Travel Information

We look forward to welcoming you to Gloucester History Festival.

We encourage you to adhere to the latest government guidelines, and the guidelines of
individual organisations, when planning your visit, entering buildings, using transport and
attending our events etc. 

Public transport

Most events take place within Gloucester City Centre, which is a short walk from the bus and rail stations.

Click here for more information.

Please remember that is now law to wear a face-covering when using public transport.

By Car

Gloucester is easily accessible from the M5. Use Junction 11 from the North and Junction 12 from the South. There are a number of car parks within the city centre – you can check ahead here.

City Council car parks are free after 6pm and all City Council car parks offer free parking for up to 3 hours to Blue Badge holders 

You can also park at Gloucester Docks Car Park (Southgate St, Gloucester GL1 2DB – overlooking the docks, which is a 5 minute walk), or at the Gloucester Quays outlet centre. which is a pleasant 7-10 minute walk from Blackfriars Priory.


The information below is based on ‘usual’ operation, prior to COVID-19 Pandemic. In light of Government recommendations some buildings are being accessed differently and this year, some changes may have been made as a result.

We ask you to contact each venue specifically if you have specific access requirements.

Blackfriar’s Priory

Blackfriars Priory is usually accessible for wheelchair users. Spaces are reserved for people with disabilities close to the main entrance into the hall. There are 4 steps leading up to the upper floor in the hall.


Lifts are in place for access to the toilets and cafe.


There is a hearing loop in the hall.


The Scriptorium is not accessible upstairs for wheelchair users.


For a detailed accessibility description please visit: There are two car parks close to Blackfriars and both have disabled parking spaces in them. They are Longsmith Street and Blackfriars carpark. The website above gives more detail on these.

Heritage Open Days

For individual accessibility queries for the talks, tours and walks please contact 

Gloucester Cathedral is wheelchair accessible. However the Parliament rooms, Crypt and Tower Tours are not. Wheelchair users are able to access the Pitt Street Stonemasons yard and the Chapter House. Gloucestershire Archives
Is fully accessible for wheelchair users, again please check.

For Detailed Accessibility information on many places in Gloucester City visit

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