Gloucester is the county capital of Gloucestershire in the west of England, near the Cotswolds rural area.
The city is known for its 11th-century Gloucester Cathedral, which has Romanesque and Gothic architecture, plus the tomb of King Edward II.
Within walking distance of the Cathedral are Gloucester Docks, with restored Victorian warehouses, a dry dock and the Mariners Chapel.
In addition, The National Waterways Museum celebrates the city’s industrial past with canal boats and interactive displays.
Cheltenham is an elegant county town in Gloucestershire, home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, 4 days of horse jump racing culminating in the Gold Cup, held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse.
It's also known for Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Rooms, a remnant of Cheltenham’s past as a spa town.
There's fine art at The Wilson Museum, and the Victorian Everyman Theatre has an ornate auditorium.
OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS NEAR 'LONGMYND'
With magical woodland, fascinating attractions and a whole host of foodie highlights, the nearby Royal Forest of Dean is brimming with amazing places that are a definite must-visit!
Dean Heritage Centre
Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire’s leading family attractions. There are a wide range of things to explore and discover, with five on-site inter-active galleries, including a Victorian cottage, a Charcoal Burners Camp, a Waterwheel, a Beam Engine and much more! The centre also hosts special events, exhibitions and educational workshops throughout the year.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo
Visitors can head inside the tropical biome at Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo in Symonds Yat for the fascinating chance to be immersed in the world of these beautiful creatures.
Expect to see a variety of butterflies fluttering around and maybe even catch a glimpse of a chrysalis transforming into a butterfly right in front of your eyes.
The perfect place to start the famous Sculpture Trail, Beechenhurst has a great café for a much-need pit stop as well as an impressive play area for kids.
Delve into the magical forest for a beautiful walk anytime of the year.
Severn & Wye Smokery
For fans of food, a visit to Severn & Wye Smokery in Chaxhill is a must.
Featuring a seriously tasty array of artisan treats in the deli and gift shop, Severn & Wye Smokery also has an onsite restaurant serving exquisite fish and seafood.
Big and little daredevils can test their nerve and take on the heights of the tree top adventure at Go Ape!
Set amongst a canopy of trees at Mallards Pike Lake, the activity centre also offers a novel Segway experience, which is great for taking in the views and enjoying some family fun.
Harts Barn Cookery School
Another highlight for budding Nigellas in the Forest of Dean is Harts Barn Cookery School, where visitors of all ages can attempt to become culinary geniuses during a hands-on cookery class.
There are dedicated activities just for children, and supper clubs too.
For a free day out, head up to the top of Symonds Yat Rock to soak up the panoramic views of the valley and River Wye below.
What’s more, there’s the chance to spot the peregrine falcons who nest nearby, and you can also grab a bite to eat at the café hut too.
Explore some of the UK’s oldest underground mine workings at the fascinating Clearwell Caves. The natural caverns are a spectacular must-see, steeped in history. The caves were also once home to some incredible creatures as well as being mines!
Beer lovers can taste a locally-produced craft ale or two on one of Hillside Brewery’s tours in Longhope. There’s also the chance to conjure up your own concoction under the expert eye of the master brewer.
What’s more, get a gang together and take on the thrilling zorb football and archery tag in one of the group activity sessions.
A setting for scores of films including a major Star Wars production, explore the enchanted woodland and twisting tree trunks at Puzzlewood in Coleford.
Visitors can look out for tiny beasts while they walk through the whimsical woods and kids can try out the racing track and outdoor playground.
Dean Forest Railway
Running through rolling countryside and beautiful woodland, Dean Forest Railway begins in Lydney and includes five stations along the way, finishing up at the Severn Estuary.
Make the journey even more memorable with a delicious cream tea when you’re on board.
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