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Stay in a Pub in Gloucestershire


Think of that very English county – Gloucestershire – and almost certainly you think of the soft, rolling landscape of the Cotswolds, a glorious region of gentle hills, valleys and chocolate-box villages. However, the county offers a good deal more than this renowned range of verdant green slopes and spectacular vistas so whether you are looking for the perfect family holiday, a cultural city break or an outdoor adventure, Gloucestershire and the Cotwolds have a lot to offer.

To the west of the Cotswolds (England’s largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the mighty River Severn is the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, two stunning landscapes on the Welsh Borders that are synonymous with walking holidays, cycling holidays and sightseeing.

Gloucestershire with the city of Gloucester and the towns of Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud and Tewkesbury also boasts a long and fascinating history. The Romans left their mark here, building roads and villas and setting up military headquarters in Gloucester and Cirencester. They also introduced sheep with significantly long fleeces, and cloth from these were exported throughout the Empire. Must see historic houses include Dyrham Park which has an outstanding collection of Dutch art and Ceramics and Snowshill Manor which is an extraordinary manor house packed full of interesting items from Samurai armour to exquisite clocks and musical instruments.

Britain’s furthest inland port, Gloucester is full of clues to the past but the city has also been transformed to meet the needs of the modern-day tourist, especially the Docks, which Charles Dickens once described as ‘extraordinary.’ As well as the Gloucestershire Docks, make time to visit the volunteer-run heritage railway, which runs along the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire border.