Thursday 1 October 2020

6 Gloucester cultural attractions safely welcoming visitors back

Steeped in history, Gloucester’s cultural attractions are welcoming visitors back – for a socially distanced and safe day out.

With Roman ruins, Medieval architecture and Victorian docks to explore, Gloucester is brimming with attractions for fans of history and culture to explore.

SoGlos has handpicked a hearty handful of Gloucester’s cultural attractions that are safely welcoming visitors, to inspire your next post-lockdown day out.

About the sponsor – Gloucester City Council

Gloucester City Council is working behind the scenes with Gloucester BID, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Gloucester Quays and King’s Walk to ensure returning to the city for a day out is as safe as possible.

As Gloucester’s museums, galleries and attractions reopen, culture fans can enjoy everything the city has to offer safely, with regular cleaning schedules, social distancing stickers and more in place.

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1. Gloucester Cathedral

Arguably the most famous building in the whole of Gloucestershire, the iconic Gloucester Cathedral is not only a sight to behold, but is of course steeped in history too.

Visitors can see the tomb of King Edward II, marvel at the magnificent stained-glass windows, take a moment of contemplation in the Lady Chapel, and explore the famous cloisters, which have appeared in blockbuster movies including Harry Potter.

Gloucester Cathedral is open to general visitors from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5pm on Sunday. There is a one-way system in place to explore the building, but some confined spaces, including the Crypt and the Tower remain closed for the time being.

2. The National Waterways Museum

Gloucester has a rich nautical history as one of the country’s most inland shipping ports. At the National Waterways Museum, as well as an impressive model of the Severn Trow, there are plenty of displays and interactive exhibits to make learning about life on the docks lots of fun. There’s also a new outdoor seating area to watch the world go by.

The National Waterways Museum is open 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Saturday, with plenty of space and a one-way system is in operation around the exhibits.

3. Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

With 300 years of Gloucestershire’s military history on display, from the Napoleonic War right up to the present day, visitors to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire museum can see uniforms, medals and even a replica World War I trench.

The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday and tickets must be pre-booked online.

4. The House of The Tailor of Gloucester

Fairytale fans won’t want to miss the chance to explore the inspiration behind one of Beatrix Potter’s most famous stories. The House of the Tailor of Gloucester, tucked away on College Court next to the historic St Michael’s Gate, is a museum and shop full of rare items and Potter-inspired gifts.

The museum and shop are open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Entry is free, visitors will need to wear a face mask and observe social distancing.

5. Jet Age Museum

Families and aviation enthusiasts will love the Jet Age Museum, with a chance to see some incredible aircraft including Britain’s first jet, which was built in Gloucestershire. Run by volunteers, visitors may also get the chance to meet some of the pilots who flew the planes on display.

The Jet Age Museum is currently open from 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Entry is free, visitor numbers are limited, and face masks and social distancing are both mandatory.

6. The Museum of Gloucester

With artefacts dating as far back as Roman times, the oldest complete backgammon set in the world and an impressive collection of paintings from artists like Wilson and Gainsborough, the Museum of Gloucester is a must for art and history fans.

The Museum of Gloucester reopened on Thursday 3 September 2020 and is now open from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm, with advance booking encouraged.

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