On Thursday 6th March Gloucestershire County Council’s Archives Department and partners are launching ‘Gloucestershire Revealed’, the ultimate guide to museums, galleries and heritage in the county. To celebrate, a launch reception is taking place at Berkeley Castle.

Gloucestershire Revealed has its own website, www.gloucestershirerevealed.co.uk, with full information and photographs about what’s on offer at each venue, including facilities for people with disabilities and for families with young children. There is also an interactive map, which groups the attractions geographically with timings to assist visitors in planning their schedule. The Gloucestershire Revealed leaflet can be found at tourist information centres across the country, as well as libraries, post offices and other locations in Gloucestershire.

Berkeley Castle, GloucestershireThe Cotswolds are the most popular holiday destination for foreign tourists visiting the UK after London, so Gloucestershire Revealed will also be promoted to overseas tour organisers.

Cllr Tony Hicks, Lead Cabinet Member for Adult Services said:

“Gloucestershire has a rich and varied heritage, which attracts many tourists year after year. Gloucestershire Revealed brings together all this information in one place, making it so much easier for visitors and residents to get the most out of our wonderful county.”

Gloucestershire Revealed is supported by many organizations including Stroud District Council, Cotswold District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucester City Council and The Museums Libraries and Archives Council.

The launch event is aimed primarily at the tourism trade, in particular those organisations who bring groups of visitors to the county. All the attractions featured by Gloucestershire Revealed will be exhibiting including Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, Museum in the Park Stroud, Nature in Art, Gloucester City Museum and Folk Museum, The Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley Castle, The John Moore Countryside Museum, Out of the Hat, Tewkesbury, Dean Heritage Centre, Holst Birthplace Museum, The National Trust, Cotswold Motoring Museum, and The National Waterways Museum.

150 guests are expected and speakers at the event include the host Charles Berkeley, Simon Lawton, Chair of the Gloucestershire Museums Group and Chris Dee, Tourism Manager for Gloucestershire County Council. Every guest will be offered a tour of the castle during the evening.

The Stonehouse Court Hotel, a 17th Century Manor House set in 6 acres of stunning grounds overlooking Stroud Water Canal has generously donated the prize draw gift comprising dinner at their award winning Henrys restaurant and overnight stay at the hotel.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council