Gloucester

city and county town of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Gloucester (pronounced [ˈglɒstə]) is a city and district in the English county of Gloucestershire. It is near the Welsh border on the River Severn.[1]

Gloucester
Gloucester and its cathedral
Gloucester and its cathedral
Coat of arms of Gloucester
Coat of arms
City of Gloucester shown within Gloucestershire
City of Gloucester shown within Gloucestershire
Coordinates: 51°51′52″N 02°14′40″W / 51.86444°N 2.24444°W / 51.86444; -2.24444Coordinates: 51°51′52″N 02°14′40″W / 51.86444°N 2.24444°W / 51.86444; -2.24444
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyGloucestershire
StatusNon-metropolitan district, city
Admin HQGloucester
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyGloucester City Council
 • LeadershipMayor & Cabinet ( )
 • MPsRichard Graham
Area
 • Total15.65 sq mi (40.54 km2)
Area rank289th (of 326)
Population
 (2005 est.)
 • Total128,500
 • Rank170th (of 326)
 • Density8,200/sq mi (3,200/km2)
 • Ethnicity
84.6% White British
4.6% White Other
4.8% Asian
2.9% Black or Black British
2.9% Mixed Race
0.3% Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Postcodes
Area code(s)01452
ONS code23UE (ONS)
E07000081 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSO832186
Websitewww.gloucester.gov.uk

CultureEdit

The annual Three Choirs Festival, which started in the eighteenth century and one of the oldest music festivals in Europe, takes place in Gloucester every third year. The other places the festival is held are Hereford and Worcester.

Some parts of the Harry Potter films were filmed at Gloucester cathedral.

Gloucester Rugby, founded in 1873, play here. The team plays in the Guinness Premiership, the top level of English rugby. Their homeground is Kingsholm.

TransportEdit

RoadEdit

The M5 motorway by-passes Gloucester.

The A38, A40, A417, A430, A4301, A4302, B4008, B4063, B4072 and B4073 roads pass through Gloucester.

RailEdit

Gloucester has a station in the middle of the city.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Visit the City of Gloucester". www.visitgloucester.co.uk.
  2. "National Rail Enquiries - Station facilities for Gloucester". www.nationalrail.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-02-27.