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Bus travel to Gloucester with megabus

Explore Gloucester with megabus

Nestled in the Severn Valley, at the foothills of the Cotswolds, Gloucester has certainly bagged a prime spot in the West Country. Take a coach to this historic inland port and discover its many charms. Explore the museums and moored ships in Gloucester Docks, then pay a visit to one of the country’s most beloved cathedrals. You can splash the cash in Gloucester Quays designer outlet before catching a comedy show at the Guildhall. And when you visit Three Choirs Vineyard, just 30 minutes away through glorious countryside, it won’t be just the wine you get a taste for.

Gloucester: top 3 things to do

1. Explore Gloucester Docks

Gloucester boasts the title of ‘most inland port in the UK’ and visitors flock to its historic Victorian docks. Admire the towering warehouses that sit majestically along the water’s edge, and dip into the eclectic mix of museums, cafés and shops. There are boat tours that leave from here, too.

2. Visit the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Discover what life was like for the soldiers of the Gloucestershire Regiment – AKA The Glosters – over the past 300 years at this remarkable museum. Displays include decorative medals, uniforms and weapons from key moments in history like the Battles of Waterloo and Dunkirk. You’ll find this museum in Gloucester Docks.

3. Tour Three Choirs Vineyard

If wine is your tipple, hop on the 132 bus to nearby Three Choirs Vineyard. It’s one of the oldest – and most celebrated – vineyards in the UK, producing world-respected wines within its 75 acres. Follow an hour-long tour through the vines and back to the winery, then taste the fruits of your labour. 

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Gloucester: getting around

When you take a megabus to Gloucester you’ll usually enjoy added extras like free WiFi*, power sockets* and a 20kg luggage allowance. For more info on what you can expect from the journey, check out our onboard facilities page.

Your coach to Gloucester will drop you off right in the centre of the city, just a stone’s throw from both the bus and train stations. From here, most things are within walking distance, including all the main attractions, shopping areas and restaurants. But if you’d rather jump on a bus, there are regular services that’ll take you anywhere in the city.

If you’re heading to the University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls campus, it’s just a 15-minute walk from the city centre.

Looking to explore further afield? The stunning Royal Forest of Dean is an hour’s bus ride away, while the quaint villages of the Cotswolds are also within easy reach. For a day at the races, catch a train to Cheltenham and you’ll be there in 10 minutes. 

 

Gloucester: best for nightlife

The beating heart of Gloucester’s nightlife is Eastgate Street, where the clubbing scene springs to life after dark. Just a short walk away, Gloucester Quays plays host to a number of stylish bars and restaurants if you’re looking for more of a laid-back vibe. And don’t forget to stop by one of the city’s pubs for a pint of real West Country ale.

For live music and comedy nights, head to the Gloucester Guildhall which attracts big-name acts. Café René on Southgate Street is a great option if you’re looking for local bands strumming their stuff in a more intimate atmosphere.  

Gloucester: best for shopping

If you’re in the market for high street names, King’s Walk Shopping Centre and Eastgate Shopping Centre are a safe bet. Meanwhile, label lovers should head straight for Gloucester Quays, an outlet centre just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. With up to 70% off brands like Gap, Nike and Calvin Klein, your credit card will get a serious workout. It’s also home to a multiplex cinema and lots of places to eat, so you can easily make a day of it. As for one-of-a-kind gifts, The Cathedral Quarter – Westgate Street, College Street and College Court – is hard to beat.

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Gloucester for free: our top 3

1. Discover Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral always draws a crowd, which may have something to do with a certain young wizard. Not only were scenes from Harry Potter shot here, it also appeared in episodes of Sherlock and Doctor Who. And, as the resting place of King Edward II, this 11th-century cathedral is packed to the cloisters with history.

2. Visit Beatrix Potter’s House of the Tailor of Gloucester

Fans of the other Potter, Beatrix, will enjoy spending time in her world at this little shop on College Court. She dreamt up one of her most-loved characters here: The Tailor of Gloucester. Now a museum dedicated to Potter’s stories, this charming attraction is open daily and won’t cost you a penny.

3. Relax and unwind in Hillfield Gardens

Created in 1867, Hillfield Gardens on London Road have become one of the city’s hidden gems – a tranquil oasis away from the buzzing centre. You’ll find historical monuments in the gardens, like the St Mary Magdalene leper hospital chapel that dates back to the 12th century. 

Book your coach to Gloucester using the megabus journey planner on this page.

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