Gloucester (pronounced [ˈglɒstə]) is a city and district in the English county of Gloucestershire. It is close to the Welsh border on the River Severn.


The annual Three Choirs Festival, which started in the eighteenth century and one of the oldest music festivals in Europe, takes place in Gloucester every third year. The other places the festival is held are Hereford and Worcester.

Some parts for the Harry Potter movies were filmed at Gloucester cathedral.

Gloucester Rugby, founded in 1873, play here. The team play in the Guinness Premiership, the top level of English rugby. Their home ground is Kingsholm.