Living and working in Gloucestershire

Local attractions

Crowds shopping at gloucester quays

Gloucestershire is home to three main landscape areas including a large part of the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale. If you enjoy peace and tranquillity with beautiful views of the countryside these areas are the ideal place for you!

Away from the big city life, you have one of the most beautiful areas of the UK at your fingertips. There are 51 Wildlife Trust Reserves in Gloucestershire alone, many interlinked by 102 miles of “The Cotswold Way” - a National Trail Route which will take you across rolling countryside, chocolate box Cotswold villages and riverside rambles.

If you prefer a faster pace of life, Gloucester and Cheltenham have exciting new developments, with lots going on to entertain the whole family. Cheltenham is home to many festivals including horse racing, food and drink, jazz, literature and science. Its town centre is well loved for its wide range of designer shops and restaurants as well as its beautiful buildings and gardens.

In Gloucester you’ll also be at the heart of Premiership Rugby, near Kingsholm – the home of Gloucester Rugby. If your taste for adventure is a little more obscure, you are also in the home of Cheese rolling and of surfing the second biggest tidal range in the world – The Severn Bore!

Gloucester is continuing to grow into a modern, exciting city, whilst being home to many historical buildings and landmarks including Gloucester Cathedral.  Gloucester Quays is one the city’s newest developments - providing a shopping outlet and family entertainment as well as a wide range of restaurants and night life.

Gloucester cathedral


In Gloucestershire, you can make your money go further when buying a house.

See how our county compares to some of our neighbours:

Average cost across all house prices as at year ending Sept 2021


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Gloucestershire is made up of six districts. These include Gloucester, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Stroud, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds. House prices vary between the districts but no matter where you live in the county, you aren’t too far from the hustle and bustle of a town or city and only a stone throw away from the great outdoors.


If you have children to consider, Gloucestershire is an ideal place for family life.

Gloucestershire has a wide range of highly rated schools, some of which have been rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Primary Schools rated “Good” or “Outstanding” = 86%
Primary Schools rated “Outstanding” = 17%
Secondary Schools rated “Good” or “Outstanding” = 83%
Secondary Schools rated as “Outstanding”  = 21%

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If you like to travel the country or have friends and family spread across the UK, Gloucester is very well positioned to get you wherever you need to go.

Going North/South? The M5 runs between Cheltenham and Gloucester. If you’re heading east to London or west to Wales, the M4 is only 40 minutes away. There are easy train and bus links to London and you’re only an hour away from both Birmingham and Bristol Airports.

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