Living in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is a rural county found in south-west England, close to the Welsh border and in the heart of the West Country.

It is renowned for the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and the magnificent Forest of Dean, which are two of the most popular visitor destinations in the country. The county’s primary settlements include the city of Gloucester, which also acts as the county town, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.

Life in Gloucestershire is quiet and peaceful, making it a hugely popular area with families who wish to bring up children in idyllic surroundings. However, it retains good links to several large towns and cities – such as Bristol, Swindon, Oxford and Birmingham, so commuters also find it is a good place to base themselves.

The history of the county dates back to at least the tenth century, when it was mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. In those days, the rural communities often moved to the port city of Bristol, before Bristol became a count in its own right in 1373.

A good selection of high-performing schools and colleges is available throughout Gloucestershire, while there are also two universities in the region. These are the University of Gloucestershire and the Royal Agricultural University.

The cost of housing – in both the rental and buying markets – is still reasonable and Britons should be able to secure great value no matter where they choose to live. Gloucestershire is home to several royal residences, including the splendid Highgrove House.

One of the undoubted highlights of living in Gloucestershire is the annual cheese rolling event that takes place at Cooper’s Hill. This is one of the most remarkable and cherished special occasions in the UK.

In addition to the beautiful rural settings in the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds, some of the most popular tourist attractions in the county include Gloucester Cathedral, Hailes Abbey, Tewkesbury Abbey and the incredibly scenic Gloucester to Newport railway.

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