Travel to Gloucester
Vibrant and laid-back, friendly and fun, the historic cathedral city of Gloucester
is a fabulous destination for a chilled-out break with plenty to do. Whether you're a dedicated history buff, or more inclined to shop and dine your weekend away, there's something here to satisfy every taste. Book a cheap car share to Gloucester and get ready to explore this buzzing destination...
A city rich in history
With a strategic position on the banks of the River Severn, Gloucester was founded by the Romans at the end of the first century and has served as the gateway to the scenic West Country ever since. There's still evidence of the city's Tudor and medieval past in its architecture, most notably in the stunning 11th-century Gloucester Cathedral
– a highlight for many visitors.
Eat, drink and shop
Gloucester's winding medieval streets offer some fabulous modern shopping opportunities, from popular high street brands along Eastgate Street
and quirky independent shops on Westgate Street, to plush designer outlets at the newly redeveloped Gloucester Quays
, where you'll also find a cinema and a host of restaurants and bars. Antique hunters should definitely squeeze in a visit to the three floors of the Gloucester Antiques Centre, also located within the Quays development.
There's an excellent selection of pubs and eateries scattered throughout the city, which can cater to an array of budgets and tastes. In particular, be sure to check out Gloucester's historic pubs, including the 15th-century New Inn Hotel and Tudor-era Robert Raikes – or brave the ghostly monks in the allegedly haunted Café René. If you're really keen on your ales, pay a visit to the Gloucester Brewery
to witness the brewing process (and sample some wares!).
Looking for some entertainment? There's always something on at the Gloucester Guildhall
, while if you're visiting in July you may get to check out the headliners at the (free!) Summer Sound Music Festival. Rugby fans will certainly want to head to Kingsholm Stadium
to see Gloucester Rugby
in action, while adventurous sorts can pick up their surfboards and paddles and try to ride out the famous Severn Bore – a massive tidal surge on the river.
Commute to Gloucester
Gloucester's prime location makes it easy to commute here from neighbouring cities, including Bristol
. You can keep your travel costs low by arranging a cheap ride via Liftshare – and meet great new people along the way!