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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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