Gloucestershire Area

Gloucestershire is situated on the northern edge of the South West of England and encompasses the Forest of Dean, the Severn Vale and part of the Cotswolds. It is well situated for getting down to Bristol and the South West, across to Wales, over to Oxfordshire or up into the Midlands and beyond.

Gloucester is the main city and county town with plenty on offer. It is home to many medieval buildings, the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral, the Victorian Docks and Gloucester Quays.

Cheltenham is the second largest town. It is an old spa town full of Georgian architecture and has a lot of shops and restaurants.

Cheltenham Race Course is home to the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup and Cheltenham also has a wide range of festivals, including music, science and literature festivals, which are held every year. Sandford Lido is another popular attraction.

Stroud is a beautiful Cotswold town with regular award-winning Farmers Markets.

As well as the towns, over half of Gloucestershire is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is some truly spectacular countryside to get out and explore.