Gloucestershire [ glɒstəʃər ] is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the territory of the Cotswolds, part of the flat, but fertile valley on the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean.

The administrative seat of the county is Gloucester. Other major cities include Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester and Tewkesbury. Today's Gloucestershire borders of Monmouthshire in Wales and in England Herefordshire, South Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Borough of Swindon, Warwickshire and Wiltshire. Be common is the abbreviation " Glos. ", Also commonly (but incorrectly ) used " Gloucs. " Or " Glouc. ".

Formerly belonged to Gloucestershire, the city of Bristol, but since 1373 the city will no longer be included in the territory of the county. The area of South Gloucestershire is now an independent unitary authority, while in ceremonial ways, they (ie lehnverfassungsrechtlich ) still associated with prior Gloucestershire.

Other cities and towns in the county


  • The cathedrals of Gloucester and Bristol
  • The abbey church of Tewkesbury, and the church of Cirencester
  • Monastery ruins Hayles near Winchcomb
  • Churches, some of which date from vornormannischer time: Deerhurst near Tewkesbury, and Cleeve near Cheltenham
  • Belas Knap, Hazleton North, Long Barrow Uley Long Barrow of Nympsfield and are megalithic type Cotswold -Severn tomb

A regular entertainment event at Cooper's Hill in Brockworth is the four-day cheese race.