Thinking of moving to Gloucester? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what the city has to offer.
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £2.3m
- Average house price in city: £149,827
- Cheapest property: £50,000 for a one bedroom flat.
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- Gloucester is a relatively small city, with estimates putting the population at some 125,000
- But the city’s population is also quite ethnically diverse and comprises 15% of the total
- It also has a relatively young population and it is estimated to be the ninth fastest growing city in the UK
- As the county town of Gloucestershire, the city is a hub for much wealthier areas of the Cotswolds and the market towns of South Gloucestershire.
- Thanks to its strategic position on a navigable part of the River Severn and its immediate access to the Bristol Channel, Gloucester has a long history of trading and industrial success
- These days, the City Council has identified the visitor economy as the fastest growing economic sector with the potential for even greater growth in the immediate future
- On the outskirts of the city is found Gloucester Business Park, which hosts a number of major companies, including Detica and Fortis.
Location and Transport 🚌
- The opening of the Severn Bridge in 1966 diverted some of this traffic to Chepstow, but Gloucester’s connection to the M5 motorway provides fast and easy access to the Midlands, whilst major trunk roads also connect the city to Bristol in the south and Cheltenham in the east
- There are frequent train services to Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading and London.
- The City of Gloucester is home to a number of well-known, privately endowed schools
- There are 8 well-established secondary modern schools.
- Within the city’s boundaries are some 26 Scheduled Monuments – including one at Our Lady’s Well in Hempsted which is said to be the place where the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, visited in England at the site of a spring of fresh water, which flows to this day
- Hillfield Gardens, close to the city centre, are open all the year round and are said to be home to some of the oldest trees in Gloucester.
Finally, did you know …
- Originally, Gloucester is said to have been a retirement colony, called Colonia Nervia Glevensium (or just Nevum) for Roman Legionnaires
- Spring Bank Holiday every year sees the – quite literally neck-breaking – “sport” of chasing a Double Gloucester cheese in a wild downhill race
- The world’s oldest known pedigree pig is the Gloucester Old Spot – from Gloucester, of course!