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The East Gate & City Museum
Down at the bottom of Eastgate Street, past the
entrance to the Eastgate Shopping Centre (outside Boots), sits what looks like a large glass bunker of some sort - and popular meeting place. Peer inside and you will see what remains of the city's medieval (and originally Roman) Eastern Gateway. Detailed explanatory boards illustrate its history well and there is even an audio commentary available. In the summer months you can explore the excavations more closely, through a doorway just inside Queens Street. Continue down here and turn into
Brunswick Road to visit the City Museum (also including the Art Gallery). There is a small charge for entry, but this is well worth the sights to come. The museum is a good modern treasure house with several hands-on displays, ideal for kids. It houses a particularly good collection Roman exhibits from the city: notably its sculptures from Pagan shrines and a piece of Roman city wall still in situ! There are also Saxon finds, particularly the sculpted stones from St. Oswald's Priory and the most incredible ivory backgammon set found on the site of the Norman Castle.
Nearby are the ruins of Greyfriars; and the extensive remains of the Blackfriars' Church, converted into a Tudor mansion, are not far either; and of course there is lots more to see and do in Gloucester, but much more time would be needed. Instead, the Britannia Day Trip presses on to Tewkesbury.
Next Stop: Tewkesbury Medieval Town and Abbey
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