Gloucester is a city status in the United Kingdom, Non-metropolitan district and county town of Gloucestershire in the South West England region of England. Gloucester lies close to the Wales border, and on the River Severn, approximately north-east of Bristol, and  south-southwest of Birmingham.
Gloucester was founded in AD 96 by the Roman Empire under Emperor Nerva as ''Colonia Glevum Nervensis'', and was granted its first charter in 1155 by Henry II of England. Economically, the city is dominated by the service industries, and has a strong financial and business sector, being home to the bank Cheltenham & Gloucester and historically was prominent in the aerospace industry.

Why visit?

  • Gloucester is surrounded by stunning countryside, with the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and Wye Valley all within easy reach. There are plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities.
  • Gloucester is a city steeped in history, with its origins dating back to Roman times. The city centre is full of historic buildings, including the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century.
  • Gloucester is home to a number of fascinating museums and galleries, including the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, the National Waterways Museum and the Gloucester Folk Museum.