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Explore Gloucestershire

The Wharf House is conveniently situated within easy reach of an array of visitor attractions in Gloucester, the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds – making it an ideal launchpad from which to enjoy the local area. See some of our recommendations below, and visit the county’s online lifestyle magazine, www.soglos.com, for a full guide.

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal

Taking in 34 miles of canals and locks, H&G Canal proves a number of picturesque walking and cycling routes along what is a historically important local attraction – with The Wharf House providing the perfect starting point, as the very setting of the restored Over Canal Basin and a dedicated visitor centre.
| 0 miles away



Gloucester Docks

Gloucester Docks is a historically important inland port, today boasting a mixture of shops, museums and restaurants making it a popular attraction for visitors to Gloucester – while Gloucester Waterways Museum tells the fascinating story of Britain’s canals and rivers, making for a great day out.
| 1.4 miles, 5 minutes’ drive away



Gloucester Cathedral

Situated in Gloucester city centre and famously used as a film location for several of the Harry Potter movies, Gloucester Cathedral attracts visitors from around the world. Look out for the tomb of King Edward II and the Whispering Gallery.
www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk | 1.4 miles, 6 minutes’ drive away

Beatrix Potter Museum & Shop

The House of the Tailor of Gloucester is a charming museum and quaint shop located near Gloucester Cathedral, which inspired Beatrix Potter to write what she described as her ‘favourite book’. It makes for a lovely visit for fans of all ages.
| 1.4 miles, 6 minutes’ drive away



Gloucester Quays

Gloucester Quays is an outlet shopping centre adjacent to Gloucester Docks, offering a mix of high street and designer labels at up to 60% off recommended retail prices. Stores include M&S Outlet, Le Creuset, Osprey London, Gap Outlet and many more.
www.gloucesterquays.co.uk | 1.9 miles, 6 minutes’ drive away

Nature in Art

Nature in Art is dubbed the world’s first museum and art gallery dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature – housed in a fine Georgian mansion dating from the mid-1700s. Lookout for its special visiting exhibitions throughout the year.
www.nature-in-art.org.uk | 4.5 miles, 11 minutes’ drive away

Three Choirs Vineyard

Three Choirs Vineyard is ‘England’s leading and most awarded’ single estate vineyard, and now a popular local attraction offering a unique experience for both wine enthusiasts and those looking to do something a little different.
www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk | 9.5 miles, 18 minutes’ drive away

Dean Heritage Centre

The Dean Heritage Centre is a registered charity and community-founded venture dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean. There is a wide range of things to do and see for all ages.
www.deanheritagecentre.com | 14 miles, 25 minutes’ drive away

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge Wetland Centre is not only home to the world’s largest collection of swans, geese and ducks, but it is also the only place in the UK where you can see all six species of flamingo. Its’ 325 hectares of protected wetlands even play home to water voles, waders, hares and dragonflies.
www.wwt.org.uk/slimbridge | 14.4 miles, 30 minutes’ drive away

Sudeley Castle

Steeped in history, with royal connections spanning a thousand years, Sudeley Castle and Gardens in Winchcombe is one of Gloucestershire’s most popular attractions. The 14 acres of gardens are worth the visit alone, while special events such as Rose Week shouldn’t be missed.
www.sudeleycastle.co.uk | 16.8 miles, 34 minutes’ drive away

Dean Forest Railway


Dean Forest Railway is a popular, family-friendly heritage railway situated in the heart of the Forest of Dean, giving visitors of all ages the chance to experience the atmosphere of a country railway. Its Day Out With Thomas events are a real local highlight.
www.deanforestrailway.co.uk | 18.7 miles, 28 minutes’ drive away

Westonbirt – The National Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum is is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world, home to more than 3,000 varieties of trees and shrubs. It is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt | 23.5 miles, 45 minutes’ drive away

Local events

The Wharf House is a proud sponsor of SoGlos – Gloucestershire’s online lifestyle magazine. Browse the great choice of event listings via its Gloucestershire events calendar.