Top five historic sights in Gloucester
Gloucester is an often overlooked city located close to the Cotswolds, between Birmingham and Bristol. It’s home to a fascinating heritage and plenty of historic sights just waiting to be discovered. Whether you love history or simply want to admire the striking architecture of the area we’ve put together a list of our favourite historic sights in Gloucester.
1. Gloucester Cathedral
A spectacular golden stone cathedral with spires stretching high above the rooftops of the town, Gloucester Cathedral makes it to the top of our list of historic sights in Gloucester. Worth a visit inside its historic pillars and beautiful archways provide a peaceful respite from the bustling town. Admire the intricate stone windows, light a candle for a loved one or sit in during a service.
Dating back to the year 678 this majestic building has stood the test of time. Built in the classic medieval style, this is ideal for those who love architectural history and design.
2. St Mary de Crypt Church
Another example of stunning religious architecture, but on a much smaller scale, a visit to St Mary de Crypt Church in Gloucester is perfect for culture vultures. Built on the site of a former Norman church in the 15th Century the building retains the arches of the original building in its Crypt. This is the church of the famous George Whitfield, who is credited with taking Methodism to America from where it spread throughout the rest of the world.
Directly across the road from the church visitors will find one of the few remaining Tudor schoolrooms in the country. The first free Grammar school in Gloucester it dates back to 1539 from when it remained open for 320 years.
3. Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
A fascinating museum for everyone from children to historical researchers, the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum has everything from detailed archives to hands-on experiences which explain the collections. Taking visitors on a journey through the life of soldiers and their families over the last 300 years learning about the Gloucester regiment and the part they played in many famous battles: from the American Revolutionary war, battles with Napoleon and the defence of Dunkirk in the Second World War.
4. Gloucester Life Museum
Set within a historic Tudor building with whitewashed walls and dark wooden beams the Gloucester Life Museum takes you through the stories and history of the city of Gloucester. Events are held throughout the year, with children’s activities including learning about the part horses have played in the story of the city with real shire horses brought to the museum. This is one of the oldest museums dedicated to the social history and features small wooden artefacts, costumes and clothing, a pretty cottage garden and an exhibit about the history of fishing in the area.
5. Gloucester Park
A tranquil oasis in the city, Gloucester Park is home to pretty fountains and sculptures, as well as plenty of opportunities to sit back and watch the world go by. Wander through the sculptured areas and take in the differences in flora and fauna across the different seasons. A children’s play park, bandstand and bird area make this the ideal place for a family day out.
Where to stay in Gloucester?
Hatton Court Hotel, Gloucester
A luxury, modern hotel with stylish interiors Hatton Court Hotel enjoys an excellent location close to Gloucester, as well as gourmet, locally sourced dishes in the onsite restaurant. Each of the rooms is fully equipped with all the amenities and facilities you need for a comfortable stay.
The onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea and a delicious Sunday roast. Enjoy the freshest local ingredients sourced from local farms on the terrace or in the stylish restaurant.