This could not be better positioned, to reach so many experiences, which make short breaks memorable. Within only five miles – there are excellent pubs / restaurants – one of the most beautiful cathedrals – excellent shopping in the dockland area, a ten screen cinema and many Forest of Dean attractions.
The Forest of Dean
Discover the perfect all year round, all weather holiday destination that is the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty bordering England and South Wales across the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.
Highnam Wood RSPB Reserve
This is a lovely remnant of ancient woodland, with a 12 km nature trail passing amongst a variety of trees. Visit in spring to hear a symphony of birdsong, especially the nightingales which breed here, and to see bluebells and primroses in beautiful bloom.
Gloucester Cathederal – 4 miles
Said to be the seventh most beautiful cathedral in Europe. An architectural wonder only 4 miles from the Pinetum Lodge, is a must when visiting Roman Gloucester (Glevum). The Cloisters which are sensational were chosen as a backdrop for some of Harry Potter filming. The large beautiful east window, removed and stored during World War 2 is now re-enstated for all to enjoy.
Gloucester Docks and Factory Outlets – 4 miles
One of Gloucesters main attractions has to be the renovated Dockland where not so long ago, main industries thrived. Now the British Waterways Museum – The Military Museum of the famous Gloucester’s and Gloucestershire’s Hussars take their place amongst a host of well known restaurants such as Zizzi, TGI Friday and Coal just to mention a few. A ten screen cinema is there and a large shopping mall. The former dock estate has become a popular free destination where visitors can enjoy old docks and a lock, a remarkably complete example of a Victorian port, many fine warehouses and other dock-related buildings put to new use. Ships once discharged their cargoes here and now an ever-changing variety of visiting narrow boats, smart motor cruisers and the occasional yacht or tall ship. The whole area is suitable for wheel-chairs.
International Centre for Birds of Prey – 8 miles
The International Centre for Birds of Prey is the oldest dedicated birds of prey centre in the world
Three Choirs Vineyard – 10 miles
Three Choirs Vineyard is one of England’s leading single estate vineyards and is now one of Gloucestershire’s main visitor attractions, offering a unique experience for both wine enthusiasts, and those just looking for a great day out.
Symonds Yat – 12 miles
The beautiful villages of Symonds Yat East and West, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire are two of the most well known in the Wye Valley The villages are a hive of activity and a popular spot for taking forest walks, canoeing, fishing, taking a cruise along the River Wye or enjoying a cream tea. There is a traditional rope ferry, which is moored at the Saracen’s Head Inn and crosses the river regularly, taking passengers between the two villages.