Located on the banks of the River Severn, Gloucester has been inhabited since Roman times and is rich with history and culture. Set in an area with a rural English feel, Gloucester has the benefits of being a modern city, while also being home to many historical buildings, as well as stunning scenery only a short drive away in your rental car. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Gloucester is both easy and economical.
For a great introduction to Gloucester and its origins, park your hire car in the city centre, and visit the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery. Here you can learn about the history of the area from prehistoric times through to modern day, with many interesting exhibits to see. To see some of the magnificent architecture for which the city is famous, jump in your rental car and drive a little north, to visit Gloucester Cathedral, a grand medieval building in amazing condition. Built over hundreds of years, the cathedral was completed in the 15th century, and you may, in fact, recognize it from the series of Harry Potter films, making it one of the few pieces of architecture that children will be interested in also.
Being set in scenic rural England, there are great scenic drives found in many directions. For a great day trip, drive south-west from Gloucester in your hire car, along the river and visit Berkeley, a small town also on the banks of the River Severn. Here you will find Berkeley Castle, a superbly preserved residence, which is over 850 years old, definitely worth a visit.
For a day enjoying the natural surroundings in the area, jump in your rental car and head west across the river. Only a short scenic drive from Gloucester is the Royal Forest of Dean, the first National Park established in England. Once an exclusive hunting ground for kings and nobles, the area today is one of the few surviving ancient forests in the United Kingdom. Home to a wide range of unique plants and animals, the forest is so picturesque and scenic it has in the past been the inspiration for many artists, poets and writers.
With such amazing sights to be found in the area, what better way to spend your holiday than by exploring the stunning surroundings with the freedom and comfort that come with your rental car.
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