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The best things to do in Gloucester

July 19, 2017


Gloucester Cathedral

Here at Albany Windows, we love bringing our beautiful home improvements to homes across Gloucestershire and further afield. This is truly a wonderful part of the world and we’re lucky enough to call it home. Being based in Cheltenham, we’re less than 10 miles away from the historic county city of Gloucester. Let’s have a look at the top things you can do in this wonderful place.

A city that’s a museum in itself

The city brims with history and was once known as the Roman municipality of Glevum. The remains of the Roman walls can still be seen and many of the streets still follow the town plan set out by the romans. The City Museum has archaeological remains from this period as well as dinosaur skeletons and medieval artefacts. The city still retains many medieval and Tudor buildings; be transported back in time when walking around.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral is a stunning example of Romanesque and gothic architecture and work began on it in 1089. As well as being the burial site of Edward II; it’s also been a filming location for three Harry Potter films. The cathedral regularly holds the prestigious Three Choirs Festival. This is one of the oldest classical choral festivals in the world and travels between Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.

Gloucester Docks

Gloucester docks- tall ships

The Gloucester docks can be dated back to the 19th century. Many of the warehouses have now been renovated into apartments, shops and bars. However, you can still walk around a fine example of a Victorian port, the most inland port in Britain.

Every year hundreds of people flock to see the Tall Ships Festival. Ships come from all over the world including a full size replica of John Cabot’s The Matthew. From pirate shows to paddle boarding, there’s so much to do for the whole family.

Gloucester Quays

Gloucester Docks is also home to a very popular shopping centre, the Gloucester Quays designer outlet. As well as over 50 stores, it’s also home to a cinema and restaurant and bars. The perfect place to spend a day.

The Tailor of Gloucester House

One of Beatrix Potter’s best loved tales is set in Gloucester. Telling the tale of a tailor who saves some mice that his cat has imprisoned, the Tailor of Gloucester was Potter’s favourite of her works. Visit the House of the Tailor of Gloucester which is a museum to Beatrix Potter and has a charming gift shop.

The Cotswolds

Castle combe cotswoldsGloucester is lucky enough to sit on the doorstep of the Cotswold hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s full of villages and towns that often top the most attractive list including Bourton-on-the-Water and Castle Combe. With stunning walks and wonderful countryside, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all.

If your Gloucester home is in need of some care and attention, get in touch with us at Albany Windows today.

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