Gloucester bus station is one of the main transport hubs in the Cotswolds. Buses run to and from Gloucester from other nearby cities such as Bristol and Cheltenham (the latter journey takes around half an hour direct, for example). Regular bus links also run to Gloucester from many quaint towns and villages throughout the Cotswolds. It takes an hour to get a direct bus to Gloucester from the historic market town of Cirencester for instance, which is mentioned in Shakespeare's play 'Richard II'. National Express provides a direct service from various cities throughout the UK to Gloucester, including London and Birmingham. The station is centrally located in Gloucester.
The capital of Gloucestershire, Gloucester is home to a resplendent cathedral which is well worth a visit. In more recent years, Gloucester cathedral was one of the locations used for filming the Harry Potter series, making it an ideal attraction for Harry Potter fans visiting the West Country. One of Gloucester's most famous and best loved inhabitants is the children's author Beatrix Potter. Filled with curiosities, original drawings, exciting documents relating to Potter's life, and a charming gift shop, the Beatrix Potter Museum is both unique and fascinating. Gloucester is also home to an array of charming cafes and fantastic restaurants.