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Thanks to its beautiful countryside and scattering of charming small stone villages, Gloucestershire has plenty to offer as a tourist destination. A county filled with history and heritage, it is widely recognised as one of the unspoilt counties of England.

Why go?

There are many reasons to book Gloucestershire hotels. Our useful guide takes you through some of the best...

Gloucestershire consists of three distinct areas: a large portion of the Cotswolds, the Severn Valley, and the Forest of Dean. This part of the country has some of the most spectacular countryside to be seen in England, drawing many visitors each year to the hotels in Gloucestershire.

Renowned for its idyllic countryside, Gloucestershire has a whole host of stunning natural scenic sights to enjoy. The Forest of Dean was designated as a National Forest Park back in 1938 and is now home to a huge array of flora and fauna that change as each season comes and goes. There are country parks, such as Crickley Hill Country Park, on the edge of the Cotswolds, that are great for visiting with picnics in warmer months.

It is worth visiting Tewkesbury Abbey, which dates back to before the Norman Conquest and Tewkesbury Town Museum, where the rest of the town's history is eloquently explained. The county is home to a number of National Trust sites, such as Dyrham Park, which houses the stunning late 17th century House of William Blathwayt, and Chedworth Roman Villa, which is one of the largest Roman villas in the UK.

For families, the Playzone Indoor Adventure Play area in Gloucester is a great place to visit for families with kids aged between two to eight years old. Kids love the numerous slides, ball pools and climbing areas and parents can relax knowing that the play area is supervised at all times. The perfect day out for those with older kids can be had at Croft Farm Leisure & Waterpark. Located just outside of Tewkesbury, visitors have the opportunity to try out water sports such as canoeing and windsurfing and there's also an indoor children's play facility.

A great place to visit for thrill seekers is Go Ape!. Located in the Forest of Dean, Go Ape! is a tree top adventure that involves high wires, crossings and zip wires - all way up in the trees well above the forest floor!

Another great place to visit to get your blood pumping is Cheltenham Racecourse. Home to the famous Gold Cup race, the course lets you have a flutter and hopefully pick out a few winners at one of the UK's best known racecourses.

Where to stay?

It's easy to find your ideal Gloucestershire accommodation when you use the search tool on TravelSupermarket, so where will you stay?

There are hotels in Gloucestershire to suit all tastes and budgets, so you can be sure you'll find accommodation to meet your needs should you choose to visit this amazing county.

If you are looking for a Gloucestershire hotel within the Cotswolds you can check in at country hotels and homely B&Bs, though it's difficult to find budget brand hotels.

Cheap hotel rooms from the likes of Premier Inn and Travelodge are easier to find on the outskirts of major urban areas such as Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewksbury. In and around the towns is an excellent mix of budget hotels, boutique hotels, B&Bs and five-star hotels that offer facilities such as spas and golf.

Cirencester hotels, which serve the southern county town, also offer variety to suits most tastes and budgets.

It's wise to book your hotel in Gloucestershire as early as possible, especially during big events such as the Gold Cup and when the busy summer season gets going.

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What to see?

Gloucestershire is a county of contrasts, something reflected in its impressive collection of attractions...

Top five attractions

Gloucester Cathedral

This is an outstanding example of a Gothic cathedral and a site steeped in history that dates back almost a thousand years.


Gloucestershire has a good spread of museums. One of the most interesting can be found at Gloucester Docks, which houses the National Waterways Museum and a splendid collection of boats and items chronicling the history of Britain's inland waterways.

The Promenade

The Promenade in Cheltenham is often labelled as one of England's most beautiful streets. And it's easy to see why as you shuffle between
the art galleries and cafes that line it.

Clearwell Caves

Near the village of Coleford you'll find a splendid example of Gloucestershire's subterranean industrial heritage. A series of caverns can be explored with the help of guides who will explain how iron ore was mined by the locals.

Puzzle Wood

Not far from Clearwell Caves you'll find the eerie Puzzle Wood. Once an ancient open-cast mine it has become overgrown with spooky, lichen-coated trees that line the curious passageways and maze-like walkways.

What's on?

You'll find Gloucestershire's social diary is a packed affair, crammed with an interesting variety of annual events...

Cheltenham Festival; March: During the week-long event, thousands of people visit the area, meaning that Cheltenham hotels can get pretty full. For four days, the eyes of the racing world are on Cheltenham as it builds towards the crescendo of one of biggest races in the world - the Gold Cup.

Food and Drink Festival; July:
Gloucester Quays come alive with culinary stalls and cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs each year for the Gloucester Food and Drink Festival.

Literature Festival; October:
For 10 days, the picturesque town of Cheltenham is packed with book lovers as well as writers and novelists from around the world to celebrate the hugely popular Cheltenham Literature Festival.