Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Gloucester

Gloucester Cathedral

The spectacular Gloucester Cathedral is among the first and finest examples of the English Perpendicular Gothic style. A Norman church was built here by a group of Benedictine monks in the 12th century, on the site …
Top Choice Bird Sanctuary in Forest of Dean

International Centre for Birds of Prey

Watch raptors swoop and dive at this large, long-standing countryside complex, 2 miles southwest of Newent (follow the signs). There are three flyings per day (11.30am, 2pm and 4.15pm), along with aviaries housing 7…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Forest of Dean

Symonds Yat Rock

Soaring 504m high above Symonds Yat East, this limestone outcrop has outstanding wraparound views of the River Wye and the surrounding countryside. It's a favourite spot for birdwatchers; you may be lucky enough to …
Castle in Berkeley

Berkeley Castle

This fine red-stone castle has been the home of the Berkeleys for nearly 900 years, and little has changed since it was built as a sturdy Norman fortress. Edward II was imprisoned and then allegedly murdered here in…
Nature Reserve in Berkeley

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

A pioneer in wetlands conservation, this 325-hectare reserve has provided a haven for thousands of migratory and resident birds since 1946. The observation tower affords spectacular 360° views for spotting some of t…
Museum in Forest of Dean

Dean Heritage Centre

This entertaining museum looks at everything from the Forest of Dean’s geology and wildlife to the Roman occupation, medieval hunting laws, cottage crafts, the arrival of the railway and coal mining. There are plent…
Notable Building in Cheltenham

Pittville Pump Room

Built in 1830 as the centrepiece to a large housing subdivision, the Pittville Pump Room is Cheltenham’s finest Regency building, modelled on an ancient Athenian temple. Admire the beautiful pillared exterior, wande…
Forest in Forest of Dean

Puzzlewood

A pre-Roman open-cast ore mine, overgrown with eerie moss-covered trees, Puzzlewood is a 14-acre woodland web of paths, weird rock formations, tangled vines, rickety bridges, 200 uneven steps and dark passageways se…
Castle in Forest of Dean

Goodrich Castle

Seemingly part of its craggy red bedrock, Goodrich is a dramatic, partly ruined castle topped by a 12th-century keep that opens up spectacular countryside views. An audioguide tells the castle’s story from its origi…
Village in Forest of Dean

Symonds Yat

Right on the northwest edge of the Forest of Dean, squeezed between the River Wye and the towering limestone outcrop known as Symonds Yat Rock, Symonds Yat is a tiny, endearing tangle of pubs, guesthouses and campsi…