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Gloucestershire

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Gloucestershire is a county in south-west England. It comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean. The county seat is Gloucester and other principal towns include Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, and Tewkesbury.

Cities, towns and villages[edit]

Map of Gloucestershire
Map of Gloucestershire

Cities[edit]

  • 1 Gloucester – cathedral city and county town of Gloucestershire

Towns[edit]

Villages[edit]

Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh
  • 16 Berkeley – village, home to Berkeley Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress and scene of the gruesome murder of King Edward II in 1327
  • 17 Bourton-on-the-Water – a large Cotswold village known for its picturesque beauty. Still features some interesting, independent shops.
  • 18 Chedworth – a village known for its Roman villa.
  • 19 Fairford
  • 20 Kemble
  • 21 Lower Slaughter Lower Slaughter on Wikipedia – a quintessential English village nestled in the Cotswolds. The dour name refers to the wetlands and the River Eye which flows through the village. From here, you can walk to Upper Slaughter – a similarly beautiful village – in a matter of minutes.
  • 22 Severn Beach and the Severn Bridge

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The M5 motorway and M4 motorway both cross the region. The Severn Bridges are themselves major landmarks. The A40 is a significant road that connects the county from west to east.

By plane[edit]

Gloucestershire itself has 1 Gloucestershire Airport (GLO IATA) in Staverton and while small in size, there are numerous flights available.

Alternatively there is 2 Bristol Airport (BRS IATA), as well as 3 Birmingham Airport (BHX IATA), 4 Gatwick Airport (LGW IATA) and 5 Heathrow Airport (LHR IATA) via car or public transport.

Get around[edit]

Eat[edit]

Gloucestershire is known for several food stuffs, including its own breed of pig, the Gloucestershire Old Spot:

  • Tewkesbury mustard. Tewkesbury mustard (Q7707203) on Wikidata Tewkesbury mustard on Wikipedia
  • Gloucester cheese. Gloucester cheese (Q174539) on Wikidata Gloucester cheese on Wikipedia
  • Stinking Bishop cheese. Stinking Bishop cheese (Q572557) on Wikidata Stinking Bishop cheese on Wikipedia
  • Gloucestershire squab pie. Squab pie (Q7581885) on Wikidata Squab pie on Wikipedia

Stay safe[edit]

  • In emergencies call 999 or 112, in non-emergencies call 101 for police assistance.

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