Gloucester Docks

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Gloucester Docks
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CockneyBrum
Worcestershire, UK2,753 contributions
We came for the 'Tall Ships' event. It was excellent, despite the usual farce of a council trying to sell tickets which didn't scan or arriving for a time period we'd booked but didn't exist when we arrived.

The 'Greyhound' boat was by far the best. It apparently featured in 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' and had several friendly pirates on board, who were brilliant with our children. It even fired a cannon ball every so often!

The Food Festival was really good too on the day we were there. We bought a lot of items for a fiver or less and they were delicious (the scones and scratchings in particular).

Parking can be pricey if you don't use a third party site like JustPark or YourParkingSpace.

Definitely worth doing if you are in the area and the Tall Ships event is on.
Written June 4, 2022
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braithwaite12
Northampton, UK904 contributions
A late June morning visit and the docks were still busy with loads of people enjoying their surroundings and the many cafes, shops and museums. Plenty of parking. A great place to visit if in the area. Watch the boats and the swing bridge if you are lucky.
Written July 20, 2021
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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,074 contributions
I was hugely impressed by Gloucester Docks. The recent work that has been done to revive this area is incredible. There are lots of useful information boards scattered around the docks to let you know the history of the area. And what a history! The docks were hugely important for nearly 200 years and have been revived by a big building programme and many leisure boats and cafes.
Written June 16, 2022
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK17,073 contributions
Visited the Gloucester Docks when stopping off in Gloucester to visit the amazing Cathedral. It was great to see all the old dock buildings and renovated warehouses being put to new uses to conserve their history and make this a special part of Gloucester. However I just felt it was a little lacking in excitement. There did not seem to be many people about, not much 'happening' and after a while walking around it all seemed a bit 'more of the same'. We were only here for a short while as we came to spend time at the Cathedral (see my other review) and I suppose what I am saying is that there wasn't enough going on here to make me want to stay longer. It was a fairly cold, damp Tuesday afternoon in November so maybe it was just the right place but wrong time. I can image that in the summer it would be buzzing with people out walking and enjoying dining at the various restaurants... On my visit though I just didn't feel the vibe. Like I said though nice old dock architecture all around.
Written November 26, 2021
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RossT1984
Braintree, UK363 contributions
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During our week in the Cotswolds we visited Gloucester for an afternoon and have the say the town centre is nothing special at all. The Docks area is nicer and pleasant to walk around, but that’s it. Perhaps if we had longer to explore and go in the museums we would have felt what other reviewers were feeling...
Written August 26, 2020
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Icklebunnykins
Gloucester, UK107 contributions
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This is purely about the outside market and not the Quays

The Quays have an event once a month where vendors come along and sel their wares. My husband had a samosa (£5 for 3) and they had mashed potato in them, no peas and a few spices, totally tasteless so I avoided that and went for a hog roast. I've seen more meat on a 4 year olds school dinner. When I sat down and took the top of the roll off, the pork didn't cover the entire roll and was ridiculously over cooked and it wasn't a large bap, it was a normal roll you'd buy from any supermarket so about 3" across, not huge. A major disappointment.

The Quays itself is clean, a shame Nike, Gap & other shops are gone and not being replaced as both of those were my go to shops.

I understand wanting to get trade in but it seems like your letting anyone in rather than quality and its showing.
Written May 8, 2022
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Sarah
Oxford, UK7 contributions
Almost technically impossible to avoid a fine at Quays Southgate car park. A warden patrols constantly and obviously gets a lot of business as the signage is impossible to interpret. I Arrived at 5 and as the sign said £1.40 until 6pm suggesting that is the end of the parking period - which is how literally every other sign would state end of charging hours. But no right down at the end of the sign is another evening charge of £1.50 which I would gladly have paid had it been obvious on payment. The machine prompted me to pay £1.40 so that's what I paid. Plus there are big signs around Gloucester promoting free car parking in the evening. the lack of clarity is highly ambiguous, unethical at best and most likely legally questionable.
I came away with a £40/80 fine plus an email with lost of images of my car taken without my permission leaving me with an unpleasant invasive feeling. I went out for a night at the cinema and didn't expect to be made to feel like a criminal and charged more than the cost of my evening. Visit Gloucester Quays again - I don't think so and I'll advise everyone else not to either.
Written January 25, 2020
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Brian M
107 contributions
Couples
After a stop over, we decided to visit the docks before leaving Gloucester. This is a great example of an urban regeneration with plenty to see and look at. Boats and canal barges of all different shapes, sizes and conditions were available to see, with some interesting museums to visit as well.
Written September 11, 2020
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Jacquelinelounoakes
Reading, UK6 contributions
Couples
Great shops at Gloucester Quays. Lots of coffee shops and eateries. In the evening the whole ambience changes and you would think you were somewhere continental as the Quay, restaurants and bars light up the sky and friends meet for good wine and great food.
Written May 31, 2021
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Jean S
Ashby de la Zouch, UK558 contributions
I last visited over 30 years ago and how things have changed. The antiques centre has gone as has the packaging museum, to be replaced by apartments, shops, cafes and restaurants. The location is still lovely and it all looks well cared for but it would be good to have a bit more information around the area about the historic significance of the docks. I don't like shopping so didn't go to the designer outlets but it was nice to see what has been done in the area.
Written September 20, 2020
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