Surrounded by spectacular woodland and countryside, rich in industrial heritage and boasting a great range of independent shops and places to eat, there is plenty to discover in the small vibrant market town of Dursley.
Sitting on the famous Cotswold Way route, which passes by its 18th century Market House, it is nestled in a wooded valley under the glorious Cotswold escarpment, ideally positioned halfway between Gloucester and Bristol, close to the Cam and Dursley train station.
Originally renowned for its woollen cloth, Dursley later became known for its world-famous Lister-Petter engines and of course Mikael Pederson and his distinctive bicycle. Its rich history is preserved today by the many fine buildings located in the town, including Jacob's House and The Priority and also by the information and artefacts held in its Heritage Centre.
Today the town has 'Walkers are Welcome' status and, with its successful annual Walking Festival, is fast becoming a base for walkers to enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the local landscape and the surrounding Cotswold Edge and Severn Vale area.
Walk or drive to the summit of any of the hills surrounding the town and you will be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views of the Gloucestershire countryside, including the Severn estuary and even Wales.
The 18th Century Market House is home to a bustling farmer's market on the second Saturday of every month and the town has a variety of independent small shops. Visitors can enjoy culinary delights ranging from artisan coffee and traditional British pub grub, to a varied selection of world cuisine from plenty of great cafes, restaurants and pubs including the award-winning 'Old Spot'.
There are many excellent facilities to take advantage of during your visits including the Library and The Pulse leisure centre, which includes a modern fully equip gym, dance studio, swimming pool and fitness classes.
Throughout the year, the town is home to a range of festivals and events including an exciting summer Carnival, the iconic 'Dursley Dozen' all terrain race, the popular Dursley Walking Festival and the famous 'Festive Dursley' Christmas lights switch on.
There's so much to discover in Dursley; our beautiful small vibrant market town on the Cotswold Way. We look forward to making you welcome.
Dursley's Visitor Information Centre is located in the Library on May Lane. For email enquires contact: dursleyvic@Gloucestershire.gov.uk