Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

Formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, stands north of the city. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter. The Cathedral is free to visit and and is also home to Gloucester’s great Cloister, famous for its magnificent fan vaulting, which is believed to be the earliest example in England dating from 1412.

The cloister was made famous with filming for various Harry Potter filmsIn Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonethe troll who smashed up the girls’ toilet, trapping Hermione, walked along the north side of the Cloisters while Harry and Ron hid in the Lavatorium just around the corner. The south side doubled as a corridor in Gryffindor, with the door at the west end of the passage being the entrance to the Common Room.

Scenes were also filmed here for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and draw even more visitors here to take pictures and relive the magic of the films. 

Gloucester Cathedral is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Gloucester Quays

Gloucester Quays

Set in a stunning waterside location, Gloucester Quays is a thriving leisure quarter, featuring an outlet shopping centre, multi-screen cinema and the Waterways Museum.

Shop and stay! Book a room at Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel and relax with us after your shopping trip.

Gloucester Quays has ample parking and is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies

The end of University and College life is a big moment for anyone. That’s why you want the occasion to be as memorable as possible.

Friends, family and fellow students all make such days great fun and something to be remembered forever.

We can help with every aspect of planning and coordinating a graduation party or ceremony, so that everyone is sure to have an incredible time.


Celebrate Prom Night in style!

Celebrate the end of exams, the end of school and the end of an era with our great Prom Packages.

We’ll help you make sure the party goes off in style, with up to 250 Prom Kings and Queens.

Let us take the strain of planning, so that the guests can get down to the serious business of partying.

Masonic Lodge Events

Masonic Lodge Events

When it comes to your event, Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel is here to help you. From your planning and preparation through to your event, we can create the perfect package to accommodate your guests and suit all budgets.

Set within 12 acres of stunning grounds the hotel is the perfect venue for exciting break out activities such as archery or clay pigeon shooting. The hotel has 72 bedrooms, free parking for 150 cars and event spaces accommodating up to 200 guests. Make the most of free high speed WiFi in all areas and wheelchair access throughout most of the hotel, along with adapted bedrooms for disabled guests.

From £149 per person, enjoy a 2 night stay with breakfast each morning, in a Classic room, or upgrade to a Privilege room for an extra £20. We’ll help you plan a gala dinner with a Prosecco arrival drink, half a bottle of house wine to accompany a meal tailored to your requirements, event room hire and DJ.

Baby Showers in Gloucester

Baby Showers in Gloucester

There isn’t a better way to celebrate your Baby Shower in style than with our superb inclusive package. Bring friends and family to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and great food and drink options from just £32 per person.

We can help you to plan every aspect of the happy day to ensure that it’s perfect, leaving you to enjoy every minute of your celebration.

Our inclusive Baby Shower package from just £32 per person includes:

  • Event host
  • Peach Bellini on arrival
  • Afternoon Tea
  • A cluster of baby blue or baby pink balloons

Served in the Bar and Brasserie at Bowden Hall Restaurant.

This package is based on a minimum of 15 guests. For smaller groups, contact us directly. Upgrade options include finger buffet options and drinks packages at an additional charge.

Terms and conditions apply.

Christenings, Naming Ceremonies and Communions

Christenings, Naming Ceremonies and Communions

Choose Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel to honour and celebrate your child’s Christening, naming ceremony or Communion.

Gather with friends and family in a welcoming environment and savour one of the great moments of life.

We can help you to plan every aspect of the happy day to ensure that it’s perfect.

Funeral wake venues in Gloucester

Planning a Funeral Wake

Losing your loved one can be difficult, and planning a wake for a funeral can be overwhelming, but we are here to provide an excellent range of services, and our venue can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Our highly experienced team will help you organize the wake at our beautiful venue in Gloucester and will arrange a funeral reception, managing caterers, florists, room layouts and everything else involved with a gathering of this nature.

Our experienced staff at Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel are here to help and can tend to your requirements with the sensitivity and professionalism you would expect.

From £10 per person, choose from a range of flexible menu options for your reception. From morning and afternoon teas to finger buffets and sit-down meals, let us know what you’d like, and we’ll make it happen. We also offer a range of drink packages to suit your budget.

You can find us at this address:
Bondend Lane
Upton St Leonards

Bicester Village

Bicester Village

Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the ultimate shopping destination.

Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, Bicester Village is located in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, only 20 mins away from Oxford.

Find boutiques of leading British and international luxury fashion brands with savings of up to 60%* all year round, including Alexander McQueen, Armani, Bally, Coach, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Saint Laurent Paris, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Valentino and many more.

So much to enjoy, whether it’s browsing prestigious boutiques, or sampling fine food and drink in the Village’s cafés and restaurants.

Woodchester Valley Vineyard

Woodchester Valley

Woodchester Valley is a family owned boutique vineyard and winery in the South Cotswolds, with three vineyard sites in the Stroud valleys, producing a range of still white, rosé and sparkling wines.

Visit Woodchester Valley Vineyard and go on a journey of discovery through the vineyard, into the winery and finally into the glass and learn all about the fascinating world of viticulture in the UK. Try a selection of unique Cotswold still and sparkling wines and ‘drink in’ the Cotswold views in the tasting room.

Find out more about the award winning wines from the Cotswolds by booking your visit today!

Woodchester Valley Vineyard is only 30 minutes drive from the hotel.