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Gloucester Docks

Once a thriving maritime port, this urban redevelopment is now a buzzing district of fashion outlets, riverside restaurants, museums and a working boatyard.

Gloucester Docks is a stylish commercial and residential waterfront district with many things to do. Attend maritime festivals, visit ancient ruins and shop at antique stores, boutiques and well-known retailers. Gloucester Docks was once Britain’s most inland port and traded in everything from fruit and grain to timber, wine and wool. Today, the Victorian merchant warehouses have been converted into a contemporary space that mixes tourism with maritime heritage.

The docks spread around the northern terminus of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. Stroll along the waterfront, admire the restored merchant houses and imagine a time when the area was alive with trading activity. On the west side of the canal, watch shipwrights restore vessels at a working boatyard. Visit the ruins of the almost 900-year-old Llanthony Secunda Priory and join the monthly tasting tour of a microbrewery.

On the canal’s east side, spot long boats and small yachts in the historic Victoria Dock and then peek inside the 19th-century Mariners Church. Enjoy views of the canal, quays and warehouses from the patios of the waterside cafés, pubs and restaurants. Shop for collectable items at the Gloucester Quays Antiques Centre. Learn about local military history at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

Enjoy some shopping at the Gloucester Quays shopping village. Find bookstores, luxury brands and popular clothing outlets as well as coffee shops, fast-food chains and a cinema.

Time your visit to coincide with annual events. Step aboard tall ships, meet actors dressed as pirates and listen to live music at May’s Gloucester Tall Ships Festival. The docks host more concerts during the Gloucester Shanty Festival, also held in May. Browse artisanal food and craft stands during November’s Victorian Christmas Market.

The docks area is a 15-minute walk from Gloucester’s city center and a 10-minute drive from the city’s train station. Pay to park in lots located throughout the district and at the shopping village.

The opening times of Gloucester Docks’ various attractions vary.


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Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked $31
Reviewed on May 6, 2019
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Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked

Central Hotel Gloucester by Roomsbooked

14-18 Clarence Street, Gloucester, England
     
    4.5 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Microwave & fridge at the property... view however was appalling

    The New County Hotel $31
    Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019
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    The New County Hotel

    The New County Hotel

    44 Southgate Street, Gloucester, England
       
      3.9 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      The beds and pillows were perfect. Room was spacious and clean. George on Reception was very friendly and helpful.

      The Lock House
      The Lock House

      The Lock House

      Lock House Severn Road, Gloucester, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays. Gloucester Cathedral is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. Gloucester Station is 18 minutes by foot.

        The New Inn Hotel $63
        Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
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        The New Inn Hotel

        The New Inn Hotel

        16 Northgate Street, Gloucester, England
           
          3.7 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Lovely and historic old building. However the outside stone steps up to the accommodation were a bit off-putting and would make the hotel unsuitable for people who could not cope with stairs. The plumbing was a bit erratic. But the room was very clean and the staff very welcoming and obliging.

          Parliament
          Reviewed on Nov 18, 2018
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          Parliament

          Parliament

          43 Parliament street , Gloucester, England
             
            4.5 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Convenient and quiet location; smart house/apartment with plenty of space and very clean. Coffee/tea was provided but not breakfast as stated on Expedia listing of property. However, there was a good cafe almost opposite. We would use this property again if we are in the area.

            The New County Hotel by Roomsbooked
            Reviewed on Jul 18, 2015
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            The New County Hotel by Roomsbooked

            The New County Hotel by Roomsbooked

            44 Southgate Street, Gloucester, England
               
              3.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              We stayed in room 20 and it was just above the function room, it was very noisy until 12'oclock the whole room vibrating. We went for a quiet break with our 6 year old son, but we wasn't informed about the function till we could here it blurring on the way to bed around 8'oclock. We then had to endure ...

              ibis Gloucester $34
              Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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              ibis Gloucester

              ibis Gloucester

              Sawmills End, Corinium Ave A417, Gloucester, England
                 
                4.2 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Very basic You get what you pay for £39, a good shower, dark room and comply bed.

                City Lodge Guest House $52
                Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
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                City Lodge Guest House

                City Lodge Guest House

                72 Weston Road, Gloucester, England
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Like : fair price for basic accommodation, powerful shower Dislike: thin walls, loose tap, blocked shower drain.