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Plan Your Visit to Gloucestershire

Plan Your Trip to Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire covers an area of approximately 1,220 square miles (3,150 square kilometres), so if you are visiting the county it is a good idea to plan your trip in advance. What's on your list of things to do in Gloucestershire? What attractions do you want to visit? What activities would you like to partake in? Are there specific events or festivals you wish to attend?

So, where do you start?

We have sections listing the the wonderful attractions in Gloucestershire. You can find out what’s on and choose your accommodation in Gloucestershire. This is a great start to planning your trip. We also have pages for many of the towns and villages in Gloucestershire, so you can find out about a specific location.

Once you have decided on your base and where you would like to go, you can then decide on what mode of transport you will take to get here. Will you be arriving by car? Or will you take the trans to one of the Gloucestershire railway stations? Many towns and even some villages have train stations, with many on the direct train line from London. Once you are in Gloucestershire bus services and coach trips are also a great way to get around. Or you can even get a guided tour of Gloucestershire from one of the many local guides.

Gloucestershire by Train

Travelling to Gloucestershire by Train

There are main line trains to the Gloucestershire from London, the Midlands and the North, and South West England. Gloucestershire main line railway stations are located at Cam and Dursley, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (close to Cirencester), Moreton-in-Marsh, Stonehouse, Stroud and Tewkesbury (Ashchurch).

Regular rail services to the area include:
London Paddington to Cheltenham via Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester.
London Paddington and Moreton in Marsh.
Cardiff and Cheltenham via Gloucester.
Birmingham and Bristol via Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Dursley.

Detailed rail information and prices can be obtained from National Rail, Great Western Railway or The Train Line.

Gloucestershire by Bus

Travelling to and around Gloucestershire by Bus

The main route to Gloucestershire from London starts at Victoria Coach Station and the main bus stations in Gloucestershire are at Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud. Gloucestershire is relatively easy to get around by bus with many towns and villages linked by local bus services.

Gloucestershire by Road

Getting to Gloucestershire by Road

Gloucestershire has excellent links to the M4 and M5 motorways which afford easy access to and from London, Birmingham and the national motorway network.

The city of Gloucester and Spa Town of Cheltenham lie at the heart of Gloucestershire, linked by the A40 and divided by the M5. The south west of England is connected by the M5, the north of England via the M5/M6 and M42, Wales to the West using the A40 and the M4 and London and the south-east using the A40 and the M4. The Fosse Way (A429) runs through the county north to south linking Cirencester, Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh.

To give an idea of the distances involved typical journey times to Gloucester by car would be 45 minutes to an hour from Bristol, an hour or so from Birmingham, 1 to 1.25 hours from Cardiff, 2 to 2.5 hours from London, and up to 3 hours from Manchester.

Car Hire in Gloucestershire

If you plan to travel to Gloucestershire by train or bus, you may choose to hire a car while you are in the County so that you can explore the area in your own time and to your own timetable. You can here hire a classic car and travel around the country lanes in style, stopping off at villages and towns along your route.

Please browse our website, and if you cannot find the information you need then please email us and we'll do what we can to help, or join our friendly Visit Gloucestershire Facebook Group where you can ask a question, view photos of the area and find out about local businesses, attractions and events.