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Gloucester - what is it like?

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Gloucester - what is it like?

Hi all, this may seem a strange thing to ask...

But what is Gloucester like? My Husband and I currently live in Surrey and work in London, the days are long because of the travelling. We are originally from Hereford, and want to kind of go back in that direction, my Husband loves the countryside.

We have looked for Jobs, and found good oppotunities for both of us in Gloucester.

I am fine about moving to a smaller place, but i do worry about my social life. Are there good pubs/restaurants?

We will be having children in a few years - is Gloucester a nice area for this?

Are there any rough areas that we need be aware of, or something to avoid?

We have some time off work to explore the area soon, but we dont actually know anyone in Gloucester to ask on advice. Just visiting a place, you sometimes are not aware of these things.

All comments would be greatly appreciated, many thanks.


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1. Re: Gloucester - what is it like?

You could ask many people and get a different opinion from every one! Personally I do not like Gloucester (give me Cheltenham any time!) but I have a good friend who lives in an area just outside Gloucester called Abbeymead, who works in Gloucester and has brought up children there and loves it. Presumably you would not be necessarily looking to live in the city itself, so there are lots of smaller towns and villages where you could easily commute from (eg Painswick, Upton St Leonards) why not get yourselves down here at weekends, ask in Estate agents etc and generally get a feel for the area. Obviously moving away from Surrey is a major decision, but you have to begin somewhere, so get a night or two booked in a travelodge and take it from there!

Best of luck.

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I had an afternoon in Gloucester a few weeks back and thought it looked run down, only my opinion, lots of closed shops, however the Catherdral is magnificent.

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I think Cirencestermum has hit the nail. Gloucester tends to be "second choice", however anyone who lives here knows that often, people who cannot afford Cheltenham, live in Gloucester and commute across the Golden valley every day.

Better places for Gloucester (and i'm not saying that because they are missed off.... theyre bad). Abbeydale Abbeymead Quedgeley, Longlevens (always popular), perhaps Brockworth.... or have you thought of Churchdown. Please let me know what you think/thought

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4. Re: Gloucester - what is it like?

Hi Amy

I would recommend Cheltenham, instead of Gloucester as it has better schools and a wider range of social events.

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5. Re: Gloucester - what is it like?

House prices in Gloucester are considerably lower than Cheltenham and that generally happens for a reason - part post code snobbery and part valid reason!

Areas of Gloucester I wouldn't really want to live in include Abbeymead / Abbeydale simply because it's a sprawling development of rabbit hutches; Quedgeley for similar reasons. Matson, Tredworth definitely to be avoided.

Cheltenham side of Gloucester includes Churchdown, Hucclecote, parts of Brockworth generally has more elbow room to the properties.

As you are moving from Surrey I suspect you won't have too much trouble with the house prices so slightly more outlying areas might also appeal but may have limited public transport.

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Be Careful if you step in a puddle!!

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7. Re: Gloucester - what is it like?

i've lived in Gloucester for a number of years , there are good and bad points , just like with all cities

First the bad points

The city is over run with Chavs , lots of run down areas of the city that badly need upgrading , even though there are still many historic buildings apart from the cathedral including the marvellous dominican priory , many are in a state of disrepair ,hidden away , locked up and boarded up and generally not accessable to the public which is shameful in my opinion . Gloucester was once a thriving port , but now sadly overdeveloped with ugly flats and 1960's buildings . The shops in the city centre are cheapo budget shops like Primark, 99p shop , cashconverters , nothing of any quality except a fantastic Debenhams and a Marks . It's virtually impossible to get a good meal in Gloucester unless you like kebabs and fried chicken. Most of the pubs serve the usual greasy stuff that you can find in most roadside little chefs. Most of the population of gloucester wouldn't be able to spot a decent meal and anything that didn't look like a big mac or a chicken nugget they would consider unedible There are certain No go council estates and horrible areas full of skum bags that will mug you and nick your mobile phone to take to cash converters, the proceeds are spent on drugs . These areas are

1. Coney Hill ( all of it )

2. Matson ( all of it )

3. Tredworth ( most of it)

4. Barton Street area ( a no go area at night)

5. Eastgate street ( no go area at night )

6. Park end road and the streets around it ( including Cromwell street , where Fred West did his murders)...def a no go area at night

7. Podsmead ( esp Shakespear Avenue ...where a chav has an asbo but is still terrorising the neighbourhood )

Good Points

1. There are areas of Gloucester which are o.k to live and a few lovely areas , the housing is cheaper than Cheltenham ( By the way Cheltenham has many horrible undesirable areas that in my opinion are just as bad as Gloucester) . A decent 3 bed home in a nice area you could get for £150K

Good areas include


Hucclecote ( esp roads like Green Lane )


Churchdown ( parts of )

Upper Tuffley ( many of the houses have fantastic rural views accross the severn vale )

Lower Tuffley ( parts of )

Linden ( apart from Seymour Road ) , esp Tuffley Avenue

Kingsholm ( esp Escort Road )



Abbeymead ( a modern estate )

Quedgeley ( parts of it ) mostly a modern estate

2. There are in many areas a real sense of community spirit , people actually talk to you , they are unpretentious and down to earth and definately not snobby

3. The area is ethnically diverse

4 . The new designer Gloucester Quays development is really nice and very quiet ( too expensive for many of the shoppers who are used to shopping in primark , 99p shop or Wilkinsons ) get some great designer bargains here

5. There are some fantastic countryside right on the doorstep including Robinswood Hill country park . Gloucester has very easy access to the Cotswolds, forest of dean and some lovely outlying villages

6 . If you are a cyclist than I would consider Gloucester to be one of the best places in the county for cycling and commuting to work , there are loads of cycle paths and the city is pretty flat

7. Gloucester is changing , there is much investment going on at the moment with new opportunities for jobs , including retail and development

over the next 5 years there are plans to renovate old buildings and rejuvinate the city . Buying a house here could be considered a good investment , prices will catch Cheltenham up once the infastructure is in place and the recession is over .

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I think you are a little harsh in some of the descriptions you use, but regrettably not so far off the mark that the descriptions require major correction.

The lack of decent restaurants in a city the size of Gloucester does speak volumes. By comparison it would be an easy matter to eat in a different, good standard, restaurant every week in Cheltenham, just 9 miles away.

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9. Re: Gloucester - what is it like?

Hi there Keith,

I think your comments about Gareth & Gloucester are fair. If you think of Gloucester as a good investment for the future (and coming up to cheltenham standards in the next 5 years), you have a stretched imagination. All you have to do is take two walks. The main street of Cheltenham and Gloucester, The Promenade and Eastgate street.

I've lived in Cheltenham AND Gloucester for 15 years each. The Prom oozes class and money, Gloucester you reflected on cheap shops and restaurants that,generally, to be kind "aren't in the same league".

Case Closed?

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10. Re: Gloucester - what is it like?

PS note Gareths notes and reviews, one apiece!

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