Campsites near Gloucester

This Cotswolds cathedral city sits amid forests, farmlands, and river valleys.

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Campsites near Gloucester guide

Overview

Gloucester’s mediaeval cathedral and lively docklands provide plenty of distractions for urban campers, and there are outdoor adventures to be found both in and around the city. Picnic on the grassy slopes of the Robinswood Hill Country Park, enjoy bird-watching around Alney Island Nature Reserve, or go paddleboarding along the River Severn. Ready to get out of the city? The Forest of Dean lies right on Gloucester’s doorstep, where you can walk through ancient oak woods and pitch your tent beneath the trees. Or head to one of the three AONBs within an hour’s drive of the city.

Where to go

Cotswolds

Just east of Gloucester, the Cotswolds AONB is the postcard star of the English countryside. Think rolling green farmlands, winding country lanes, and idyllic villages built from the region’s characteristic golden stone. A road trip is the best way to explore, stopping to browse the artisan shops in Broadway or Chipping Norton, take a hike in the hills, or spend a night at a luxury glampsite.

Malvern Hills

Rural pleasures await in the Malvern Hills AONB, just north of Gloucester. Hike through wooded valleys or bluebell meadows, pitch your tent amid rolling farmlands and fruit orchards, or check into a glampsite with tipis or treehouses in the heart of the forest. Must-sees include the view from Worcestershire Beacon and the Iron Age hillfort at British Camp.

Wye Valley

Forest walks and riverside strolls draw nature lovers to the Wye Valley, a 30-minute drive west of Gloucester. Paddle along the Wye River in a canoe, hike through wildflower meadows, then enjoy lunch at a riverfront pub, accompanied by a glass of the region’s famous cider. Over the Welsh border, admire the picturesque ruins of Tintern Abbey, visit the market town of Chepstow, or hike part of the Offa's Dyke trail.

When to go

Gloucester is a year-round destination—come in the summer to enjoy water sports along the river or cosy up at a quayside pub in the winter months. Summer (June through August) is festival season and brings the biggest crowds to the city, so book accommodation in advance. Mild temperatures make spring and autumn ideal for hiking in the AONBs, and the forests are particularly photogenic in fall.

Know before you go

  • Gloucester has several camping and outdoors stores where you can pick up everything you need for your camping trip.
  • Gloucester has public transport links to many of the surrounding towns and AONBs, but it is handy to have your own transport, especially if staying at rural campsites.
  • Wild camping is illegal throughout the UK, although there are some areas where it is possible with permission from the landowners.

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