Set between the Cotswolds and the Wye Valley, the city of Gloucester is fast becoming a popular place to call home. It effortlessly combines its rich historic past with modern amenities and boasts fantastic shopping centres, a great choice of eateries, museums and activities for all the family. The focal point of the city is its majestic Cathedral, while the famous Gloucester Docks area is just a short walk from the city centre. A highly popular destination for locals and visitors alike, the Docks combine Victorian warehouses and the fascinating National Waterways Museum with Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet, a stylish shopping quarter with a great range of restaurants.
Sport and leisure
For those of who enjoy sport and fitness, Gloucester has much to offer. The nearby Kingsholm Stadium is home to Gloucester Rugby, while GL1 leisure centre is just a short distance away and hosts a range of activities and a swimming pool. Plock Court is also a short distance away, with indoor tennis courts that mean you can enjoy a game all year round.
If you prefer to exercise at your own pace, there’s no shortage of beautiful walks in and around the Gloucester area. The city is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, meaning a short drive will take you to the five valleys of Stroud and a range of charming chocolate box villages. On the other side of the city, the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley offer magical wooded landscapes to explore by foot, bike, horseback or kayak.
And for activities of a retail nature, Eastgate Shopping Centre is home to a wide range of high street stores, with the Quays Designer Outlet offering dozens of high street and high-end brands.
Great choice of schooling
Families will be pleased to know that Gloucester has a range of good primary schools to choose from and well-respected senior schools including The Crypt, Denmark School for Girls, Sir Thomas Rich’s, Oxstalls Community School and Gloucestershire College. The city also hosts the University of Gloucestershire Oxtalls Campus and UWE Gloucester Campus School of Nursing and Midwifery.
You’ll be well connected
Gloucester is in a perfect location for commuters, with speedy road connections to Cheltenham, Stroud, Tewkesbury and Bristol. Gloucester train station links to Cheltenham Spa, South Wales, Birmingham New Street and London Paddington, which can be reached in just under 2 hours. For travel further afield, Bristol and Birmingham airports are an equal distance from Gloucester at 42 miles away.