St Michael’s Tower stands on the highest part of the city of Gloucester where the four main streets cross. Some 25 metres in height it was built in the footprint of the nave of a previous church dedicated to St Michael the Archangel. It was built c.1465 and has been a familiar sight to Gloucestrians for nearly 550 years, throughout the reigns of 23 kings and queens.
St. Michael's Tower has recently been renovated and is now ‘A tower of learning’ – a place where the community and visitors can learn about Gloucester’s rich past, while recording today’s history for future generations to enjoy.
Whats on in the Tower?
There are audio trails where you explore the heritage of the City at your own pace, heritage films where you can watch personal accounts and memories on film, exhibitions where they are various displays throughout the year and you can also hire rooms which are have first class facilities.
St. Michael's Tower is now closed for the winter with regard to heritage information/events. From the 20th October - 20th December St. Michael's Tower will be manned by volunteers selling charity Christmas cards.
- Free Entry
- In town/city centre
- No Smoking Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- Conference facilities
- Event Venue
- Open all year
- Marketed towards senior citizens
Map & Directions
From the North: Get off the M5 at Junction 11, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A40 (signposted Gloucester/Cirencester). At Elmbridge Court roundabout take the 4th exit (signposted Ross). At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A38 and then at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A417 (St. Oswald's Road). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A417. Keep left around Westgate Island and take the first left into Westgate Street. Follow the road around into Upper Quay Street and then turn left into Bearland. Continue forward on to Longsmith Street, there is a multi storey car park just to your left. Come out of the car park and turn left, walk up Longsmith Street until you come to the end of the road. Turn left in to Southgate Street and walk until you get to ‘The Cross’ (where the 4 main gate streets meet). St. Michael's Tower is just on your right. From the South: Get off the M5 at Junction 12, at the roundabout take the first exit onto the B4008. At the Cross Keys roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A38. At the next roundabout continue forward. At the traffic lights continue forward (stay in the left hand lane, signposted Ross) onto the A430, Secunda Way. Continue forward on this by pass until you come to a roundabout, stay in the right hand lane and take the 2nd exit (on to Hempstead Lane). Turn right into St. Ann Way and continue forward at the next 2 sets of lights. At the major cross road turn left into Southgate Street. Follow Southgate Street and continue on to Commercial Road. Take the first right onto Ladybellegate Street and then the 2nd right into Longsmith Street. There is a multi storey car park just to your left. Come out of the car park and turn left, walk up Longsmith Street until you come to the end of the road. Turn left in to Southgate Street and walk until you get to ‘The Cross’ (where the 4 main gate streets meet). St. Michael's Tower is just on your right
Public Transport Directions
St. Michael's Tower is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Bus or Train Station. From the Train Station cross Bruton Way and go through the Bus Station. Proceed out of the Bus Station through the archway onto Station Road. Continue forward on to Clarence Street and at the end turn right into Eastgate Street. Follow Eastgate Street until you see St. Michael's Tower on the left.
|St. Michaels Tower (1 Mar 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)|
* The Tower is open to the public between March and September. Guided City Centre tours leave daily during this time at 11:30.