A trip to the beautiful city of Gloucester is one of the more pleasant and low-key trips you can imagine. Gloucester days out can include travels around the area with Gloucester coach hire as well as strolls through town on foot in the shopping areas of this charming little city. If shopping is your passion then the specialist’s shops and boutiques at Mall Eastgate and King’s Walk near Eastgate Street offer lots of stalls and independent stands to browse through in search of that perfect gift or keepsake.
If touring and discovery are on your Gloucester itinerary, then the first place to stop will be at the National Waterways Museum. From here you will stroll the 7 acres of grounds devoted to the history of England’s canals and waterways. You will walk among some of the best preserved examples of Victorian era buildings and see locks and moorings that were in use up until the 1950’s. You can visit an historic boat collection that depicts the vessels used on the canals through the various stages of their history. A stop by the Blacksmith’s forge will give you a chance to visit with Alex Price who continues to blacksmith and make articles for sale with much of the original equipment. The Power Hall is another part of the exhibits that house many of the power units, both steam and oil-powered, that provided the power to move raw materials and goods up and down the canal steam routes. Volunteer staff are usually there to keep the engines in tip-top shape and also answer whatever questions the public has about these machines.