The local area and wider afield has a wealth of attractions to explore and excellent transport links. Redcliffe's location is also ideal for students who do not own a car as many facilities are within walking distance or only a short bus journey away.
Redcliffe is in the heart of Gloucester, a thriving cathedral city popular for shopping, business and tourism. In addition to the usual high street stores in the city centre, the docks have recently been redeveloped with new shops and restaurants.
The nearby leisure facilities are easily accessible on foot and students can also make use of the four swimming pools at the local GL1 Leisure Centre where they receive a student discount. Redcliffe students can use the University of Gloucestershire sports facilities, situated a few minutes walk from the college.
For those who prefer to watch sport, Saturdays often include a visit to watch the first class Gloucester rugby team in action. Cycling is a great way to get out and about in Gloucester and the surrounding Cotswolds with its quiet market towns and rolling countryside. Many students bring bicycles and we have bike sheds where you can store your bike on site, and several bikes to borrow. Gloucester’s train station and bus station are around 10 minutes walk from the college campus.
Gloucester's history stretches back to Roman times and before, and the cathedral area has been a place of Christian worship since the 7th Century AD. Today, the Cathedral is a venue for many events and exhibitions, as well as hosting regular services.
Redcliffe is located in a great place. I like the fact that everything
is available within walking distance - the shops, my part-time job, the
train and bus station and the docks if I just want to relax
Students can enjoy all that the historic Spa City of Cheltenham
has to offer, just a short bus ride from the College. Cheltenham is the cultural centre for the region, with it's excellent shopping facilities, beautiful gardens, and wide choice of cafes, eateries and restaurants.
Cheltenham is also home to an impressive calendar of international festivals and events. There is a Folk Festival, a Literature Festival and an International Jazz Festival which ranks among the top British events of its kind as well as literary and theatrical events and county cricket. During the bank holiday at the end of August, Cheltenham racecourse hosts Greenbelt, a Christian arts festival.
Many areas around Gloucester are easily accessible for day trips and are often explored by students, either as an organised group or informally with close friends. Here are a few of the most popular destinations...
Bigger cities Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford are all within an hour's drive and easily accessible by train or coach. These cities offer large shopping malls and a wealth of attractions,
making for a great day out.
The Cotswolds Popular with both the English themselves and visitors from all over the world, the Cotswolds are well-known for gentle hillsides (or 'wolds'), sleepy villages and for being so 'typically English'.
Forest of Dean Nestling between the Wye Valley, the Vale of Leadon and the Severn Valley, the Royal Forest of Dean is one of England's few remaining ancient forests, covering 27,000 acres of woodland. With stunning landscapes and spectacular scenery, it is perfect for long walks.
Malvern Hills These beautiful hills and the small town of Malvern have stunning views over surrounding cities and towns.
The Tyndale Monument Located in North Nibley this monument was erected to celebrate the birthplace of William Tyndale, one of the first people to translate the Bible into English.
Tewkesbury Renowned as having one of the best medieval townscapes in England, with its fine half-timbered buildings, overhanging upper storeys and elaborately carved doorways.
Worcester There are many beautiful attractions such as the Guild Hall, a Cathedral, Royal Worcester Porcelain Works and Museum, Spetchley Park Gardens and many more.