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The Cotswolds, horse-racing, iconic cheeses and bucolic British landscapes – it’s got to be Gloucestershire

Nestled in the South West of England, this county has just one city, gorgeous Gloucester, famous for its impressive 11th century cathedral, Gloucester Quays and arts and culture. But when you think of Gloucestershire, you are likely to picture rolling green countryside and rich pastures dotted with farms, honey coloured villages and fine produce like its famous Gloucester Old Spot pigs and tasty local cheese. This rural idyll contains the Cotswolds as well as the Forest of Dean, and it makes the perfect spot for a relaxing – and active – retirement. It’s not surprising so many people are desperately seeking ‘retirement communities Gloucestershire’.

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Sudeley Castle , Cotswolds

So what are the top places to visit in Gloucestershire? There’s a lot to choose from. The pretty spa town of Cheltenham is a mecca for culture, offering the likes of the Everyman Theatre and Wilson art gallery and museum. It also has some of the best restaurants in Gloucestershire – the Michelin starred Le Champignon Sauvage is one of the best in the UK.

The historic Roman town of Cirencester is attractive to explore but also offers fantastic independent shopping. And, if you love history then you’ll be pleased to know there are 25 palaces and castles in Gloucestershire – Berkeley Castle and Sudeley Castle being amongst the best.

There are also plenty of free things to do in Gloucestershire, like exploring the beautiful Cotswolds. The stunning chocolate box villages include Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. Popular walks in Gloucestershire take in all or parts of the Cotswold Way or the trails in the tranquil Forest of Dean.

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