Our easy guide to living in Gloucester

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Gloucestershire is a county in South west England. With a population of 633,558, it’s comprising of the Cotswold Hills, part of the valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean. It has previously been rated one of the best places to live – partly because of its stunning scenery but also because it’s known as one of the safest areas, according to the latest official crime figures.

Best places to live in the area

If you’re looking to purchase a property in Gloucester, on average, it costs around £248,804. We know moving to a new area can be daunting, so we have researched some of the best places within the area to live. All financial research was carried out using Rightmove:

Stroud: First on our list, is Stroud. This town was praised for its schools, transport links, green space, and community spirit. It has also topped the Sunday Times list of 78 best locations across the country as a result, it is considered slightly more expensive, with an average house price of £334,489. As you walk around the steep streets of Stroud, you will have close access to the local market, supermarkets, train station, hospital and lots more.

Quedgeley: Secondly is Quedgeley, an area popular with commuters. It is well connected with road access and a bus service. There are many helpful facilities in the area including a library, post office and shopping centre. Also, within close distance you will find several parks and nature reserves, perfect for walking your pets or just getting fresh air. You will also see many supermarkets situated around the area as well as independent businesses such as beauticians, bakeries and the occasional pub and restaurant. Properties in Quedgeley had an overall average price of £227,717, according to Rightmove.

Tuffley: Another fantastic area is Tuffley – which contains stunning green spaces and views, as well as lots of amenities. There is a range of schools around the area, including Crypt boy’s grammar School, which was rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. The area has easy access to Gloucester Quay, with regular bus services linking Gloucester. Properties in Tuffley had an overall average price of £218,998. With most of those sales being semi-detached properties.

Hucclecote: Finally, Hucclecote, a small village in Gloucester. If you are one for community spirit, Hucclecote is for you – as it has many locally owned businesses. Within the area you will also find helpful facilities such as day nurseries, supermarkets, business hotels and moving along Hucclecote road you will find the rugby club and several green spaces. The average property price in Hucclecote is slightly above the national average at £323,809 – property here is fairly sought after here.

Transportation

Gloucester is situated just a few minutes’ drive west of the M5 so is easily accessible by car, bus, or coach. The city also has regular services to and from London, Birmingham and Bristol via National Express Coaches and National Rail.

Gloucester Train Station is also located just a 5 – 10 minute walk away from the city centre and provides transport links in and around the whole area.

Things to do and places of interest

Gloucester is highly known and praised for its scenic views and attractions. Here are a few we think are worth knowing about which would make living in the area even more exciting:

People in canoes on a river

Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre

A 45-minute drive from Gloucestershire can get you to Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre is a great place for an exciting day out for the family. The canoe trips are a great way to enjoy the stunning scenery along the river Wye, including castles and ancient buildings. There is also plenty of wildlife to spot along the way. The centre also offers several exciting activities from Caving, a tree top adventure, abseiling, raft building and archery. It truly is an exciting day out, close to home.

Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park

Just a half hour drive from the city centre, this farm park offers animal encounters with guinea pigs, rabbits, deer, and ducks. In the spring visitors can bottle feed the lambs and calves! Along with animals you can also have a picnic or barbecue in the designated areas and let your children play in the activity centre or experience the boating lake – a great family activity.

Westonbirt Arboretum

For a more relaxing day out, head to Westonbirt Arboretum, a 45-minute drive from home. This attraction offers beautiful trees and botanicals which you can explore on the ground or view from above on their treetop walkway. This is a great day out no matter what the season but even more stunning in autumn – or visit at Christmas time to experience an impressive light show!

Gloucester is packed with many more day-to-day activities, from woodlands and parks, cinemas, bowling, leisure centres and so much more; you will never be short of things to do living in the area!

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