Flights to Gloucester
The ancient city of Gloucester is situated in the south west of England near to the border with Wales. Gloucester is a popular destination with tourists who enjoy historical architecture and major sights include Gloucester Cathedral, churches and pretty streets.
The nearest airport for major international flights to Gloucester is London’s Heathrow Airport (airport code: LHR). Frequent buses and rail service make it fairly easy to travel between Gloucester and London. By road, it is less than 2 hours. To Heathrow, you can fly non-stop from South Africa with BMI, British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. For flights with connections, you can book with Egyptair and travel through Cairo, or stop in Zurich with SwissAir. South African Airways also connects in Cairo. You could also consider a flight to Gloucester via Bristol, first transferring in London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Gloucester:
Founded in the year AD48 by the Romans, Gloucester was originally named Glevum. A few signs of this original settlement still exist here today though much of Gloucester dates from medieval and tudor times so there are numerous buildings from this period to see too.
Gloucester Cathedral is the best known and most striking of Gloucester’s attractions. If you enjoy the Harry Potter movies you may recognise some parts of the cathedral that were used in three of the films; The Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Half-Blood Prince. Gloucester Cathedral was built between 1089 and 1499.
Other Landmarks in Gloucester
As well as the historic cathedral Gloucester does have several other landmark buildings dating from different periods in the city’s history. One of the best remaining buildings from the Tudor period is the New Inn. Situated on Northgate Street this timber house was built in 1450 to serve pilgrims who travelled to Gloucester to visit King Edward II’s shrine which is to be found inside Gloucester Cathedral.
Gloucester is home to the furthest inland port in the UK so the docks have been a major part of the city for many centuries. The historic docks that were built in the 18th century have now become a popular tourist attraction and feature a range of things to see and do including museums, shops, pubs and restaurants.
In a village outside of Gloucester, called Cranham, is Prinknash Abbey. This historic abbey is home to a monastery and birdpark as well as a replica of a Roman mosaic that was found in nearby Woodchester. The original mosaic has been uncovered several times for viewing by the public but because of the huge interest it was decided that it would not be uncovered again. Two local builders thought this was terrible and set about creating a replica of the mosaic that you can see here.
When Should You Visit?:
Gloucester has an oceanic climate and remains mild throughout the year. Summers are the best time to visit as temperatures are warm and levels of rainfall are a little lower than the rest of the year. The average high in July and August is a comfortable 23C. Winters are wet and mild with an average high of 7C in December, the coolest month.