It’s time to plan your latest UK getaway but you’re unsure where you should go. You want somewhere a bit different with a lot going on and something for everyone. Whether you’re holidaying with family, friends or that special someone you need a location that can provide enjoyment, adventure and relaxation in equal measure.
Gloucestershire can provide all these things and is fast becoming a UK staycation hotspot. Whether you want to wander the Forest of Dean, go trekking in the Cotswolds or explore historic Cheltenham and Gloucester there’s something for everyone in this South West county.
The county of Gloucestershire is a big place and there’s lots to see and do. If you’re a first time visitor the amount of choice you have can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you see? Where can you go?
If the thought of holidaying in Gloucestershire really excites you but you’re unsure how to plan your trip this article has you covered. Below we’ve listed our top 4 places to visit in the county and explained why you should visit them.
What makes Gloucestershire such a unique county?
Gloucestershire can be seen as the gateway to the South West, located just above Bristol and right next to Wales it draws on the history, architecture and culture from all its surrounding areas and combines them together to make towns, cities and villages bursting with things to do.
It’s also known as the gateway to the Cotswolds (Gloucestershire seems to be the gateway too many things) and has the historic Forest of Dean within its borders. This means the county is great for nature lovers and hikers as well as those looking for a mini-break in a historic town or city.
Gloucestershire really has something for everyone and a trip to this historic county could very easily become the trip of a lifetime.
The 4 best places to visit in Gloucestershire
There’s no shortage of things to do in Gloucestershire. You can head out into nature or relax in a café on a historic high street. Gloucestershire is full of things to do, check out our suggestions for the best places to visit below.
The Forest of Dean
The history of this ancient woodland stretches back to the stone age. There has been evidence of human inhabitation in the area for thousands of years and the forest has been an important hunting ground and area of natural resources for everyone from Medieval kings right through to the present day.
More recently the forest has become an important filming location (the new Star Wars films were shot there) and tourist attraction. We also operate the Whitebeam Country holiday park in the Forest of Dean so if you’re looking for a place to stay whilst visiting Gloucestershire look no further.
A walkers paradise, the Cotswolds are often cited as one of the best places in the UK for a rambling holiday. The area’s rolling hills, quaint villages and abundance of footpaths, fell routes and nature trails make it a must visit destination that’s on every walker’s bucket list.
The Cotswolds are designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and they attract painters, poets and naturalists every year. If you’re looking for a day reprieve from the cities and towns in Gloucestershire a ramble in the Cotswold could be just what you need.
Famed for its racecourse, Cheltenham is a bougie town perfect for ladies who lunch or for a meal out with friends after the races. The town has no shortage of high end bars, clubs and restaurants all of which are tucked away in historic Georgian buildings and regency architecture.
The county’s capital city and one that’s steeped in history. The city is centred around Gloucester cathedral and the city’s medieval routes are easy for anyone to see. Gloucester has a more laid back feel to it than excitable Cheltenham and is perfect for couples who want a romantic break away from crowds of the big city yet still want some glamour and nice places to eat.
Where are you staying on your next visit to Gloucestershire?
Gloucestershire has loads to see and do and welcomes visitors all year round. There are loads of amazing places to stay in the county but we think the best way to explore the county is from your very own luxury lodge.
We operate Whitebeam Country Park in the Forest of Dean and have luxury lodges available to rent or buy for those looking for accommodation that’s a bit more personal than a hotel room. If you’d like to rent or buy a lodge you can contact us here.