Expatriates living in Gloucester, or 'Glaws' as the city is known locally, will find the city's atmosphere relaxed and the standard of living high, with plenty of arts, culture and a history that goes back to Roman times. Despite being the county town of Gloucestershire, it is a relatively small city of around 120,000 people with a compact historical center. Gloucester Cathedral is one of the most impressive in England, built a thousand years ago and gradually embellished in subsequent centuries. The Prinknash Abbey, complete with bird park and Roman mosaic, is well worth a visit and one of England's few surviving monasteries – since King Henry VIII had a falling out with the Catholic Church back in the 1500s and few survived. Expats living in Gloucester may also like to try the local 'Gloucester' cheese. Every year for centuries, a rather strange event sees thousands of locals and international visitors chasing a large wheel of Gloucester cheese down a steep nearby hill, the prize being the slightly battered cheese.
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Expats moving to Gloucester have a number of options for getting to the city. The nearby Bristol International Airport is well served from Europe and the cities are connected by train and bus. There is also a direct bus service from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as a regular train service from central London. Expatriates moving to Gloucester can find plenty of additional information on expatriation issues like international insurance and finance, living abroad and a range of other topics in the Expat Magazine, our dedicated online collection of articles. Our website also has a number of articles written by other InterNations members, which are a great way to get a more 'on the ground' view of expatriation.
Gloucester has a service-led economy with strong financial and business sectors. The large Cheltenham and Gloucester bank is based in the city and other service industries are also strong. Expatriates working in Gloucester will find the city a lively business environment, while still being a peaceful town after hours with a good selection of restaurants, bars and traditional English pubs to enjoy. Expats in Gloucester can also easily visit a number of historic and picturesque local towns and cities, notably the famous city of Bath, a UNESCO world heritage city, and nearby Cheltenham. Of course, expatriates in Gloucester may want to get in touch with other global minds and find the city's international community. The discussion groups, private communications and forums on the InterNations website are an ideal way to do this and our members often organize meet-ups or get information on their host cities in this way. In as friendly and compact a city as this one, it shouldn't be long before you've found your local community of expats in Gloucester.