History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

Gloucestershire’s location has put it at the centre of events going back centuries.

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

The history played out within Berkeley Castle’s walls make it one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain. Did you know that King Edward II was murdered here? The castle also has links with William Shakespeare and more!

Blackfriars

Blackfriars

Boasting one of the oldest surviving purpose-built libraries in Europe, Gloucester Blackfriars is a hidden treasure in the heart of Gloucester city centre. Founded around 1239, the venue features stunning medieval architecture.

Bugatti Museum

Bugatti Museum

This museum is for everyone interested in cars, engineering, art and design. The exhibition of historic Bugatti cars, models, engines, art and photographs demonstrates the artistry and individuality of Ettore Bugatti and his family.

Chedworth Roman Villa

Chedworth Roman Villa

Chedworth Roman Villa was rediscovered by the Victorians over 150 years ago. There is a small museum housing a range of finds and artefacts from the villa. As well as all this, there are plenty of opportunities for walks.

Corinium Museum

Corinium Museum

The Corinium Museum in Cirencester focuses on the Romans in Gloucestershire, with impressive displays of mosaics, artefacts and archaeological finds housed in light, well-presented galleries. A great day out.

Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre

No visit to Gloucestershire is complete without a visit to the beautiful Forest of Dean and the Dean Heritage Centre, based in Soudley, is the perfect place to start your visit for a fabulous, fun day out for all the family.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral is a place where all are welcome, regardless of background or faith. It’s open 365 days a year and are proud that entry into the building is completely free for everyone. Find it in Gloucester city centre.

Holst Birthplace Museum

Holst Birthplace Museum

The Holst Birthplace Museum is a memorial to Holst, one of England’s most respected composers, best known for his work The Planets. Here you can learn more of Holst’s life, his music, his family and friendships.

Museum in the Park

Museum in the Park

The Museum in the Park is set in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park. Its collection tells the story of the Stroud Valleys and the wider district, giving you the chance to find out about the people who lived and worked here.

Museum of Gloucester

Museum of Gloucester

The Museum of Gloucester tells the story of the city’s origins as a Roman settlement and its subsequent development through the Dark Ages and Medieval period. The Archaeology collection includes the world-famous Birdlip Mirror.

Newark Park

Newark Park

Newark Park stands proud on top of the Cotswold escarpment, looking down into the Ozleworth valley and to the Mendips beyond. It is situated in an unspoilt corner of Gloucestershire, with barely a sign of modern life visible.

Odda’s Chapel

Odda's Chapel

Odda’s Chapel at Deerhurst is one of the most complete surviving Saxon churches in England. It lay undiscovered for centuries, its walls hidden amidst the rambling rooms of the 17th century farmhouse known as Abbot’s Court.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Rated amongst the top attractions on TripAdvisor for ‘Things to Do in the Cotswolds’, the Sudeley’s castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day.

Tailor of Gloucester

Tailor of Gloucester

The House of the Tailor of Gloucester is a charming museum and quaint shop located in College Court, Gloucester. This was the area Beatrix Potter drew and which inspired her to write what she described as her ‘favourite book’.

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey

Although Tewkesbury Abbey was founded in 1087 by nobleman Robert FitzHamon, building of the present abbey did not start until 1102. Built to house Benedictine monks, the Norman Abbey was near completion in 1121.