There’s nothing more exciting than going on an adventure. Whether it’s a trek in the hills, a road trip in a vintage car or a classic British staycation there’s something magical about stepping out your door and seeing where your feet take you.
Discovering new places is always fun. Stumbling across a country pub or finding a hidden beauty spot is alway guaranteed to get the heart racing. We think exploration is essential to having a fun holiday and there are plenty of places to visit in Gloucestershire (and the whole South West actually) for you to uncover on your next UK staycation.
In this article we’re going to share with you some of our favourite places to visit in Gloucestershire and tell you why we think the best way to explore the country is from your own holiday home.
Why explore Gloucestershire from your own private static caravan?
Having your own holiday home can have a lot of benefits when it comes to exploring a new UK county. Unlike Airbnbs or hotels they give you a true sense of freedom and ownership over your holiday (especially if you own your own holiday home, you can contact us about that here). Below we’ve listed why we think the best way to explore Gloucestershire is from your own static caravan:
Our luxury mobile homes are situated in a lovely holiday park run by dedicated professionals based just a stone’s throw away from the Welsh English border. Not only is this a great location to get to all the places you want to visit in Gloucestershire but it means you’re being looked after by friendly and attentive hospitality staff.
Avoid the nightmare of inattentive or lazy Airbnb hosts. Nobody likes walking into an Airbnb room to find it dirty or the host rude. You can be shown to your holiday home by a friendly member of staff and you’ll be free to relax to your heart’s content from there.
If you’re renting or own your own holiday home you can skip the anxiety-inducing hotel check in process. Forget waiting in a hotel foyer whilst staff check your room only to find out you need to wait several hours for it to be ready. You can drive up to your static caravan, drop your bags and then go and check out all the great places to visit in Gloucestershire.
When you’re on holiday you don’t want to feel like you’re back at school. But that’s entirely what an all inclusive hotel feels like. With set breakfast, lunch and dinner times you need to plan your day around the hotel’s schedule. Not great if you want to go off exploring.
If you want to head off the beaten track and find lots of interesting places to visit in Gloucestershire renting your own luxury mobile home is the best way to go about it (and let’s be honest, your packed lunch will be better than a hotel buffet).
Where are the best places to visit in Gloucestershire?
There’s no shortage of things to do and places to visit in Gloucestershire. With historic market towns, marvellous cathedrals and staggering natural beauty the county champions everything amazing about rural England.
If you’re planning on visiting the county we’ve listed our favourite locations below.
The city the county is named after. Gloucester is the biggest city in the county and has lots of things to see and do (the cathedral is a personal favourite of ours). The city is located between the River Severn and the Forest of Dean and it’s reputation has skyrocketed in the last few years as a dynamic cultural centre.
The city now boasts many fine restaurants and nightspots along with lots of historical points of interest. There’s hundreds of places to visit in Gloucester alone and you could spend an entire weekend just exploring the city.
Situated on the Western fringes of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham has played host to high society for over 200 years. Now most famous for its racecourse the Georgian town has been a centre of luxury shopping and dining for 200 years.
The town is steeped in history and is a must see for architecture lovers and history buffs.
The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty that rolls over vast tracts of the Gloucestershire countryside. When people think about idyllic English villages and rolling farmland they’re likely picturing the Cotswolds.
A great destination for walkers and ramblers, the region has hills that rise over 300 metres. Perfect for walkers of all ages and skills. You can spend your days in the hills followed by a lovely pub lunch and drink after a hard day’s walking.
The Forest of Dean
If you prefer the forest to fells then The Forest of Dean is the perfect place to explore on a day trip. Right on the border with Wales the forest is 11,000 hectares of ancient woodland. One of the last remaining kinds of wilderness like this in the country.
Ready to explore some places in Gloucestershire?
Gloucestershire is an amazing county with loads of things to see and do. If you’re looking for a UK staycation destination which packs in a lot of history, great architecture, lovely food and drink and great scenery then Gloucestershire is the place for you. You can purchase or rent a holiday home from us at Encore Parcs too. You can see all our homes to buy in the Forest of Dean here or contact us to arrange a viewing.