Gloucester Cathedral

Curious About...
Gloucester


Gloucester is a city on the edge of the Cotswolds, yet it’s also Britain’s most inland port. It’s no stranger to movie makers, the cathedral cloisters doubled for those at Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films. The cathedral’s Crecy window is the largest stained-glass window in the UK. The city also boasts the largest ice cream factory in Europe, and John Stafford Smith , who created the tune to the Star Spangled Banner, is buried in Gloucester Cathedral. Time to see if you can whistle and eat an ice cream at the same time!

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    Curious About... Gloucester

  • An exploration of Gloucester's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every-which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Gloucester in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The second walk starts approx 300 metres from where the first walk ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
  • One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home or for using immediately on your mobile device, or we can print it for you and send it using 1st class Royal Mail.
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Curious About... Gloucester

Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts approx 300 metres from where the first finishes.

1. Cathedral Circular - 1.25 miles / 2 kms

From the magnificent Cathedral Church of St Peter & the Holy & Indivisible Trinity this walk takes you round four of Gloucester’s oldest streets which meet at The Cross, home to the ancient St Michael’s Tower. See the remains of Roman defences in an underground chamber and a Tudor 'horse-pool' where wagons & livestock were washed before market. Marvel at the ruins of a 16th century Greyfriars church, before returning eventually to Gloucester Cathedral.
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2. St Michael's Tower to Quays - 0.75 miles / 1.2 kms

From the 15th century St Michael’s Tower this walk takes you down ancient Southgate Street to the newly renovated canal dock area. Here you’ll find everything you need for a great day out: the National Waterways Museum, seats by Victoria Dock, boats barges and tall ships, an ancient Mariner’s Chapel still in use today, and plenty of up-market shops, bars and eateries!
Children's University logoChildren's University event0.75 hoursOK

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The Booklet
Gloucester Booklet

Each booklet is A5 size. You can: a) download to your computer & print; b) download to your phone or tablet (different format) & use directly from there; c) order a pre-printed copy which we post to you. Each has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck; a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.


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Downloads

Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free). Please see our FAQs page for further information.


Printed Copy

The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £1.99, and after that it's £3.99. Outside the UK it's £2.49 for 1 or 2 booklets, £4.99 for 3 to 6 booklets and £7.99 after that.

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If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
  • Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
  • Complete one or both walks in your own time.
  • Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
    Complete one form for each location (eg Gloucester).
    Let us know one additional interesting fact you discovered along the route for each walk you complete (this provides proof that you did it).
  • We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
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