Work and life in Gloucester
Gloucester is the cathedral city of the Cotswolds in the south west of England. Each year, over 3.5 million people from home and abroad visit the city for leisure and business.
We’re located right in the heart of this, next to beautiful historical buildings like Gloucester Cathedral and a mix of high street shops and independent boutiques.
Only a short walk away is the historic docks and home to Gloucester Quays, one the city’s newest developments. The Quays has a popular outlet shopping centre, cinema, a wide range of restaurants, and a great night life. It also hosts a number of events like the Victorian Christmas Market and the monthly Food and Craft Market.
In the city, you’ll also be at the heart of Premiership Rugby, as the Kingsholm Stadium – home of Gloucester Rugby ‘the Cherry and Whites’. If your taste for adventure is a little more obscure, you’re also in the home of cheese rolling and surfing the second biggest tidal range in the world – The Severn Bore!
Gloucester truly is a great place to live, work, study or visit with great facilities and so much going on.
Away from the city
Nearby Cheltenham is home to many festivals including horse racing , the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, and the world-renowned jazz, music, literature and science festivals. The town centre is well loved for its wide range of designer shops and restaurants, as well as its beautiful regency buildings and gardens.
Away from city life, you’re in one of the most picturesque areas of the UK, from rolling Cotswold hills to the ancient woodland of the Forest of Dean.
There are 51 Wildlife Trust Reserves in Gloucestershire, many linked by the 102 miles of ‘The Cotswold Way’ – a National Trail Route which takes you north to south through the county and onto Bath, across beautiful countryside, chocolate-box Cotswold villages and riverside rambles.
Gloucestershire offers something for everyone, from scenic rural areas to thriving towns and city life. Crime rates are low, the pace of life is not too frantic, and there are major cities within easy reach when you want them. With the M5 running through Gloucestershire and the M4 only 30 minutes away, you can enjoy the benefits of living in our county with easy links to Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff.
A great place for families
It’s certainly a great place to bring up a family too – the county has a wide range of highly rated schools (including 7 Grammar schools), with many rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.