This Medieval church was built for merchant traders beside Gloucester’s (now vanished) west gate. The church is a city landmark, known for its leaning, truncated white stone spire. Damage was caused to the spire by a direct hit by Royalist troops during the Siege of Gloucester in 1643 – and it is now topped with an attractive coronet. The existing church dates back to the 12th century, though most of it was rebuilt in the 13th and larger windows were added later.
Formerly one of Gloucester’s most prosperous parish churches many of its wonderful monuments and memorial slabs commemorate significant citizens, some showing figures in glorious Stuart costume. Most important is the altar tomb of Alderman John Wallton (died 1626) and his wife Alice. On either side of the chancel are 16th century squints, giving the congregation a view of the sanctuary and there is an unusual Royal Arms above the south doorway that references not one but three monarchs - George I, George II and Charles II.
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
- Guide Dogs Permitted
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
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. For the closest car park take the first left into the car park. Walk out of the car park and turn left, continue walking up Westgate Street. St. Nicholas Church is just up on the left before you walk into the pedestrianised area of the city centre.
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 left hand lane and take the 2nd exit (on to Hempstead Lane). Follow the road until you arrive at a T Junction. At the T Junction turn right. Keep in the right hand lane and take the exit at the roundabout. Immediately take the exit left into Westgate Street. Take the 1st left into the car park. This is the closest car park to St. Nicholas Church. Walk out of the car park and turn left, continue walking up Westgate Street. St. Nicholas Church is just up on the left before you walk into the pedestrianised area of the city centre.
Public Transport Directions
Short stroll from Gloucester Bus and Train Station. From the Train Station, cross Bruton Way and walk into the Bus Station. Walk through the archway in the Bus Station and out on to Station Road. Continue forward into Clarence Street, at the end turn right into Eastgate Street. At the pedestrianised cross road continue forward into Westgate Street. Continue past the Cathedral and out of the pedestrainised area. St. Nicholas Church is just on the right.
|Opening Hours (24 Sept 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|