Guided Tours of Gloucester

Queen's Award for Volunteering

The Trust has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Volunteering, with a special mention for our Gloucester Tour Guides.

In 2015 we reached a fantastic milestone as the Mayor of Gloucester made a presentation of some Gloucester souvenirs to the 100,000th person to enjoy a walking tour with one of our fully trained Gloucester Civic Trust Tour Guides.

Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will be pleased to take you on one of our walking tours. Join a City tour leaving from St Michael’s Tower at 11:00am from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays at 2pm throughout the summer or book a private tour at any time of the year.

The Choice is Yours.

The City and Docks areas are pedestrianised and all walking tours, except the Roman Times Tour, are suitable for wheelchair users.

As well as tours, we also offer a range of talks by our Gloucester Tour Guides. For more information about the subjects available and costs, please contact

Guided Tour of Gloucester

City Tour

Discover 2000 years of fascinating history during a 90 minute stroll

  • Medieval Galleried Inn
  • Tudor Merchant’s House
  • Dominican Priory
  • Parliament Rooms
  • Tailor of Gloucester
  • Robert Raikes
  • Bishop Hooper

Tailor of Gloucester Tour

In 1903, Beatrix Potter published one of her best-loved stories, ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’, based on a true story about John Prichard, who she met on one of her visits to the City. The tour shows you places in Gloucester associated with the author.

Children's City Tour

An entertaining and educational tour around the City suitable for accompanied 6 to 11 year olds

Tickets £1 per child (accompanying adult free)

Docks Tour

A circular tour of Gloucester Docks, covering its history from Roman times and its importance through time as Britain’s most inland port.

Aethelflaed in Saxon Gloucester Times

Trace Gloucester’s history between the end of the Roman era and the Norman Conquest. Hear about Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, the only woman to rule an Anglo-Saxon kingdom, who revived the town and was buried here in 918.

Siege of Gloucester Tour

Visit the areas connected with arguably the City’s finest hour. The Siege of Gloucester in 1643, when a small garrison of Parliamentarians, led by Colonel Massey, held the might of Charles I and his Royalist Army at bay at a significant point in the English Civil War.

Medieval Churches Tour

Gloucester’s history and architecture through some of its medieval churches, noting Roman, Saxon, Norman and monastic influences.

Robert Raikes Tour

The story of Robert Raikes, publisher, prison reformer and a founder of the Sunday School Movement, showing the buildings connected to him.

Roman Times Tour

Discover why Gloucester was such an important Roman settlement – given the status of a Colonia by Emperor Nerva. It was the highest honour granted to any Roman town, with only four in Britain.

Famous Gloucester Characters Tour

Uncover Gloucester characters connected to the poem Invictus, the tune of the American National Anthem and Ebenezer Scrooge amongst others.

Spa Tour

In the early 1800s, Gloucester had a thriving Spa. Trace the history of The Spa and take in the fine buildings associated with it.

Llanthony Secunda Priory Tour

Founded in 1136, this Priory became the richest Augustinian house in England, entertaining the Court of Henry VII in 1500 and 1501.

That's Entertainment !

A walk in the city to see the sites of former theatres, cinemas, inns and other places where people have indulged in their pleasures and pastimes.

Christian Heritage Tour

Gloucester’s history goes back 2,000 years to the time of Jesus and the apostle Paul’s missionary journeys. On this tour you will see the places and hear the stories of events and people that shaped Gloucester’s Christian Heritage over the intervening years.