Best Western have 2 hotels in Gloucestershire
Book a hotel in Gloucestershire with Best Western if you're looking for something different from your usual short UK break. We have four hotels in different settings, largely located centrally to give you easy access to the numerous interesting towns and villages as well as the picturesque surrounding countryside.
Town and city breaks in Gloucestershire
The county town of Gloucester is ancient, thought to have been founded in AD 97 by the Romans. The town expanded over the next thousand years through fishing and basic manufacture such as wool, iron and leather. It is a beautiful town with an antiquated feel. Walking down the streets past the mismatched buildings and archaic architecture will send shivers down your spine and the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, the burial place of King Edward II, can be recognised from 'cloister scenes' at Hogwarts in the early Harry Potter films. Another great place to book a hotel in Gloucestershire is in or near Cheltenham, another ancient market town that was named after the humble River Chelt, which rises nearby at Dowdeswell and runs through the town on its way to the Severn. In the past few centuries, the town has become famous for horse racing. The town is also famous for being the birthplace of Gustav Holst, the famous classical composer. The piano on which he composed 'The Planets' is displayed at The Holst Birthplace Museum. Booking a Gloucestershire hotel near this delightful regency town, really will give you a truly memorable vacation, you can't fail to appreciate the settlement's speciality shops, architecture, internationally acclaimed festivals and clean and calming spa waters. Other towns that should be visited on an afternoon away from your Gloucestershire hotel include the principal market towns of Stroud, Cirencester and Tewkesbury as well as the smaller settlements of Tetbury, Lydney and Cinderford. All have a lovely unique and rural feel and make for a pleasing day out.
Holidays in the Gloucestershire countryside
The country is largely rural, a magical region of luscious grassland, rolling hills and thick, intriguing forests. It is said that it was this beauty that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and his successor to the throne of fantasy and magic, JK Rowling. Stay in a Gloucestershire hotel and you will quickly realise why this region sparked the imagination and inspiration for such creativity and make-believe. The Forest of Dean is one of our country's few remaining ancient forests. It was made a national park in 1938 and boasts a remarkable range of natural beauty and unique attractions including: Dean Forest Railway, Parkend Ironworks, G.W.R Museum and several adventure parks for children. The Cotswolds too are well worth a visit. The famous range of hills, stretching for 90 miles, has been designated an area of Outstanding Natural beauty. Taking a bracing stroll along the peaks will clear out your cobwebs and really make you feel alive.
Attractions in Gloucestershire
As well as taking walks and connecting with nature, the county of Gloucestershire has plenty on offer. There are numerous, stately homes including Snowshill Manor (a historic house with old-style toys, musical instruments, clocks, tools and samurai armour), Dyrham Park and Gardens as well as Rodmarton Manor plus many more. There are several museums and art galleries to satisfy anyone's thirst for culture and knowledge as well as golfclubs and theme parks. Why not wander down to Winchcombe from your hotel in Gloucestershire to see Sudeley Castle? Here you can pore over some truly special artefacts including the love letters of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. For another historical day away from your Gloucestershire hotel, amble along to the Edward Jenner Museum dedicated to the person who eradicated Smallpox with the invention of the vaccination. The museum, incidentally, is located just a short walk away from the grave of the last jester in England. Book a hotel in Gloucestershire with Best Western for a varied and memorable short UK break.
Hotels in Gloucestershire
Attractions in Gloucestershire:
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