Welcome to Gloucester
The small city of Gloucester (glos-ter), now the county town of Gloucestershire, was originally a settlement for retired Roman soldiers, and was later conquered by the Anglo-Saxons. It came into its own during the Middle Ages, when pious pilgrims flocked to see the tomb of Edward II and financed the construction of one of England’s most beautiful cathedrals. That stunning edifice remains the principal reason to visit, though Gloucester is also a major transport hub. Under the Victorians, the Gloucester Docks stood at the centre of a crucial network of canals, and it’s still an important rail junction.