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Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire

Places to Visit

Gloucestershire

Landscape heaven

Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

 

Historic county

Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.

Recommended in Gloucestershire

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Ellenborough Park

This country house hotel on the original Cheltenham Racecourse estate combines old and new.
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Blaisdon House B&B

Expect a friendly welcome and comfy rooms at this former vicarage dating back to the 12th century.
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Lumière

Modern innovative cooking at one of Cheltenham's most alluring dining destinations. Winner of the AA Restaurant of the Year for England.