A summary of the most popular tourist attractions in Gloucestershire. There are all sorts of places in the county that attract tourists and day-trippers. There are many attractions for you to visit in the Forest of Dean, which has a wide variety to choose from.
- Castles – A glimpse through the countries history, there are many local ruins and restored castles throughout the county.
- Art – Exhibitions of local artwork throughout the county.
- Museums – Learn some local history in the regions many exhibits.
- Countryside – Get outdoors and be at one with nature and enjoy some spectacular scenery.
- Churches – The best historical religious buildings throughout Gloucestershire.
Featured Tourist Attractions
The Barn Owl Centre
A conservation project that’s aim is to help birds of prey in its sanctuary near to Gloucester. The Barn Owl Centre hosts flying days where you can watch falcons and owls flying in the beautiful habitat they have created. Another similar local attraction is the International Centre of Birds of Prey which is a great family day out.
Dean Forest Railway
A very popular place for steam rail enthusiasts and the public in general. You can enjoy a few train trips on old trains on their branch line through the Forest of Dean. The Dean Forest Railway also has a museum of all things rail and a few nice places to eat and drink on the way.
This is a popular place in the Forest of Dean where you can go ar a great adventure. The GoApe site is very popular with families looking for something more active to do.
Pittville Pump Room
The Pittville Pump Room in Pittville Park in Cheltenham was the last and largest of the spa buildings to be built in the town. The Pump Room was completed in 1825 and is now a grade 1 listed building. The architecture of this building is fantastic with a colonnade and lots of iconic columns. It still houses the original pump that was made from marble and scagliola.
Pittville Pump Room is open to the public to have a look around as well as being a premier wedding venue. Inside this grand building is a ballroom, billiards room, library and a reading room.
The WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is very popular with tourists to the county, specifically those interested in wild birds and nature in general. You can get up-close and personal and feed many types of wildfowl.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens exhibit mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates from all around the world. The gardens and grounds are part of the Bradwell Grove estate.
The manor house at Bradwell Grove dates from 1804 and many of the mature trees in the park were planted in the 19th century. In 1970 the owner, John Heyworth, opened the gardens to the public with 230 animals from 40 species exhibited. http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
Visit Stanway House and Fountain, a Jacobean Manor House and the world’s tallest gravity-fed fountain. Family home of the Earl of Wemyss with water gardens and 14th-century tithe barn. Restored working watermill next door to the main house. On the Cotswold Way. Tues and Thurs afternoons in June, July and August. Groups by appointment at any time of year. www.stanwayfountain.co.uk
St Michael’s Tower
St Michael’s Tower is over 500 years old. It was the former bell tower of the Church of St Michael. The Tower once housed 10 bells and the church was once a famous city landmark.
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