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Very Pleasant Town.
Gloucester in General
Member Name: daseaford
Gloucester in General
Date: 27/06/01, updated on 30/01/02 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Very relaxed., Nice people., Plenty to do.
Our weekend stay in Gloucester was the first time I have been to this city and we were very pleasantly surprised.
The first impression on driving through the town was the amount of space everywhere. The roads are wide and the houses are set back from the roads to give a feeling of spaciousness. There was no traffic congestion and everywhere was well sign posted so it was easy for us to find our way around.
On the Friday night the city centre was alive with youngsters out enjoying themselves and it appeared that there were quite a few pubs and clubs for them to go to. We had no trouble finding a restaurant to eat at, in fact the biggest problem was making a choice of where to eat. There was a choice of Indian, Chinese, Thai, Greek, American, Italian and British.
On the Saturday we saw the great selection of shops in the town with a good selection of large chain stores and small independent shops. As well as a large pedestrianised area there are two indoor shopping centres, the Eastgate Shopping Centre and Kings Walk Shopping. Around the town there were also numerous unusual market stalls giving a festival feel to the whole town. Everywhere in the town centre is within walking distance and it is very pleasant to wander the great variety of shops.
On the Sunday we felt there was a more tourist feel to the town with most of the activity around the restored docks area and the Cathedral. Everybody seemed very relaxed and the whole pace of the town was very casual.
Throughout our stay we found that the city had very cleverly combined the history and traditions in the town with the advantages of modern facilities. This has obviously been done with a lot of thought and the blend of old and new is balanced really well.
We found the people of Gloucester were very polite and we felt the whole town had a very welcoming feel to it.
We know that there was a lot of the city that we did not see and I am sure that it will
not be long before we return to see some of the attractions that we missed out on this visit.