Gloucester is the 53rd largest settlement in the United Kingdom with about 123,000 people. Located in a sheltered area along the River Severn it is protected on one side by the majestic Forest of Dean and on the other by the magnificent Malvern Hills. A port town, the wharfs, warehouses and docks that make up this area have been modernized and renovated and now make a charming public area with shops, bars and luxury apartments. The history of the town dates back to the middle ages and remnants of this still exist today. Gloucester Cathedral is built on the foundation of an abbey originally dedicated to Saint Peter in 681. Also the burial place of King Edward II, it has been used as a setting in several of the Harry Potter movies because of its architecture and impact. Several other churches of note can also be found in Gloucester including St Mary de Lode, St Mary de Crypt, St Michael s and St Nicholas church. Throughout the city can be found the remains of ancient buildings and ancient civilizations, and in some cases artifacts are encased and housed on the spot they were found, in amongst modern businesses and walkways. For thousands of years Gloucester has been a center for commerce and industry and that still remains true today. With its historic architecture, visitor attractions, festivals, specialty shops, restaurants and of course, tea shops, it is a city with something for everyone. The city is also proud to house the Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop. A must-see for fans of the author. Just outside the city lies the Cotswolds region, famous for its beauty and rural tranquility. Enjoy walking or hiking, cycling, horse back riding, gliding, fishing, camping or ballooning in this picturesque setting. If you prefer not to explore on foot, you can also rent a vintage classic motorcar to tour the area yourself. A unique experience in itself, it will be hard to go back to your modern car after you ve experienced the luxury and craftsmanship of these vintage vehicles.