Destination guide

Historical Gloucester will entice you

Take a holiday to Gloucester and enjoy the area's monuments, history and art galleries. Renowned for its seaside, beaches and whale watching, this city welcomes all visitors. A holiday rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in Gloucester

Are you looking for attractions to see in the city? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Gloucester a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Wolf Hollow (8.3 mi / 13.3 km)
  • Salem Willows Park (11.8 mi / 19 km)
  • Salem Toy Museum (13.2 mi / 21.3 km)
  • Mill River Winery (14.5 mi / 23.4 km)
  • Evergreen Valley Golf Course (19.2 mi / 31 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Gloucester

If you're planning a holiday around the weather, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 26°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Gloucester

Gloucester is famous for its beautiful ocean views and pristine beaches. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Gloucester is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Stage Fort Park (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Half Moon Beach (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Niles Beach (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Good Harbor Beach (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Ravenswood Park (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Long Beach (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Gloucester

The nearest airport is in Beverly, MA (BVY-Beverly Municipal), located 12.8 mi (20.6 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal), which is 24.3 mi (39.1 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Gloucester Station or West Gloucester Station to see more of the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around Gloucester?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 309 holiday lettings around Gloucester. From 171 houses to 49 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Gloucester?

Perhaps it's the spectacular sea views, or maybe it's the chance to chill out from sunrise to sunset. But there's just something about a beach holiday that appeals to one and all. HomeAway has 133 beachside rental properties. Of course, that might not suit everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has a selection of other options, including:

  • 103 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 77 water-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 59 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Gloucester?

If you want to have an authentic local experience and love having lots of space to spread out, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 150 houses available on HomeAway. Prices start at £38 per night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Apartment: 46 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £88 per night.
  • Cottage: 33 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £77 per night.
  • Condo: 16 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £84 per night.

Can I stay in Gloucester in a large group?

Getaways with your loved ones can be so much fun, especially when you're sleeping under the same roof somewhere new! If you'll be travelling with a big group, HomeAway can help. The most popular choice for bigger groups here are house holiday rentals, and there are 31 available. The rental property options that are suitable for large groups in the area include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we've got 47 properties to rent suited to that size. Spend a night for as little as £126.
  • Looking for a holiday property for 8 people? We have 38 that will serve you well. Prices begin at just £138 per night.
  • On a trip away with a group of 7? We have 26 rental properties that will meet your needs. Prices start from £123 per night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you'll be able to bring your uncle, your cousin and all your friends to Gloucester.