About Gloucestershire

Home to the Cheltenham Racecourse and Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucestershire has a strong sporting heritage. There is an exciting range of activities on offer in the area, including water sports, hiking, mountain biking and paintball. For those students interested in outdoor events and festivals, Gloucestershire has up to 45 different festivals each year, most of which take place during the summer.


Gloucester is the capital of its county of Gloucestershire in the South West region of England, close to the Welsh border, on the shores of the River Severn, approximately 50 kms away from Bristol, 70 kms from Birmingham and a two hour and a half drive from London. A cathedral city, built on a flat spot of land, Gloucester is situated on the River Severn and on the Bristol and Birmingham Railway. Its impressive cathedral was built in the 17th century and is frequently used as a filming location alongside other monuments of unique architecture in the city.


The city of Gloucester is surrounded by the Cotswolds which is renown for being one of the most beautiful areas of England, known and loved by people across the world. It is the largest of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain: an area of warmth and clarity with stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, and captivating villages, making it an unforgettable, quintessentially English landscape.