Gloucester Cathedral
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Gloucester

England

In west England near the Welsh border lies Gloucester, a cathedral city on the River Severn with a history dating back to Roman times. First founded in AD 97, Gloucester is on the country's most inland port. Visit the Victorian-era Gloucester Docks for a taste of the city's seafaring culture. Charles Dickens himself described the Docks' bustling atmosphere and towering warehouses as 'extraordinary'. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time when you visit to this area, with new bars and restaurants sitting alongside traditional ships and old warehouses.

Of course, no trip to Gloucester is complete without a visit to the impressive Gloucester Cathedral. Not only has the Cathedral been a place of worship for more than 1,000 years, but it was also the filming location for Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Have a wander inside this incredible building and marvel at the soaring stained glass windows and intricately detailed vaulting.

For something a bit more modern, spend an afternoon at the super popular Jet Age Museum. Top-notch exhibitions here will teach you all about Gloucester's prominence in the aviation and aerospace industries. If you have kids in tow, make sure you take them to the cockpits so they can sit inside and play at being pilots themselves!