Local area guide

Living in Gloucester

Nestled between three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Cotswolds, Wye Valley and Malvern Hills, Gloucester also offers easy access to Cheltenham and Cirencester.

But in good news for buyers, it also comes with the bonus of cheaper house prices.

Your guide to moving to Gloucester

Why Gloucester is a good place to live

Steeped in history and culturally diverse, with some innovative regeneration projects underway, Gloucester is home to some lovely architecture and property prices are generally cheaper hear than the nearby Cotswolds and Cheltenham.

Gloucester is in a great location, offering easy access to beautiful surrounding villages including Bourton-on-the-water, Chipping Camden, Painswick, Lower Slaughter and many more.

And within the city itself, there's plenty on offer for culture vultures to enjoy.

Spend an afternoon strolling through Gloucester Cathedral and Museum, Blackfriars Priory and The National Waterways Museum, or take in the ancient 13th century monasteries, Tudor buildings and revamped Victorian docks.

Gloucester Quays has recently undergone a £300 million makeover and is a great place to hang out in the evenings and weekends, with lots of cool cafes, restaurants and stores to enjoy.

What's Gloucester famous for?

Gloucester's 11th century Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in England and is the burial place of King Edward II.

More recently, Harry Potter fans may recognise it from The Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Half Blood Prince: since it was used as a location for filming Hogwarts.

In fact, J K Rowling was born in Yate in Gloucestershire, as was Hollywood actor Simon Pegg.

Beatrix Potter's charming story, The Tailor of Gloucester, was one of the author's favourites from her Peter Rabbit series and was originally inspired by a shop here on Westgate Street.

And finally, canal fans will love the Gloucester Waterways Museum. Set in an old Victorian warehouse, it looks back over 200 years of canals in Britain and features lots of narrow boats, river barges and tugs.

Things to do in Gloucester

Gloucester is set in a fabulous location. You can easily explore the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, right on its doorstep, or soak up the delights of any of the local Cotswold villages nearby.

If you love nature, you'll love Nature in Art: a museum and art gallery at Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, dedicated exclusively to art inspired by nature.

Obviously a visit to the splendid Cathedral is a must, as is a tour of Blackfriars Priory, where you can enjoy an afternoon tea too.

For shopping and foodie fans, an afternoon at Gloucester Quays is not to be missed. Recently transformed into a bustling hub of cafes, restaurants and shops, it's a great place to meet up and hang out.

In fact, foodies are well catered for in and around Gloucester. Head to the pretty village of Longford for one of the finest gastropubs, the Queen's Head, and tuck into Longford lamb and mash, Wagyu beef burgers or slow cooked belly pork with cider sauce.

In the city itself, Sebz on Northgate Street serves the best tapas and Mediterranean dishes in town, while Greek on the Docks at Merchants Quay serves authentic cuisine in a beautiful waterside location.

And pizza fans should be sure to swing by Settebello at Merchant Quay or Dough from Dough Pizza for the best slices in town.

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Transport in Gloucester


Gloucester benefits from a well-connected railway network with Gloucester railway station being a key hub.

The station provides direct services to major cities including London (approximately 2 hours), Birmingham (around 1 hour), and Bristol (approximately 50 minutes).


The city has an extensive bus network operated by various providers, including Stagecoach and National Express.

Buses connect Gloucester to nearby towns and villages, including Cheltenham, the Forest of Dean, Stroud, Stonehouse, Dursley and beyond.

Park and Ride

Gloucester operates a park and ride service, with sites like Waterwells and Quedgeley providing commuters with parking facilities on the outskirts of the city.


Gloucester is easily accessible by road, situated at the intersection of major roads including the M5 motorway and the A40.

The M5 connects the city to Birmingham and Exeter, while the A40 provides a route to Cheltenham and Oxford.

Travel times to nearby cities are relatively short, with Cheltenham being around 10 miles away and Bristol approximately 40 miles away.


Gloucester's nearest airports are Bristol (1 hr 10 mins drive), Birmingham (1 hr 20 mins drive) and London Heathrow (1 hr and 45 mins drive), all of which operate international flights.

Trains and coaches also run from Gloucester to all three airports.

Transport connections

National Rail
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Cheltenham Spa
National Rail
6.3 miles / 10.1 km
Stroud (Gloucs)
National Rail
8.3 miles / 13.4 km
National Rail
8.4 miles / 13.5 km
Sharpness Old Docks
Ferry Port
14.2 miles / 22.9 km
Lydney Harbour
Ferry Port
15.7 miles / 25.3 km

Schools in Gloucester

Gloucester offers a range of Good and Outstanding schools for children.

For primary aged pupils, Kingsholm Church of England Primary School , Coney Hill Community Primary School and Field Court Junior School are among those rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

For secondary students, The Crypt School, Alderman Knight School and Pate's Grammar School are all rated Outstanding, while Ribston Hall High School and Barnwood Park School are among those rated Good.

In the private sector, King's School, set in the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral, has the prestigious origins of being founded by Henry VIII in 1541. Today it's an independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18 and achieves outstanding exam results.

For further education, Gloucester College offers a variety of B-Tec courses, ranging from entry level to Level 3. Subject areas covered include art, business, catering, construction, teacher training and many more.

The University of Gloucester has three campuses based in Gloucester and Cheltenham and offers a range of courses spanning accounting, business, construction, criminology, education, healthcare and more.

And finally, Hartpury University has a global reputation in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing, where they proudly state you'll learn from the very best.

Schools in Gloucester

Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls
Ages: 11 - 16 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Widden Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Edward Jenner School
Ages: 5 - 16 years old
The King's School, Gloucester
Ages: 3 - 18 years old
Al Ashraf Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Kingsholm Church of England Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2013)