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Image of ponds in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire

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.

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.

Best of Gloucestershire breaks for...
  • Families: the Playzone Indoor Adventure Play area in Gloucester is a great place to visit for families with kids aged between 2-8 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 is also an indoor children's play facility.
  • Beautiful countryside:  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 huge array of flora and fauna that change as each season comes and goes. There are country parks such as Crickley Hill Country Park which is on the edge of the Cotswolds that are great for visiting with picnics in warmer months.
    Stone village in Gloucester 
  • Historical sites: 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.
  • Thrill seekers: 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 as well as other famous race days, you can have a flutter and hopefully pick out a few winners at one of the UK's most famous racecourses. During the week-long Cheltenham festival in march thousands of people visit the area meaning that Cheltenham hotels can get pretty full.
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.