Steeped in history, culturally diverse, with some incredibly innovative development projects underway, Gloucester is a popular place to live – with favourable property prices too.
If you don’t already live in the city, SoGlos has whittled it down to our top 10 reasons to consider moving to Gloucester.
Property prices in Gloucester
With Gloucester one of the more affordable places to buy a property in Gloucestershire, house hunters could get better value for money in the historic city – with the average house price sitting at £247,137, according to Rightmove. There’s plenty of choice too, from modern apartments to beautiful period properties.
Gloucester’s fascinating history
From its Roman roots and magnificent Medieval buildings to its nautical connections, Gloucester has a rich and varied history just waiting to be discovered at places like the Museum of Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral, Blackfriars Priory and The National Waterways Museum.
Prestigious schools in Gloucester
The King’s School Gloucester is one of the most prestigious independent schools in the country, situated in the heart of the city within the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral. Gloucester is also home to outstanding grammar school The Crypt School as well as the University of Gloucestershire, with the Gloucestershire College Gloucester Campus and Hartpury University and Hartpury College located nearby.
Waterside living at Gloucester Docks
Who wouldn’t want to watch the world go by with the sun shining and a gin and tonic in hand – with Gloucester Docks providing a gorgeous backdrop for living, dining out, shopping and socialising right at the water’s edge.
Gloucester’s incredible architecture
While Gloucester Cathedral – the famous filming location for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts – is impressive enough, it’s not the only stunning architecture Gloucester has to offer. The town is full of beautiful buildings, including ancient priories dating as far back as the 13th century, Tudor buildings with their characteristic black timber frames, not to mention the Victorian docks.
Glorious green spaces in Gloucester
From Robinswood Hill with its panoramic views on the outskirts of the city, to Gloucester Park right in the heart of it, there are plenty of gorgeous green spaces to enjoy. Intrepid explorers can also pick up The Cotswold Way from Crickley Hill Nature Reserve, just a short drive from Gloucester.
Job opportunities in Gloucester
With huge companies like Mears Group, Ecclesiastical Insurance, CM Downton, LanesHealth and Barnwood Group all headquartered in or around Gloucester, there are plenty of employment opportunities across a range of sectors. Gloucester also has easy access to the M5 for anyone looking to commute to nearby cities like Bristol.
Arts and music in Gloucester
Gloucester has a thriving arts scene, with the city hosting everything from spectacular art installations like Gaia at Gloucester Cathedral; grassroots music festival Barn on the Farm at Over Farm; Gloucester History Festival for history buffs; to the diverse appeal of Gloucester Guildhall for live bands, big-name comedians and cinema screenings.
Sport in Gloucester
Of course, rugby fans will know that Premiership team Gloucester Rugby plays home games at Kingsholm Stadium in the city centre. With Gloucester City Football playing at New Meadow Park for the first time in 2020 after a 13-year hiatus. Plus, there’s a thriving ladies’ football side and netball league in the city, excellent hockey side and a burgeoning basketball team – and even a roller derby league to join! There are also world class equestrian facilities at nearby Hartpury College and Hartpury University.
Independent food and drink in Gloucester
As well as a whole host of independent restaurants offering everything from hand-stretched sourdough pizza at Hooker and Eight to the best brownies in the county (dare we say country?!) at Hetty’s Kitchen, Gloucester even has its very own brewery and gin distillery at Gloucester Docks. Cheers to that!