Gloucester (Glevum) was founded in AD 97 by the Romans and today combines historic architecture with a unique blend of visitor attractions, festivals and entertainment and shopping. The Historic Docks are England's most inland port and once a major destination for elegant tall ships. Today many of the historic warehouses have been converted and the docks with their museums, pubs and cafe's provide a major attraction for tourists - the highlight being the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival.
One of the most beautiful medieval buildings in the country with magnificent stained glass, royal tombs, fan-vaulted medieval cloisters.Gloucester Cathedral is one of the few monastic buildings to escape destruction in Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries.
Gloucester Cathedral been a Christian site for over 1300 years, more recently it has become a well-known film location including being transformed into the corridors of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.Gloucester Cathedral BBC: Harry Potter Cathedrals Plus Website
Gloucester's Historic Docks have been extensively redeveloped and include antique shops, restaurants, and museums, and the new Gloucester Quays shopping outlet. Trips up the canal are available and the area is an interesting place to wander.
The docks are also home to the National Waterways Museum and have become the centrepiece of the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival.
Gloucester's flagship event, the free Tall Ships Festival starts with the awesome sight of tall ships sailing into Britain's most inland port - these ships have travelled along the Gloucester-Sharpness canal right past Tudor Caravan Park.
Visitors can board the ships, watch pirate and viking long boat battles, listen to live music, and visit food and craft markets.Gloucester Docks Website Tall Ships Website
Gloucester is about 13 miles from Tudor Caravan Park and is a safe walk or bicycle ride along the Gloucester-Sharpness canal towpath or about 15 minutes by car.
Gloucester Cathedral cloisters
Hogwarts at Gloucester Cathedral
The Matthew heading to Gloucester Docks
The David at the Tall Ships Festival
Tall Ships lit up at Gloucester Docks