Gloucester is an important inland port on the River Severn, linked by canal to the docks at Sharpness 16 miles away. Roman Legions established a fortress here in AD43. Today the city's main roads still follow the pattern of the original roman roads designed by the daughter of Alfred the Great. Gloucester's main attractions are the House of "The Tailor of Gloucester" where you can view each and every episode of the famous Beatrix Potter tale, 2003 being the 200th anniversary of the story being published. The East Gate viewing chamber, Gloucester Cathedral which was founded 1300 years ago and which some younger visitors will recognise as "Hogwarts".
In 1939 Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club celebrated it's Golden Jubilee having been started by a small band of enthusiasts who in the autumn of 1889, "resolved to introduce the Royal and Ancient game to this part of England".Stinchcombe Hill was rated by the late Henry Longhurst as being among the top most scenic courses in Europe. Gently undulating fairways add an additional interest to almost every shot you play. Whatever the weather, the course challenges the lower as well as the higher handicap player despite a scratch par 68.
The Cotswold Water Park is Britains largest complex of man made lakes and wetlands. The Water Park has something for everyone. Watersports include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. If you prefer dry land, activities include horse riding, a high ropes aerial adventure and golf. There are also plenty of opportunities for cycling and walking with both the Thames Path and Sustrans route 45 running through the Water Park. For nature lovers there are numerous nature reserves, meadows and bird hides to view wildlife living in and visiting the Water Park, many of these sites have been given SSSI status.
A cultural centre of international repute, Cheltenham provides a wide range of entertainment for visitors to enjoy, including excellent theatre, music, dance and comedy. Gustav Holst, the composer of The Planets Suite, was born here and a visit to the Holst Birthplace Museum is highly recommended. Famous people to have visited Cheltenham include Handel, Samuel Johnson, the Duke of Wellington, Princess Victoria, Lord Byron and Jane Austen. Cheltenham is a place of fine regency buildings, wide tree-lined avenues,beautiful parks, scenic lakes, spacious lawns and manicured gardens.
This ancient castle has been preserved and gradually transformed from a savage Norman fortress into a truly stately home with a wealth of treasures, paintings by English and Dutch masters, tapestries, furniture of an interesting diversity, silver and porcelain. Highlights of the castle are the massive Norman Keep with the Dungeon and the cell where King Edward II was murdered in 1327, the Picture Gallery, the Dining Room, the medieval Buttery and Kitchens, the Historic Great Hall and the magnificent State Apartments. The castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and terraced Elizabethan Gardens with many rare plants, with a lily pond and with Queen Elizabeth I's bowling green. Before or after a visit to the Castle there are the delights of the Butterfly Farm set in the walled garden adjacent to the car park.
Goodrich Castle is the most complete medieval castle in Britain, despite its turbulent history. Built on a rocky outcrop with exhilarating views over the Wye Valley, it gives a fascinating insight into fortress life seven centuries ago. There's a 12th century keep to explore, along with the chapel and a maze of small rooms and passageways. It's possible to climb the ramparts, peer through defensive 'murder holes' and, with the help of the free audio tour, learn all about the famous Civil War Siege. 'Roaring Meg' - the gun that destroyed the castle - is also there to be seen. General Information:Parking, Toilets, Audio tour including disabled versions, Souvenir guide book, Free children's activity sheet and Limited disabled access.
Cheltenham, the jewel in Jump racing's crown, plays host to the best jumping action in the world from 350 spectacular acres in the lee of the beautiful Cotswold hills. Whether you're here on a crisp bright October day or a balmy evening in May, you'll feel that unmistakeable Cheltenham magic. The racing, the setting, the tradition and history, the shared sense of enjoyment all combine