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For the first, second and sixth Harry Potter films, Gloucester’s historic cathedral cloisters were transformed into the corridors of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But this isn’t the only reason to book one of our Gloucester holiday cottages!
With a crazy cheese-rolling tradition, the farmer’s markets and a new, multi million pound waterfront, Gloucester is a city well worth spending a little time in. Gloucester’s docks once linked the inland city to the world, providing a flourishing Victorian trade route; 2009 saw the opening of Gloucester Quays, a £400 million new designer outlet retail centre which has given a huge boost to the city’s already appealing shopping experience.
From the most modern to the most ancient – Gloucester cathedral is a magnificent building, displaying beautiful architecture and a wealth of heritage. You may recognise the cloisters, which featured to great effect in the Harry Potter films, whilst the Chapter House, tomb of Edward II and some superb stained glass windows should not be missed. From Harry Potter to Beatrix, the great children’s author’s Tailor of Gloucester story stemmed from a visit to the city; you can visit the museum where displays breathe life into her story. Other museums include the Folk Museum, the City Museum and Art Gallery and the St. Nicholas House, home of the famous pantomime character, Dick Whittington.
Ensure to visit the Blackfriar’s Priory, one of the finest surviving abbeys in England, before taking a stroll along the waterfront. Enjoy a guided cruise to appreciate the importance of this area in past times, or head out to the docklands of the future for some serious shopping at the new Gloucester Quays outlet. Back in town, discover a less glitzy side to ancient Gloucester and join a Ghost Tour of the darker nooks and crannies of this most haunted of towns. Perhaps the stuff of nightmares is nothing more than a little too much cheese; the famous Double Gloucester variety is just one of many local delicacies available at the weekly market or regular Farmer’s markets which showcase some of the region’s best locally farmed produce. Indeed, if you visit in spring, you might just win yourself a block of the famous cheese – the town’s cheese-rolling festival has become an institution, as hundreds hurtle downhill in pursuit of ….large Double Gloucester cheeses.
Beyond Gloucester, the regency town of Cheltenham and its famous racecourse and spa is just a short drive, and the unspoilt Forest of Dean waits to be discovered. Gloucester also makes a good starting point for discovering the pretty neighbouring Cotswolds villages. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge, about ten miles from Gloucester, is worth visiting at any time of year, especially in winter when the Arctic visitors arrive.
Why not see the above for yourself and take a look at our Gloucester holiday cottages?