Gloucestershire is everything people love about rural England.
The county is rich in history, idyllic landscapes, architecture, the list goes on.
Rising in the centre of Gloucestershire are the Cotswolds, limestone hills of incomparable natural beauty, sheltering gorgeous towns and villages, all built with a yellowy stone that resembles nothing else.
Gloucester is a fitting county city with a stunning cathedral and now bursting into life after its historic quays were regenerated, while the spa town of Cheltenham brims with Georgian splendour.
In Gloucestershire you can trace the source of the River Thames or plot a route through the ancient and fantasy-like Forest of Dean.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Gloucestershire:
On the River Severn, and between the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean, Gloucester has rocketed to people’s attention in the last few years as a dynamic cultural centre.
This has come hand-in-hand with the regeneration of the old shipping Quays, where nightspots and restaurants abound.
There’s riveting history in Gloucester too, as the cathedral makes clear.
Constructed in stages between the 12th and 15th centuries it melds Norman and Gothic architecture.
A massive pane of medieval stained glass survives in the Great East Window, while there’s a shrine to King Edward II who was murdered nearby, as we’ll read about later.
On a different note, the maiden flight of the world’s first jet aircraft took place just outside Gloucester at Brockworth.
And to commemorate this there’s the Jet Age Museum, recounting the earliest years of jet-powered flight.