Explore Gloucester with megabus
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.
Gloucester: getting around
When you take a megabus to Gloucester you’ll 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.
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.
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