Suggested places to visit and see within a short distance of Tony's BnB
The Gloucester Tourist Information Centre is located at 28 Southgate Street
Water-based Locations / Activities
Gloucester Quays: A little over four-miles walk or cycle along the canal bank, or 15-minutes by number 12 bus. Bus stop just three-minutes walk from the house. Daytime buses run every ten-minutes on Mondays to Fridays, 12-minutes on Saturdays, and every 30-minutes on Sundays.
Saul Junction: Visitor Centre on the canal bank where you can purchase drinks, books, maps, walking guides, canalware and gifts, with car parks, toilets, picnic area, and Stables Cafe that serves a variety of food and drinks. GL2 7LA, 07854 026504 (Visitor's Centre).
Endeavour at Saul: 25-minute narrowboat trips from April to September, 12-noon to 4.30pm - no need to book, just turn up on the hour or half past. GL2 7LA, 07960 821642.
River Severn Bore: Located within a mile from CanalViewBnB, the Severn produces the second highest bore in the world after Canada, rising to over 10m at Sharpness, and racing along at 8-13-miles per hour from Awre to reach Gloucester 21-miles away, then continuing at times to Tewksbury and Worcester. See Severn bore page for photograhs.
Perseverance at Ebley: 25-minute narrowboat trips on the newly restored Stroudwater canal. Trips from April to September, 12-noon to 4.30pm - no need to book, just turn up on the hour or half past. GL2 7LA, 07960 821642.
Gloucester Narrowboat Day Hire: Two boats are offered for day hire (9.00am-5.00pm) between March and October, the 'Otter' and the 'Badger.' Both suitale for up to ten people, and can be seen most days passing the house. www.GloucesterNarrowboats.co.uk.
King Arthur: This is a large crusier licenced for 80-plus people for either private hire, or fixed scheduled trips, including: Jazz cruise, Sunset supper cruise, Cream tea cruise, Tewkesbury cruise, Tea and cake cruise, Saul Junction cream tea cruise, Disco cruise, Canal lunch cruise, Purton/Sharpness cruise, Christmas lunch cruise and Santa cruise. To book, visit or call into the Natonal Waterways Museum in the Gloucester Quays. 01452 318200/318201
Queen Boadicea 11: This boat will take you on a 45-minute trip along the Gloucester-Sharpness canal at 1.30pm every weekeend from April to October, and every day during the school holidays. Daily canal cruises depart from the museum quayside. Ticket for this trip do not hve to be purchsed in advance.
Walk or Cycle the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal: The G-S canal is 16-miles long, roughly 12-miles into Sharpness and 4-miles into Gloucester from Sellars Bridge. The Sellars Bridge to Gloucester route is best, being level and more interesting with a Sainsburys coffee shop over-looking the canal just before Gloucester Quays. The Sellars Bridge to Sharpness route can be a bit rough/rutted in places. but with better and more rural senery. Saul Junction is about 6-miles from Sellars Bridge, and well worth visiting - see above. For those making it into Sharpness, then stopping to look at the sunken barges is worth while. Cycles can be hired at Patch Bridge, Slimbridge, where there is also a coffee shop.
Waterside Walks: Apart from the G-S canalside walk, there are a number of others given out by the Gloucester City Council that weave in and around the canal. Namely, Orange route (2.75m/4.4kl), Green route (1.5m/2.4km), Yellow route (5.5m/8.9), and Purple route (2m/3.2km). All are between Rea Bridge and Gloucester Quays.
Newent Loop: This is a 28-mile long route, but with the option of a shortcut at Redmarley D'Abitot, reducng it to 19-miles. The route and map has been prepared by the Newent Cycling Group.
Historic Venues to Visit in Gloucester Centre
Gloucester Cathedral: Located in College Green off Westgate Street (GL1 2LX), it's open every day to view the magnificent architecture and stained glass windows, royal tombs and medieval marvels going back 1,000-years.
Museum of Gloucester: This museum tells the story of Gloucester through the ages, from prehistoric dinosaur fossils, to Roman artefacts and through the medieval streets to the present day. All housed within a magnificent Georgian building in the heart of the city.
Gloucester Life Museum: Experience what life was like for the people of Gloucester from Tudor times to the present day. The museum is housed within a grand Tudor building and is set across three floors.
The National Waterways Museum: This museum reopened in the summer of 2016 following refurbishment with a 1m award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Visitors can learn about the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, the Quays and warehouses.
Chedworth Roman Villa: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chedworth, GL54 3LJ.
Berkeley Castle and Butterfly House: www.berkeley-castle.com, GL13 9PJ
Magical Places to Visit
Slimbridge Wetlands Centre: A 'must visit' place for all those who appreciate conservation of species, in this case, birds.
Puzzlewood: Located in the Forest of Dean, it's a brilliant place for adults and children with its maze of paths, eerie passageways though moss-covered rocks, hidden dead ends, weird rock formations, tangled vines and gorgeous untamed scenery. Puzzlewood has been used as the location of many films and TV programmes, including The Hobit, Star Wars, Atlantis, The Huntsman, DaVinci's Demons, Tree Fu Tom, Lord of the Rings, Merlin, Dr Who, Jack the Giant Slayer, Wizards vs Alians and many others. www.puzzlewood.net, GL16 8QB
The Cotswolds: From Bourton on-the-Water, to Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-March, Chipping Campden, Booadway and Winchcome, and all the small villages in between, all are on the doorstep of Tony's BnB, where on return you can chill-out at the Captain's Table overlooking the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, and watch the sun go down.