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Top Choice Cathedral in Gloucester

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester’s spectacular cathedral is among the first and finest examples of the English Perpendicular Gothic style. Benedictine monks built a Norman church here in the 12th century, on the site of a Saxon abbey. Af…
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 signs). There are three flyings per day (11.30am, 2pm and 4.15pm in summer; 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30…
Top Choice French in Cheltenham

Le Champignon Sauvage

For over 30 years, chef David Everitt-Matthias has been thrilling visitors and locals alike in this two-Michelin-starred Cheltenham favourite. Imaginative flavour combinations in his finely executed dishes include t…
Top Choice Modern British in Forest of Dean

Saracens Head Inn

This welcoming riverside gastropub, right beside the ferry crossing, ticks all the right boxes with its creative Modern British dishes, bursting with local ingredients. Menus range from garlic-grilled chicken, brioc…
Castle in Berkeley

Berkeley Castle

This superb red-stone castle has been home to the Berkeleys for nearly 900 years, and little has changed since it was built as a sturdy Norman fortress. Edward II was imprisoned here in 1327 and swiftly died, probab…
Nature Reserve in Berkeley

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

A pioneer in wetlands conservation, this 325-hectare reserve, beside the River Severn 5 miles northeast of Berkeley, is a haven for migratory and resident birds. Hides are scattered throughout, and an observation to…
Indian in Cheltenham

Prithvi

Prithvi's top-notch service and minimal monochrome style perfectly match its elegant, immaculate modern cuisine. While rooted in Indian traditions – venison haleem with split peas, say – the menu extends to include …
Cafe in Cheltenham

Boston Tea Party

A spacious, friendly, vintage-chic cafe, where relaxed decor – all blue faux-leather booths and rough wood tables, fresh flowers and colourful cans – makes the perfect setting for a contemporary British-internationa…
Brasserie in Cheltenham

Daffodil

This breathtaking brasserie conjures its retro setting, in a 1920s cinema, into fabulous art-deco glamour, with a delightful daffodil theme from its tiled floor to the plaster cornicing. Charcoal-grilled offerings r…
Music in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cheltenham’s prestigious jazz festival, held for six days over the May Day Bank Holiday, has traditionally featured the likes of Stephane Grappelli, Van Morrison and Ornette Coleman as well as newcomers. Around 50 p…