Adventures around Gloucesterwith PlusBus

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Stroll round the cloisters in the footsteps of Harry Potter and friends or along the canal to Gloucester’s National Waterways Museum. See the shop that inspired Beatrix Potter, a medieval priory that survived the centuries and a view across Gloucestershire from the top of a flower-covered hill. A PlusBus ticket can help you explore all these and more; just ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: canals | cathedral | historic buildings | museums | viewpoints | waterways |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated January 2024. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Climb Robinswood Hill

    For the best views in the city, this Gloucester landmark has a 360-degree panorama and plenty of interesting wildlife. Look out for rabbits nibbling the grass, squirrels running up the trees and bluebells in the spring. Numerous way-marked routes wind round the hillside and a sculpture trail opened in 2022 along an accessible footpath near the visitor centre. A climb to the beacon-marked summit of Robinswood Hill with its many benches will take about half an hour by the most direct route. It is quite steep and can be muddy, but the views are worth it!

    • How do I get to Robinswood Hill? From the railway station, catch regular bus 63 or bus 64 from the Transport Hub (Stop E) to St Barnabas church. If you’re coming from the Docks, walk along Spa Road, with its elegant Georgian houses, and over Gloucester Park to the stop called the Park.
    • Getting off at St Barnabas church, about ten minutes after leaving the Park, walk past the church, cross Finlay Road carefully and turn left along Reservoir Road. When the road soon curves left, turn right into Hill Road and immediately left up a footpath. From here, there are lots of ways to reach the summit (you can see a map on this leaflet).
    • The new cedar-clad visitors’ building, head offices of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, opened in 2020 and has a friendly café where you can reward yourself with coffee and cake when you get back down.
    • Heading back to the railway station, you can either go back to the church and catch the same buses as earlier or take a slightly different route for a last bit of Gloucester sightseeing with your PlusBus ticket. To do this, turn right out of the café along the grassy area above the car park, left down a tarmac path and straight into Selwyn Road to reach a bus stop called “White City, by Shops”. Cross over and catch frequent bus 9 from outside the chippy.
    • The bus route passes through Tredworth cemetery with its neat yew trees and listed Gothic chapel. Later, there’s a view of the warehouses across Gloucester Docks and the tall metal sculpture known as “The Candle”.