An introduction to the area of Gloucestershire

There is so much to discover and enjoy here in Gloucestershire, from the great outdoors to arts and culture, sports and socialising, to fine foods and great shopping.

As well as being the gateway to the South West, we are well connected to the rest of the country and within easy travelling distance of Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol and London.

Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it here in Gloucestershire.

Gloucester, the county town, has plenty to offer and is everything you would expect from a vibrant, multi-cultural British city.

It is home to one of the finest medieval buildings in the country; its breath-taking cathedral has formed the backdrop of many scenes in Doctor Who and the Harry Potter films. From the Victorian Docks to the array of restaurants and shops at Gloucester Quays, the city is a unique blend of historic charm and modern attraction.

Cheltenham is the County’s cultural heart, resplendent with its celebrated Georgian architecture and world-renowned festivals of literature and music. The famous race course is home to the Gold Cup.

Stroud is home to an award-winning farmer’s market, while Cirencester is a beautiful town in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Page updated: 20/10/2020 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council / Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service

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