Centrally located and with a rich history dating back to early Roman times, the cathedral city of Gloucester is a great place for corporates to stay in serviced accommodation.
The city of Gloucester is the county town of Gloucestershire, alongside other large South West English towns Cheltenham, Cirencester and Stroud. Gloucester and its population of around 130,000 lie on the edge of Wales with the English counties of Herefordshire, Wiltshire, Worchester, Somerset, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire neighbouring the remainder of the county border. The city is also intersected by the River Severn, the largest of its kind in Great Britain.
Travelling here is straightforward as well. Those staying in Gloucester corporate accommodation can utilise the major M5 and A38 road routes which serve the city. There is also the main railway station which links to the South West of England, London and important northern locations.
Much of what we know about the modern-day city of Gloucester comes as a result of many centuries of Roman occupation. Since the first settlement was established in the Kingsholm area around 50AD, the city continued to be an important centre for the following generations. Furthermore, throughout the Anglo-Saxon, Middle Ages and Tudor periods the city maintained a high status. Its general layout has survived to this day.
Earning port status also proved to be a turning point in the city’s history. Further attention came to Gloucester from the rest of the world as a result. The port was, therefore, able to grow and expand throughout the Industrial Revolution and into the twentieth century. Although such industrial prowess has recently lessened, the city still benefits from its rich heritage and historical foundations. Guests staying in Gloucester serviced apartments will surely see how the city is reigniting its past British prominence.
Back in 2017 Gloucester ranked in the UK’s top ten most productive and entrepreneurial business areas. The city also eclipsed the results coming out of the English capital. The recent successes of the city’s economy have been down to the work of the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company and the £700 million investment into Gloucester’s rejuvenation. Gloucester’s heritage undoubtedly plays a significant role in terms of economic success. Therefore, attention placed upon the city’s seven hundred historically-listed buildings is vital. They are also responsible for drawing in a vast majority of tourists to the city. Around six million travel here every year, staying in practical Gloucester aparthotels and also contributing to the overall visitor annual spend of around £200 million.
In addition, Gloucester also takes pride in being home to world-leading advanced engineering companies and a strong finance and insurance cluster. The future strategy is clear too. To maintain the momentum these companies emit as well as create further jobs for the public. Gloucester City Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy makes clear the intentions to prioritise the people. Creating more housing, jobs and vibrancy to the city centre are the aims. Central to achieving this is securing foreign investment, which the city continues to work on. As well as strong business relationships with Aviva, The Peel Group and Linden Homes, Gloucester city council plans to secure a large number of even more investors. All of this potential can be accessed by guests staying in any of SITU’s range of Gloucester city apartments.
Staying in Gloucester short term accommodation may not be enough to ensure you see all the best attractions the city has to offer. Immensely popular amongst travellers is the famous Gloucester Cathedral. First originating around 678, the Cathedral still stands in the north of Gloucester, close the River Severn. Whilst many credit its fame to the burial place of King Edward II, others will also appreciate the Cathedral for its appearance in two of the early Harry Potter films. However you consider the cathedral’s importance, our Gloucester serviced apartments can ensure you are within the close vicinity so you can visit the site for yourself.
Visitors to the city can also appreciate one of the most complete surviving Dominican black friaries in the country. Founded in 1239, the Blackfriars lies in the heart of the city and is a great representative of Gloucester’s precedence to maintain history.
Corporate travellers may want to venture from the comfort of their Gloucester furnished housing or short let after a long day of business to soak up some of the city’s natural beauty. First stop for sure is the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. The Trust protects habitats and species across sixty nature reserves throughout Gloucestershire. Much can be learnt when visiting the nature preserve, such as its fifty-year history and commitments of the over five hundred volunteers.
Another educational attraction is the Museum of Gloucester. Following a National Lottery fund injection, Gloucester’s Museum was extensively renovated and now has on display the best possible reflection of the city’s history. It is fair to say history and nature are important to the city and staying in Gloucester extended stay apartments enables guests every opportunity to see all the county town has to offer.
As well as the pleasant and natural attractions that lure leisurely travellers to Gloucester all year round, signs of economic progress make the city ideal for the corporate traveller. Moreover, our range of Gloucester corporate accommodation are located all across the city, making it easy for business people to enjoy staying in one of the country’s most historic cities.
Gloucestershire Airport, formerly known as Staverton Airport is conveniently located between Cheltenham and Gloucester, close to the M5. The airport is no further than a half an hours drive to Gloucester and a forty-minute train journey to Gloucester Railway Station.
The Number 94 bus service between Gloucester and Cheltenham stops less than one kilometre from the airport’s entrance. Alternatively, taxis can be taken from almost anywhere in Gloucester to the airport.
Gloucester Railway Station is home to the second longest platform in the UK and has benefited from a recent renovation project. The station is right at the heart of the city, opposite the Gloucestershire Royal History and War memorial.
Information about this station’s facilities and train times can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.gwr.com
Based on Station Road and just opposite Gloucester Railway, the Gloucester Transport Hub is the new bus station which opened in October 2018. Part of Gloucester’s regeneration scheme was to renovate the bus station, which now includes a new café, shop, larger seating area and twelve new bus bays.
Visitors to Gloucester can also take advantage of the Waterwells Park & Ride situated south of Gloucester city centre and just off the A38.