The cathedral city of the Cotswolds, Gloucester has its roots stretching back to Roman times and has continued to be an important English city, boasting over 2,000 years of history. Gloucester also has its fair share of literary connections.
Some of the most enduring characters in literature have been based on real people who lived in or had links to the city. Authors such as Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, Robert Louis Stephenson, and J. M. Barrie have all drawn on inspiration from Gloucester or its residents for their classic books.
Ancient, spectacular and a beautifully serene place to visit, the Cathedral is one of the most magnificent Gothic buildings in the world. Gloucester Cathedral is the final resting place of Edward II, where a nine-year old Henry III was crowned and where pilgrims have flocked for centuries.
Based at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, the Archives provides various records for researching family history in addition to a guide covering records for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
The museum tells the story of one of the most decorated regiments in the British Army playing pivotal roles in the Korean War, both World Wars and the Napoleonic era. Peer into a First World War trench and learn about the regiment’s battle honours and how they were won.
The Jet Age Museum
The museum celebrates the history of the Gloster Aircraft Company and the county’s aviation history, the Jet Age is filled with fantastic exhibits including Frank Whittle’s experimental Gloster E29/38, the Meteor (the first jet fighter to enter RAF service), the huge delta-winged Javelin and a Vulcan Bomber cockpit.
Discover De Crypt
The medieval church and adjoining Tudor Schoolroom has links to two of greatest Christian leaders of their generation. Evangelist and Methodist minister George Whitefield, and Robert Raikes, a pioneer of the Sunday School movement. See the pulpit where Whitefield first preached or take a tour of the bell tower.