Top 5 Places to Visit In Gloucestershire (Things To Do)

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Many people already have their to-do list after this pandemic. Most of them love to visit popular places, such as England.

Gloucestershire is one of the best cities where anyone will find peace and escape from city life.

Gloucestershire is a city of Gloucester that is situated in South West England. The place is rich in history, iconic cathedrals, and docks.

With that in mind, there is no doubt why many people love to visit this city.

The place is popular among people around the world because of the fun-filled activities they can do together with their friends, families, and loved ones.

Gloucestershire is one of the best places anyone should visit to relieve stress because of its beautiful landscapes.

Visiting Gloucestershire cannot be completed if they will not experience the amazing activities and witness the beautiful places in the area.

The place offers romantic activities for couples, fun-filled escapes for families, holiday activities for friends, and more.

This article will give those who plan to visit Gloucestershire an idea about the top 5 places to visit in the area and things to do in each spot.

This will be their England-travel guide to help them find peace and relaxation from their stressful works and studies.

Where to Go in Gloucestershire?

Of course, many people who plan to visit Gloucestershire already have the list of places they want to go.

But for those who don’t, they are probably still seeking some advice about the best places to go in Gloucestershire.

Well, Gloucestershire is the home of tourist-friendly places. So, anyone can easily find an area where they can celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, or a simple escape from problems.

The following are the top 5 places to go by anyone who is planning to visit Gloucestershire. Read on to know more about it.

1. Get Lost in the Mystical World of Mr Mulligan's Cheltenham

Mr Mulligan's Cheltenham is one of the top places everyone should visit together with their friends. The area features a total of 36 hole courses. Each hole has something that will surprise anyone.

This is the perfect place for an adventurous group of friends. It's time to challenge them to get into these holes and create a surprising history.

This is a single place in Gloucestershire that will take anyone to a whole new world. It gives a Harry-Potter, and Jurassic Park vibes wherein strange creatures are waiting in the holes.

Start from the jungle and end in the dark, deep sea. At every endpoint, tourists and adventurers will find hidden gems and treasures.

Aside from that, Mr Mulligan's Cheltenham also offers an adventure-themed hole with a centrepiece and UV rooms. This whole course will surely catch anyone’s attention.

No one knows that a game of simple golf could be this strange and crazy.

The area also has on-course waiters. So, visitors will never get hungry because the waiters are always ready to serve them something tasty.

What’s more? The area is also a good place to celebrate children’s birthday parties. They will surely remember this smashing party for their whole life.

Remember, visitors age 18 years old and below should leave the place on or before 8:45 in the evening because of licensing requirements. The place is open from Mondays to Sundays.

2. Find Bananas at Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre

Couples together with their kids will surely enjoy this place. Go Bananas offer the best physical activities designed for the whole family.

There is no doubt that this is the greatest place to visit for 10-year olds.

Visitors can enjoy the Astra slide with their friends and kids and immerse themselves in the ball pool.

Don’t worry, Go Bananas is a child-friendly playground because it has different equipment to make sure the player’s safety.

What’s more? The place also has a separate area where kids age 4 years old and below can safely play. In addition, families will also enjoy a disco on Friday evening.

The place also has an area where players can play Laser Tag games. But, this happens only during Saturdays and Sundays as long as they are playing inside the frame. This is done for safety purposes.

Go Bananas is open from Mondays to Sundays, 9:00 to 18:00.

3. Have a Romantic Date at Painswick Rococo Garden

Couples who want to be in a place filled with sweet-scented flowers should visit the Painswick Rococo Garden. It was established in the 1740s that was initially designed to entertain royal guests.

Aside from romantic couples, the place is also open for families with playful kids. It offers a vegetable garden, fanciful flower garden, and Instagrammable landscapes.

Anyone who will visit this area should take their cameras because of the amazing views this spot offers.

Visitors can make themselves more connected to nature by visiting the Leafy Woodland Walk in Painswick Rococo Garden. Also, friends and family members can make a bet of being the first person to find the centre of their strange maze.

Aside from their blooming flowers, the area also has its newly opened Bug Hotel: The Premier Inn Sect.

Every during the Easter season to October, the crews of Painswick Rococo Garden encourage their young visitors to try searching for Thomas Robins.

This missing mascot roams around the area. Young kids are also allowed to take this challenge together with their friends. This is an amazing way to keep the kids and kids-at-heart enjoy the view of the place.

After a tiring day, visitors can avail themselves of a light lunch of a homemade cake in the place's cosy café. The place also offers disabled toilets and accessible for wheelchairs.

But, considering that the garden is located near the valley, the accessibility is not very ideal.

The Painswick Rococo Garden is open from January 10 to October 30, from 10:30 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon.

4. Have a Stress-Free Walk or Jog at the Great Witcombe Roman Villa

As mentioned earlier, Gloucestershire is a city rich in history. One of the historical places everyone should visit is the Great Witcombe Roman Villa.

It is believed that this area is the remains of a large Villa located in this beautiful countryside.

This is a great place to visit with the whole family. The kids will learn a lot from the place’s history. Aside from that, visitors can also take their furry friends for a walk.

Of course, pet owners are also required to clean up the mess (if any) caused by their dogs.

Before heading to the area, take note that it is a quite steep site without protected slopes.

Also, even though the site features bricks of the building, bear in mind that entering the building to view the original mosaics is not allowed.

Unfortunately, the site is not accessible for wheelchairs or wheelchairs. Guests can visit the area for free. It is open from April to October from 10:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the afternoon.

It will then be re-opened from November to March from 10:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon.

5. Watch All-Time-Favorite Movies at Cineworld Gloucester Quays

Many people are for sure fond of watching movies. Visiting the Cineworld Gloucester Quays with friends and family could be the best experience a person could have.

Whether rainy or sunny, everyone in the cinema will enjoy their leisure time watching their all-time favourite movies. All the movies are flashed on a wide-screen television.

Anyone will love how smooth the movies are being screened without posing much strain on their eyes because of the HFR-RealD 3D technology.

Before entering the cinema, visitors are encouraged to buy some treats and snacks from Baskin Robbins; once the movie starts, no one would love to step out from their seats.

Take note that the pricing will depend on the showing time as well as the film type.

It is expected that all cinemas globally are temporarily closed, considering the world’s current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Final Thoughts

Gloucestershire is the home of breathtaking views, and adventures visitors around the world should experience.

Aside from that, the city is rich in history that can be easily seen in the place’s terrific city tours and magnificent museums.

Gloucestershire is also a popular place to visit among Harry Potter fans. Aside from the places mentioned above, visitors should also visit the Gloucester Cathedral, Robinswood Hill, Gloucester Quays, and a lot more.

Those places listed above are only a few of the top-rated and highly recommended areas to visit in Gloucestershire.

Before heading to the place, do not forget to carry a camera because the area is filled with Instagrammable landscapes.

One week won’t be enough to go to the must-visit areas in Gloucestershire. So, it would be better to have a longer vacation in the said area to have a worthwhile visit.

Always consider the season before visiting the area since some of the places there are open during a certain period only. Through this, visitors will surely enjoy their vacay in the area.

About the author

Laura Morris

Laura Morris is an experienced clinical practitioner and CQC Registered Manager with over twenty years experience, over ten of which have been as an Independent Nurse Prescriber.

She has held a number of senior leadership roles in the substance use and mental health sector in the NHS, the prison service and in leading social enterprises in the field.

Last Updated: October 31, 2023