G L O U C E S T E R S H I R E
Gloucester's pride is its cathedral, built by the Normans and elaborated upon, in the 14th century, with the addition of its fan-vaulted cloisters and magnificent east window and, in the 15th, with the addition of its tower and the Lady Chapel. It houses several Royal tombs including the superb monument to King Edward II. Sitting amongst the delightful old-world charm of the close, Gloucester Cathedral is considered among the most beautiful buildings in Britain. There are other fine churches dotted around the city, as well as old monastic ruins which, unlike the cathedral, did not survive the dissolution of the monasteries. Gloucester has a splendid pedestrianized centre with a vast array of modern shopping available amongst the tudor timber-framing which is still visible along most of the main streets. The place is particularly noted for its historic pubs and the fine food and drink which they serve. Those looking for history will not be disappointed by the city's eight museums, while both adults and children alike will marvel at Beatrix Potter's 'Tale of the Tailor of Gloucester' set out in the old man's original shop. Recent additions to the city's urban landscape have included a collection of municipal artwork, of both a practical and aesthetic nature.
Gloucester was awarded the "England for Excellence" Tourism Destination Award for the way it combines the appeal of its history, dating back to Roman times, and the modern city with its newly revitalised dock area. Gloucester docks were redeveloped for the first time more than a century ago when they were connected to the mouth of the River Severn by way of a canal. The project was completed in 1827 in an attempt to regain its status as a centre of commerce, after being eclipsed by Bristol during the Middle Ages. The scheme was highly successful until its eventual decline in the 1930s. Now this area, not far from the city centre, is a bustling hive of activity once more: a major focus for shopping, eating, museums and river trips. There is an emphasis on gift and 'speciality' shops and the huge antiques centre is especially popular. Special events are organized throughout the year.
Modern Gloucester has much to offer tourists and is an ideal centre from which to explore one of the most beautiful areas of Britain: the surrounding Cotswold Hills, the Royal Forest of Dean, the Severn Valley and many other local attractions.
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