Welcome to the county of Gloucestershire, a rich haven of opportunity for visitors to the South West of England. Located close to Wales, the county is also surrounded by Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, and Oxfordshire. Within the county boundaries lie the city of Gloucester, the main towns of Cheltenham, Stroud, and Tewkesbury, along with an interesting selection of smaller towns and villages, and the famous Cotswolds Villages, Severn Valley, and the Forest of Dean.

Gloucestershire is a county that is very proud of its industrial, natural, and built heritage, and much of this is preserved and protected for visitors to enjoy. There is evidence throughout the Cotswolds villages and towns of the Wool and Cloth industries that helped make their names, while the Forest of Dean houses some former Coal Mines. Steam Railways also played their part in Gloucestershire, both for leisure and industrial use, and there are several Steam Railways offering trips today, such as the Dean Railway running through the Forest of Dean area. This forest is one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in the country, while the Cotswolds countryside is also a picturesque attraction to visitors, particular ramblers.

Then there’s the built heritage, which includes Gloucester Cathedral, a popular site for film and television crews, Berkeley Castle, Chastleton House near Bourton-on-the-Hill, the ‘mock castle’ or Broadway Tower, and the Pittville Pumprooms in Cheltenham. There’s also evidence throughout the county of traditional Market Halls, Wool Merchants Homes, and farm buildings. It’s not just the buildings that are important in Gloucestershire though, but the stories that they hint at and illustrate. There are museums dedicated to different periods of history, different industries in the area, and well known people who made Gloucestershire their home. These include the Silk Mill in Chipping Campden, The Nature in Art Museum in Twigworth, and Winchcombe Museum.

The county is also home to the world renowned Cheltenham Racecourse, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and can be a lively place to be during race meetings, although there are a host of events of all shapes and sizes held in the towns and villages all year round for visitors and residents alike. This along with an array of modern shops, traditional and independent retailers, restaurants, bars, traditional country inns, and craft outlets, ensures that this is a county that caters well to peoples needs, and you’ll never be short of something to see or do here either. You can be close to all the attractions the county has to offer by staying in a time share. Featuring plenty of high quality amenities within rustic style frameworks, these surprisingly low-priced holiday cottages will provide visitors with much needed relaxation after a day of exploring fascinating Gloucestershire.

Take a look around the rest of this site and you’ll find more details on all the towns and villages that make up Gloucestershire, their attractions, what facilities they have to offer visitors, and should you be on a holiday rather than a day trip, where it’s best to stay. Gloucestershire is a county that’s full of life, full of history, and it’s easily accessible too, so there’s no reason not to find out more, and pay a visit to this part of South West England.