With it's picturesque position upon the banks of the glittering River Severn, Gloucester’s natural beauty is as captivating as it's historical heritage. The city's Medieval and Roman heritage is omnipresent within it's quaint cobbled streets, cultural museums and ancient architecture, and the Victorian Docks offer gorgeous sights worthy of postcards.
The Historical Heart of the City
Transport yourself back to the 900's with a visit to the incredible remains of St. Oswald's Priory; the ancient building has witnessed a turbulent history of fires, renovations and inhabitants, which guided tours articulately reveal. Next, wander to the verdant heart of College Green, upon which resides the resplendent Gloucester Cathedral, which dates back to Norman times and features dramatically high ceilings and glorious fan-vaulted cloisters. A walk upon the charming cobbled streets of the centre will bring visitors to the city's cultural heart which is home to an intriguing selection of exciting exhibitions; in the delightfully crooked, timber framed building of the Gloucester Folk Museum, visitors can discover the city's social history through realistic recreations of factories and classrooms. Obscure treasures await your perusal in the Folk Boutique and Curiosity Shop, which begs for at least an hour of explorations. The Nature In Art museum is an astounding addition to any Gloucester itinerary, due to it's aesthetically delightful collections of art inspired by the stunning surrounding nature.
The Extraordinary Docks
Take the winding passages down to the dramatically beautiful Victorian Docks to dine upon sumptuous specialities with gorgeous riverside views. The docks are a treasured area of Gloucester due the enchanting beauty that is brought to life by the colourful tableau of boats and ships on the water. Prominent English author Charles Dickens described the docks as 'extraordinary' during a visit, so ensure you absorb the aesthetic delights of the area over lunch at The Gloucester House restaurant, which boasts a convivial dockside atmosphere and incredible salads inspired by the city's maritime splendour; sample the blackened haddock, clam chowder or shrimp stuffed lobster for a luscious lunch time indulgence. After your sumptuous seafood, climb aboard a historic boat and browse the exciting exhibitions of the Gloucester Waterways Museum, which is housed in an expansive Victorian warehouse upon the docks.
The Gastronomical Revolution in Gloucestershire
With it's own port, regular farmers market and close proximity to vineyards and organic farms, it's no wonder Gloucester's gastronomical scene is revolutionising. Combine flavoursome and fulfilling cuisine with medieval architecture at the New Inn upon the Victorian Docks. Soak up the warm atmosphere of the bar in the 14th century building with a pint of locally brewed real ale before taking your seat to enjoy the robust flavours of classic British cuisine; the dark oak panels, original thatched bar hut and rustic cookery give the New Inn an unforgettable sense of authenticity. Sample the freshly made beef and ale pie or succulent rump steak for taste bud tantalising end to your splendid sojourn.