A must-visit for horse racing fans, Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the prestigious Gold Cup each year and offers a fun day out even if you’re not into horse racing
3. Gloucester Cathedral
This beautiful cathedral dates back to 1089 and is known for its soaring Gothic architecture and impressive cloisters. It also served as a filming location for Harry Potter!
4. Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Explore this historic castle, once home to Queen Elizabeth I, and stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens
5. The Forest of Dean
This ancient forest offers fantastic hiking and biking trails, as well as interesting attractions like Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves
6. Tewkesbury Abbey
This stunning medieval abbey features a beautiful cloister and Norman tower. It also played a key role in the Wars of the Roses
7. Painswick Rococo Garden
One of only a few 17th Century rococo gardens left in existence, this unique garden is known for its ornate sculptures and topiary
8. Berkeley Castle
This castle has been inhabited by the same family for over 900 years! Explore the castle’s history and beautiful grounds
9. The Roman Baths
Located in the city of Bath, these well-preserved Roman baths offer a glimpse into ancient history. Don’t miss the Pump Room for a traditional afternoon tea experience
10. Slimbridge Wetland Centre
This nature reserve offers the chance to see over 40,000 wildfowl and wading birds up close, as well as participate in interactive experiences like feeding time with the penguins. It’s a must-visit for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.