Gloucester Travel Guide
The magnificent Cathedral was started in 1089 on the site of a 7th century Abbey. Although consecrated in 1100 the Cathedral was not completed as it stands today until about 1460.King Henry III was crowned in the Cathedral in1216, whilst presumably in less celebratory mood King Edward II, murdered in nearby Berkeley Castle was buried there in 1327.
Much of Gloucesterís post Roman prosperity focused on the growing importance of the town as a port on Britainís longest river, the Severn. The present Docks have been in use since the end of the 14th century until the advent of road transport forced the docks demise and subsequent closure during the latter part of the last century.
In recent years however the Docks have been reborn and can look forward, hopefully to several hundred further years of success. Now the home of the National Waterways Museum and Robert Opieís fascinating Advertising Museum, the Docks also has many waterside cafes, shops and restaurants. Gloucester Antiques Centre sits adjacent to the Docks in a large imposing former warehouse with several floors of equally imposing antiques and memorabilia.
Todayís Gloucester is a bustling County Town with a lively shopping centre and one of the largest covered markets in the west of England. Nightlife is also fairly lively with several popular nightclubs and what appears to more than any towns fair share of Pubs.
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