Gloucester Docks
Gloucester Docks
4.5
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  • Janet C
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting docks area - give yourself a good hour or so
    A very pleasant hours walk around the docks. The planners have done an impressive job! Lots of sensitively preserved corn and timber warehouses into flats. Lovely mariners chapel. Old priory site and timbered farmhouse. Boats galore in various sizes and shapes. Backdrop of cathedral tower. Excellent pubs including Wetherspoons, and all types of restaurant. Premier inn is ideally situated amongst all this. Stroll each side of the canal from bridge to bridge or extend over to the river - an interesting walk.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Bertie1224
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,417 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge area
    The number of massive old warehouses here indicate the importance of this area in the past. It is a bit chilly on a winters day but nice for a stroll. There are some restaurants and the odd coffee shop dotted around. Worth a visit to just have a wander around. Some splendid Victorian engineering. The swing bridge is a good example.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 6, 2024
  • annan01
    Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit.
    Came here in February with my sister. The docks have been well renovated and it's an interesting place to walk round with shops/restaurants if you feel hungry or fancy a bit of retail therapy. It was fairly quiet being February but I'm sure it gets busy later in the year. Well worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 1, 2024
  • R+B
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lunch and shopping afternoon at Gloucester docks.
    Gloucester docks is a lovely place to spend a few hours. Complete with outlet shopping and a very good array of restaurants to enjoy lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and it’s great that the old warehouses are in good order and that the regeneration of the dock area really works in a positive way.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 6, 2024
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Sarah
Oxford, UK7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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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RossT1984
Braintree, UK394 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
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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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,825 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
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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Lai A
Leicester, UK23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Went to Gloucester when the Tall Ship Festival was on. This is a disappointing missed opportunity for Gloucester. Surely the aim of a festival like this is to encourage visitors to come to the city and enjoy the newly revamped dock. Instead they blocked off the entire area at the Dock, so it was a hassle if you want to walk from Gloucester Quay to the Food Dock without paying an extortionate entrance fee (£14 per person). Don’t get me wrong, I am more than happy to pay but the entry to the tall ships are all fully booked up. So, what are we paying full entry fees for if the star attractions were not available to visit? The live music and entertainment line up are not worth all that. We have seen many visitors turned away and they would have otherwise visited the businesses/eateries/food vendors within the blocked off areas. The space in front of the live performance stage was practically empty, so the vibes are off. You can see the performance through the railings without paying, so what’s the point? They should charge fees to visit the tall boats, go on boat trips and rides but charging to simply enter a site when it would normally be free to enter any other day is pure greed. What about those who are are on low income? If the festival intended to bring people together to Gloucester, it has ended up alienating them instead.
Written May 28, 2024
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Jean S
Ashby de la Zouch, UK546 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
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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Jacquelinelounoakes
Reading, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • 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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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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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Barabassy A
18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Gloucester was rated superb by nearly all online forums and traveling books. In fact it received the highest scores. However for us it was a major disappointment. There is a really nice church (this is true) and the docks are unusual and worth a glance, but otherwise it is an absolutely run down city and not at all worth a visit. We planed our visit as a day trip and were done in 2 hours including church, docks and the Main Street. Since we were not traveling by car, we had no chance to explore the Cotswold area as public transport there was hopelessly under organized. After waiting 1 hour for the bus to Painswick (which should be the prettiest village in the Cotswolds) we gave up the whole endeavor and escaped to Bristol.
Written August 21, 2022
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Icklebunnykins
Gloucester, UK118 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples


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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annan01
Burton upon Trent, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Came here in February with my sister. The docks have been well renovated and it's an interesting place to walk round with shops/restaurants if you feel hungry or fancy a bit of retail therapy. It was fairly quiet being February but I'm sure it gets busy later in the year. Well worth a visit.
Written April 1, 2024
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