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Gloucester is located on the eastern bank of the River Severn some 114 miles from London and is the county town of Gloucestershire sheltered by the Cotswold’s in the east with the Forest of Dean and the Malvern Hills rising to the north and west it is a port and is linked to the Severn Estuary by the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal which runs from Gloucester's docks, The Canal allows much larger ships to reach the docks than would be possible on the River Severn due to the tide.

Gloucester was founded by the Romans as the municipality of Colonia Nervia Glevensium (Glevum) it was granted its first charter in 1155 by King Henry II giving the burgesses the same liberties as the citizens of London and Winchester, Subsequent charters were numerous and Gloucester developed into a Busy port with ships sailing up the River Severn from all over the known world.
The ports wharfs, warehouses and docks fell into disrepair but were renovated during the 1980s making it into a popular ‘open space’. Some of the warehouses now house the National Waterways Museum while others have been converted into residential apartments, shops, restaurants, bars and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is located in the Custom House. Interestingly the port still houses the most inland RNLI lifeboat in the UK.

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  • Pros:Lots to do and see
  • In a nutshell:A very under-rated city, that has loads to do and see
  • Intro Updated Feb 8, 2011
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