Blackfriars Priory is a stunning example of a 13th-century medieval priory site and is one of the most complete surviving friaries of Dominican 'black friars' in England. Following renovations, the historic fabric of the building has been retained and visitors can experience the beauty of the site including the private courtyard garden.
For family entertainment that also gives you a good old adrenalin kick then pick up some tickets for Gloucester Rugby. This professional rugby union club was formed in 1873 and now plays in many cups and competitions. The ‘cherry and whites’ show their competitors what country boys are really made of.
The Soldiers of Gloucester Museum honours the fascinating history of the Gloucestershire Regiment. Nicknamed The Glorious Glosters, they carried more battle honours than any other British Army line regiment. The exhibition charts from the War of Spanish Succession, Napoleonic Wars and both World Wars through to the Korean War.
A waterfront bar and restaurant in the historic Gloucester docks. Serving traditional cask ales and modern staple draughts. Dr Foster’s also serves high quality food throughout the venue. The views from the waterfront conservatory are stunning and the pub is complete with comfortable sofas, quirky Mediterranean décor, and a waterfront dining area.
The Brunswick has an established reputation for live music. Recently the pub acted as a canvas for local street artist, Trix, who has transformed the outside of the pub with explosions of colour.
Situated in the heart of Gloucester City, the Eastgate Indoor Market offers something for everyone from clothing to fresh olives. The market also offers a range of services including a tattooist, key cutting, watch repairs, barber and beauty treatments. After a bout of shopping try a relaxing massage or Reiki treatment.
Gloucester Guildhall is a thriving entertainments venue and events space situated in the city centre. The venue is host to live music, comedy, theatre, film, exhibitions and talks.
The House of the Tailor of Gloucester stands within the shadow of the Cathedral in College Court. This was the area that inspired Potter to write what she described as her favourite book. The museum and shop are staffed by volunteers, both enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Beatrix Potter and her works.
Gloucester Docks was awarded royal status by Elizabeth I in 1580 and have seen ships of all sizes sail through its waters. In recent years the area has been a beacon of the city’s regeneration with fabulous shopping and it holds the award-winning Tall Ships festival every two years.
Gloucester Brewery is one of the youngest micro breweries in the county and is located in the heart of Gloucester Docks. It prides itself on producing high quality and exciting real ales using traditional brewing techniques and locally sourced ingredients. Pick up some of their astounding ales at their shop too.
A quirky family-run coffee house, located near the Gloucester Cathedral that uses organic and locally sourced produce. Not only do they serve a large selection of coffee and specialist teas but also offer a unique menu including Wild boar and Venison burgers. Eat up and then get a psychic reading.
One of Gloucester's best-loved bars, The Old Bell is a Grade I listed building with bars on two floors offering a range of intimate rooms, counter and lounge drinking and eating options. They are also well known for making the best cocktails in the city.
Visit the country's first toast bar that everyone in Gloucester is talking about. Located in the main basin of the docks, this small takeaway restaurant is perfect to grab a delicious toastie and take in the scenery. It’s also home to the Mars bar toast - do you dare try it?
Housed in one of the fine Victorian warehouses in the docks, Gloucester Waterways Museum tells the story of the significant canals and rivers. Visitors can climb aboard historic boats, browse galleries rich in canal heritage and wildlife. The museum also offers boat trips along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and River Severn.
The city’s Folk Museum in Westgate Street tells the story of Gloucester’s social history over many floors in a delightfully crooked, timber framed old building. It recently enjoyed a makeover, adding a Retro Room, a country kitchen tea room with an idyllic garden and a gift and curiosity shop.
The Hallmark Hotel Gloucester is fantastically located for exploring the Cotswolds, perfect for visiting Gloucester and also the spa town of Cheltenham. Coupled with its picturesque view of Robinswood Hill, this unique setting offers access to Gloucester Golf Course, Gloucester Ski Centre and has a nature reserve on its doorstep.
Hatton Court Hotel is a boutique hotel in the village of Upton St. Leonards just outside of Gloucester. This quirky abode offers a unique venue for a stay, events and conferences. Bedrooms offer comfort and luxury with guests being able to choose between the traditional old wing and the contemporary East Wing.
