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About Gloucestershire

In southwest England lies the county of Gloucestershire, which comprises Forest of Dean, part of the River Severn valley and a part of Cotswold Hills. Its county town is located in Gloucester with Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cirencester and Cheltenham as its major towns. It has a total area of 1,220 square miles and a population of is home to an estimated 861,700 people.

Gloucester is a modern city with a glorious history, which now has various museums, pubs, restaurants and shopping centres. Do not miss the Gloucester Cathedral and the 200-year old Gloucester Docks and its Victorian warehouses.

Cheltenham is internationally known for its spa waters, its specialty shops, glorious architecture and is various festivals. In contrast, the mysterious and magical beauty of the Forest of Dean managed to provide inspiration to writers and artists such as JK Rowling and Tolkien. At the foot of the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean is the Severn Vale, where some very beautiful half-timbered buildings from the medieval era still exist. Complementing Severn Vale is the town of Tewkesbury, a former ancient settlement that has several Tudor buildings, and boast of attractions such as the Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury War Memorial and the Royal Hop Pole Hotel, which was mentioned in the "The Pickwick Papers" of Charles Dickens.

Must Visit:

Clearwell Caves – From the Coleford town centre in Gloucestershire, it is only 1.5 miles to Clearwell Caves, which for thousands of years have been the source of iron ore and brown, purple, yellow and red ochre, which are used in making artists' pigments. It is a working mine and mining museum, where visitors could see a different world which only miners used to see.

Cotswolds –an unspoilt and distinctively English region where time seem to have stood still for 300 years. It is widely known for its gentle hillsides or wolds, with quiet and laid-back villages with uniform honey-coloured limestone structures and buildings, market towns teeming with history, beech woods, water meadows and river valleys.

Destinations:

Closest Airport: Gloucestershire Airport – 7.6 Miles

Closest City Centre: From Cheltenham to Gloucester Tourist Information Centre in Southgate – 9.6 Miles

Closest Must-See location outside Northumberland: Wells Cathedral in Wells, Somerset – 55.9 Miles

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