Gloucestershire visitors guide

If you’re planning to visit Gloucestershire for a day trip, weekend break or holiday, find out exactly what to see and do, as well as where to stay and eat out with our comprehensive tourist guide to Gloucestershire.

SoGlos’s visitors guide to Gloucestershire has been written to help you make the most of your time in what we consider to be the most wonderful county in Britain!

Here you will find a comprehensive selection of useful information about Gloucestershire’s events, attractions, accommodation, restaurants and transport.

Also see SoGlos’s Cheltenham visitors guide, Gloucester visitors guide, Cotswolds visitors guide, Forest of Dean visitors guide and Tewkesbury visitors guide.

Introduction to Gloucestershire

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Spanning some 1,025 square miles, the county of Gloucestershire in the south west of England encompasses some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside and historic towns.

Inside the county borders you will find six main areas including Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury – all of which offer a unique experience to visitors from around the world.

While SoGlos is the leading guide to Gloucestershire arts, entertainment and leisure, there are a host of Gloucestershire Tourist Information Centres situated across the county, which are well worth drawing upon for an expert insight into the local area.

Where to stay in Gloucestershire

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Whether you are looking for an exclusive luxury hotel or a friendly bed and breakfast, the choice of accommodation in the county is abundant. What’s more, Gloucestershire also plays host to a wealth of camping and caravanning sites, self catering and farm accommodation – meaning there is something for all tastes and budgets.

See SoGlos’s dedicated venue listings for Gloucestershire hotels section for the latest reviews and features of more than 500 places to stay in the county, as well as the more specific bed and breakfasts, budget hotels, camping, caravanning, farm stays, mid-range hotels, self catering venues and luxury hotels.

And don’t miss SoGlos’s Gloucestershire hotel reviews for a critic’s insight into Gloucestershire accommodation.

Things to do in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is not only home to the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, but it also hosts an array of man-made attractions, some of which date back thousands of years, along with a plethora of museums, galleries and ideas for days out, whether you’re looking for ways to entertain the family or are planning a romantic afternoon outing.

See SoGlos’s Gloucestershire Culture section for the very latest event previews, features and reviews, as well as a comprehensive list of Gloucestershire attractions in the dedicated directory.

Eating out in Gloucestershire

From American to Vietnamese cuisine, Gloucestershire offers culinary aficionados everything their tastebuds could ever hope for.

Whatever your palate or price range, SoGlos’s Gloucestershire restaurants section includes the latest reviews and features, plus a comprehensive directory of more than 600 places to eat out in the county.

Plus, for a critic’s guide on where to eat out, don’t miss SoGlos’s Gloucestershire restaurant reviews.

What’s on and events in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire boasts a jam-packed line-up of events, with something happening virtually every day of the year. For the very latest information about what’s on in the county, see SoGlos’s regularly updated Gloucestershire events calendar.

Some of the county’s most popular annual events include:

JanuaryGloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival
FebruaryCheltenham Folk Festival
MarchCheltenham Festival and Gold Cup
AprilCheltenham Jazz Festival
AprilBadminton Horse Trials
May - Tetbury Woolsack Races
May - Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling
May - Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games
JuneStroud Site Festival
July Royal International Air Tattoo
JulyTewkesbury Medieval Festival
JulyCafé Rene Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival
JulyCheltenham Cricket Festival
SeptemberNewent Onion Fayre
SeptemberStroud Fringe Festival
OctoberCheltenham Literature Festival
October - Tewkesbury Mop Fair
October - Halloween events in Gloucestershire
November - Fireworks and bonfires in Gloucestershire
NovemberThe switching on of Gloucestershire Christmas lights
DecemberChristmas events

See SoGlos’s dedicated Gloucestershire events calendar for the most up-to-date guide to what’s on, and don’t miss the Gloucestershire festivals and wacky events guides too.

Getting around in Gloucestershire

By car – Gloucestershire enjoys excellent transport links and can be reached by car from Bristol in 45 minutes, from Cardiff and Birmingham in around one hour, from London in around two hours and from Manchester in around three hours.

By bus – There are three central bus stations in Gloucestershire offering National Express services from around the UK, including Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud.

By train – There are two main train stations in Gloucestershire offering national rail services from around the UK, including Cheltenham Spa and Gloucester. See to get the latest rail timetable and to book tickets.

By aeroplane – The closest major airports are Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham, while Gloucestershire Airport in Staverton also operates flights to and from various destinations around the UK and further afield. See for more details.

Gloucestershire map

SoGlos’s Google-powered Gloucestershire Interactive Map is an absolute must for county residents and visitors alike. See hotels, restaurants, attractions, theatres, museums and much more in the county in incredible details, at the click of a button.

More information about Gloucestershire

Official Cotswolds Website

The Cotswolds’ official tourism website is home to information on local accommodation, attractions, activities and more – not to mention downloadable guides to the area, highlights, camping and caravanning.

Gloucestershire County Council

Gloucestershire County Council’s website plays host to a wealth of useful information relating to Gloucestershire businesses, community and living, education and learning, environment and transport.

BBC Gloucestershire

The BBC Gloucestershire website,, includes regularly updated local news, weather and traffic reports, as well as information about Gloucestershire’s sports fixtures and results.

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Friday 30 June 2017

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