Discover the history of crime and detection in Gloucestershire. The original Victorian police office and cells contain a fascinating display of police artefacts mainly dedicated to the history of the Gloucestershire Constabulary. The Old Courtroom also features a 1950s courtroom scene with audio playback of proceedings. Quizzes and trails are available for children. Additional display features include 'Lost at War' files, 'Cold Case' files, an introductory video, an old-style telephone that allows you to listen in on callers to the Victorian police station and a vintage television showing Gloucestershire police vehicles through the ages.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Fri (excluding BHs) 10-3. May open at other times by appointment
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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