Gloucester is a city steeped in history. Its cathedral dates back 1,000 years and, as well as being a significant place of worship, it is a popular attraction among visitors and local people. Cinema fans will recognise its cloisters from some of the Harry Potter movies, where it was used as a location to film Hogwarts corridor scenes.
Another important part of the city’s heritage is the 200-year-old docks – with many of its attractive Victorian buildings still standing and in use. Gloucester boasts an array of cultural highlights too – from its Art Gallery and the Gloucester City Museum, to the Kings Theatre and Guildhall.
Shoppers enjoy a variety of outlets to choose from. The city centre is split into four areas – Northgate, Eastgate, Southgate and Westgate, so it’s easy to navigate. The Eastgate Shopping Centre offers numerous high street stores. And close by, are a selection of stalls and independent shops, contributing to the city’s ‘market town’ feel.
The city provides a range of excellent educational options for those looking to move to Gloucester – including the popular Thrupp, Pate’s Grammar School, Sir Thomas Rich’s School and The Crypt School. And, together with nearby Cheltenham, it is home to the University of Gloucestershire.
Economically, the city is strong in business and finance. It also has a significant history within the aerospace industry. And Gloucester Business Park is home to a number of well-known brands, so the area offers plenty of employment opportunities.
For commuters, Gloucester is an excellent base. Cheltenham and Stroud are close by and Bristol, Swindon and Chippenham are easily commutable. The M4 and M40 motorways provide links to the rest of Gloucestershire, London and the south east. Also nearby is the M5, with direct access to Birmingham, the north, and the south west.
Travelling to either London or Birmingham by train takes just over an hour and a half – providing easy access to airports for those wishing to travel overseas.
Despite being blessed with an abundance of local amenities, Gloucester enjoys outstanding rural surroundings, with the beautiful Cotswolds right on the doorstep. And the city is an excellent place in which to live for sports fans too – particularly those who enjoy rugby, with Gloucester Rugby RFU currently enjoying success in the English Premiership.