Gloucestershire Tourist and Travel Information Guide
Gloucestershire splits into three areas, major part of the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale with a total population of 565,000.
Gloucestershire lies on the northern edge of the South-West of England, famous for the many beautiful Cotswold towns and villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tewkesbury, and The Slaughters. Filled with outstanding picturesque views across the River Severn and simply amazing scenic Countryside settings.
Gloucestershire has so much to offer and just some of its nearby attractions include the 840 year old 'Berkley Castle', the Ruins of 'Witcombe Roman Villa' and 'Tewkesbury Abbey' which is over 500 years old and has the tallest Norman tower in England.
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Map of the County of Gloucestershire
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Getting to Gloucestershire
The easiest airport for travelling to Gloucestershire & the Cotswolds is Birmingham, a 1 hour drive away. Of the two London airports the region is best accessed from Heathrow. The 65 mile drive should not take more than 90 minutes. Gatwick airport is 2 hours drive away.
The M4 and M40 provide easy access to Gloucestershire & the Cotswolds from London and the South East. The M5 is a direct link to Birmingham, England's North Country and the Counties of Devon and Cornwall.
Another way to explore Gloucestershire is by car, there are many car rental companies to choose from to give you the freedom to explore at your own pace.
The National Express network runs bus travel throughout England. It offers a rage of discount fares and trail passes. The main route to Gloucestershire & the Cotswolds from London starts at Victoria Coach Station. The main bus stations in Gloucestershire & the Cotswolds are at Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud.
Gloucestershire & the Cotswolds are at the heart of the British Rail network with main line routes to London, the Midlands and the North and the South West of England. There is a direct link from Heathrow Airport. Trains from London depart from Paddington Station and have a fastest journey time of 1hr 40 minutes to Gloucester and 2 hours to Cheltenham. There is a direct link from Birmingham Airport with a fastest journey time of 1hr 15 minutes to Cheltenham and 1 hr 30 minutes to Gloucester.
In Gloucestershire & The Cotswolds there are main line railway stations at Cam and Dursley, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester), Moreton-in-Marsh, Stonehouse and Stroud. Visitors including the county as part of a rail based holiday are recommended to plan accommodation within easy reach of these stations.