A transformed Victorian warehouse with a varied range of climbing walls (up to 11 metres), Bouldering Floor, a dedicated Kids’ Zone, Party rooms, Meeting rooms, Café-Bar and Shop.
Situated in Southgate Street, Aroma is often described as Gloucester’s finest and tastiest Indian restaurant. The affordable restaurant caters to all tastes and boasts a variety of curries and Indian cuisine, including the firm local favourite the Dosa.
A cosy narrow boat café largely run on solar energy in the Docks which serves locally sourced food at affordable prices. Tasty treats on the menu include a variety of sandwiches, tapas dishes and light bites…oh and a fantastic all day breakfast.
Located within the Gloucester Docks, Portivo Lounge is a quirky modern cafe bar and restaurant set in a beautiful red brick structure, built in 1894 as a corn mill. Restored as part of the Gloucester Quays redevelopment, Portivo sits proud on the main entrance, offering a range of drinks and dishes for all.
The most iconic building in Gloucester the Cathedral can be seen from far. The architecture of the building is a mix of Norman and Gothic styles, with beautiful fan-vaulting in the cloisters that have attracted Hollywood film makers. The Cathedral also hosts talks, classical concerts as well as the inimitable Crucible exhibitions.
Step away from Southgate's busy street to this amazing historical building. The Tiger's Eye offers an eclectic, mouth-watering array of dishes. You can also experience The Black Rock Grill, a unique, delicious, healthy, interactive and exciting dining experience with your meal presented cooking on volcanic rocks at your table.
One of the largest and longest established in the UK, Gloucester Antiques Centre is an ever-changing treasure trove of antiques, collectables and rare unusual items. It’s an Aladdin's cave of amazing finds for antique collectors and interior designers alike, housed in a thoughtfully restored historic building within the Gloucester Quays Outlets.
Located within a short distance of Gloucester, Hatherly Manor Hotel is charming 17th-century Manor House set within extensive grounds and ideal for exploring the Cotswolds. Traditional features blend with contemporary furnishing to create a chic environment with a number of stylish feature bedrooms.
The Fountain Inn is a traditional pub tucked away from the hubbub of Westgate Street. Local cask ales are available with a traditional pub menu that includes the monstrous Fountain Burger. There is a superb award-winning courtyard garden with al-fresco dining - a quiet haven from the city centre.
A beautifully restored, Grade I listed 15th-century pub and inn located in the heart of Gloucester city centre, complete with four bars, a coffee shop, function room, cosy bedrooms and a restaurant. It is one most complete surviving example of a medieval courtyard inn with galleries in Britain.
Located in Brunswick Road the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery is a fun place to learn about the history of Gloucester with many displays and interactive exhibits charting the history of the city including Iron Age artefacts, a Roman kitchen and a medieval street scene.
Offering a wide range of activities, Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre is home to the longest slope in England and Wales. It’s the perfect place to get fit while having a ton of fun and it’s not a fortune. Make sure you stop here to brush up on your snow skills.
Café Rene is the city’s best-known secret. Tucked away down Southgate Street the pub has a friendly atmosphere inside and out. Freshly prepared food is available 7 days a week with Chef's daily. The ‘Rene’ is home to a vibrant live music scene with various acts throughout the week.
This 1890 gem of a theatre offers a 375 seat performance space for Theatre, Dance, Music, Comedy, Fashion and exhibitions. The theatre also recently played host to the JOLT Theatre Festival and Strike A Light Festival.
A beautiful restored, Grade I listed 15th-century pub and inn located in the heart of Gloucester city centre, complete with four bars, a coffee shop, function room, cosy bedrooms and a restaurant. It is one most complete surviving example of a medieval courtyard inn with galleries in Britain.
Fab and Faded is a large antique centre and flea market. You’ll find over 40 dealers offering collectible items including furniture, jewellery, china, retro clothing and collectible toys. Before you leave, check out the amusing piece of Salvador Dali street art, by local artist Trix, on the building's side.
Ssshh keep Blue Thai Kitchen a secret or you might never get a table. This is a local favourite that may be small but their dishes are big flavour. Service is fantastic with friendly, welcoming staff. The restaurant’s menu has a selection of affordable Thai dishes appealing to all.