Top 83 attractions to explore in Gloucestershire
The cathedral city of Gloucester nestled between the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean, is Britain’s most inland port, rich with history dating back to Roman times. Gloucester’s many museums and attractions tell the stories of those that have made a great impact on England and the world.
A majestic and beautiful park which was located in King Street, Cirencester. The Park has been designed to provide a range of facilities for all ages, including an adventure playground, tennis courts, mini-golf, croquet, and boules. Barbecues are also available for hire. A variety of events are held at the park throughout the year such as the Phoenix Festival, Cirencester Big Picnic, and Love Parks Week.
The Ancient Ram Inn is a former priest's residence, inn and public house, which was built in 1145. is also the oldest building in England's Wotton-Under-Edge. It is known as one of the most unique properties in the region and has its fair share of strange history and mystery, plus a host of unique residents.
The 56-acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just a mile west of the historic market town of Moreton in Marsh in the heart of the Cotswolds. It is home to a huge range of ornamental and fruit trees, conifers, acres, roses, shrubs, herbaceous, and bedding plants. It is owned and run by the Batsford Foundation, a registered charity, and is open to the public daily throughout most of the year.
Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean, one of Britain's oldest and largest woodlands. It is the ideal place for families to start their forest adventure, with a Gruffalo Spotters trail, Sculpture Trail, play area, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and climbing tower. The play area at Beechenhurst has a host of wooden play equipment for your kids to enjoy. There is a separate toddler area for our younger visitors.
A fine example of a Neolithic long barrow, with a false entrance and side chambers. Excavated in 1863 and 1865, the remains of 31 people were found in the chambers. It was probably constructed around 3000 BC and was used for successive burials over a period of years until eventually the burial chambers were deliberately blocked. It is a type of monument known as the Cotswold Severn Cairn, all of which have a similar trapezoid shape, and are found scattered along the River Severn.
Beverston Castle, also known as Beverstone Castle or Tetbury Castle built-in 1229 by Maurice de Gaunt.,It was constructed as a medieval stone fortress in the village of Beverston, Gloucestershire, England. The property is a mix of manor house, various small buildings, extensive gardens and the medieval ruins of the fortified building.
Birdland Park and Gardens is home to 500 birds in Bourton-On-The-Water in Gloucestershire. Birdland began in the 5-acre grounds of a Tudor manor house called Chardwar and was started by Len Hill, who was often referred to as the Penguin Millionaire They have over 130 species of birds including penguins, pelicans, flamingos, cranes, and storks. Many of the species are now part of active breeding programs controlled by studbooks in co-operation with European and International organizations.
An eighteenth-century Costwold house with a fine garden. The garden's structure is like that of a renaissance garden but the planting design is Arts and Crafts. It has lawns, fountains, a topiary, sculptures, an orchard, a knot garden, a kitchen garden, a raised walk and herbaceous borders. The garden has been open to the public since 1987.
Cannop Cycle Centre is a small woodland cycling centre, comprising mountain bike trails, a visitor centre, car parks and uplift service. It is located on the former site of Cannop Colliery in the Cannop Valley, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. The nearest village is Parkend, 3 miles away. The cycling centre has been an active supporter of the Hands off our Forest campaign and hosted a 'cycle protest rally' in January 2011.
Cerney House Gardens is a romantic English garden for all seasons. There is a beautiful secluded Victorian walled garden that features herbaceous borders overflowing with colour. There is a well-labelled herb garden and working kitchen garden. The 3.5-acre red brick walled garden has many colourful borders and seating areas. In Spring wander through the Bluebell woods down to the front garden which has more colourful borders.
Chavenage is a wonderful Elizabethan house of mellow grey Cotswold stone and tiles which contains much of interest for the discerning visitor. Chavenage has featured in so many feature films and television dramas over the years that to list them all here would take ages. The interior rooms feature historic tapestries, Cromwellian relics, and fine period furnishings.
The stone villa was first built in the early 2nd century and expanded in the 4th century. The luxurious features and precious marble mosaics lead archaeologists to believe the dwelling belonged to a very wealthy and high-status Romano-Briton family. It is one of the largest and most elaborate Roman villas so far discovered in Britain and one with the latest occupation beyond the Roman period.
Cheltenham Town Hall is now home to an impressive all-year-round program of major festivals, entertainment, exhibitions and functions. Built in 1902-1903 as a venue for social events, it replaced the Assembly Rooms on the High Street, which had been demolished to make way for a bank. Interestingly, unlike most Town Hall's, this grand building in Cheltenham was not built as the seat for a Borough Council, which is instead found in the Municipal Offices across the road on the Promenade.
The Cirencester amphitheater is one of the largest known examples surviving from the Roman occupation of Britain. It was built just outside the walls of the town. There was also an area for standing spectators and it is estimated that the amphitheater had a capacity of around 8,000 people. A wall separated the spectators from the arena, which was floored with fine gravel and sand. early in the 2nd century AD.
It was originally laid out in the 1700s as a deer park by the first Earl Bathurst. Cirencester Park has been a deer park, a military base, a hospital and the venue for a Glenn Miller concert. The park is 8 km long and 4.8 km wide. Stephen Switzer may have advised on the design. Alexander Pope came here over a 30 year period and invested money in the afforestation. Its planting was Lord Bathurst's major achievment.
At Clearwell Caves you discover the hidden world the miners created, as they dug through impressive natural caverns to remove iron ore and ochre pigment. The caves are part of a Natural England designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and the notification includes parts of Clearwell along with Old Bow, Lambsquay and Old Ham mine complexes.
Cleeve Hill is located on Cheltenham’s North-Eastern edge, on the way to Winchcombe, affording breath-taking views of Cheltenham and the surrounding area. It commands a clear view to the west, over Cheltenham and the racecourse, over the River Severn and into Wales; and to the north over Winchcombe. One f the nice trekking destination and also you can spend some good time in the middle of nature.
Coaley Peak is a small limestone summit at the west edge of the Cotswold Hills, elevation 764 feet, along one of the steeper sections of the escarpment, where the land falls away by over 600 feet to the lowlands of the Vale of Berkeley. Coaley Peak was for many years a seasonal home to a community of new age travellers, who were evicted around 2002 to make way for more grassland.
The Corinium Museum in the Cotswold town of Cirencester in England has a large collection of objects found in and around the locality. Its collection consists of the highly significant finds from the Roman town of Corinium. The museum will take you on a journey through time and charting the development of the Cotswolds from its prehistoric landscape to the modern day.
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