The state of the area was something that I had got completely wrong from what I was led to believe. Not masses of failed retail outlets as I had often reported, but some very successful ventures. It is clearly not designed to be a shopping area, that is left to the Gloucester Quays malls.
There were plenty of people milling around, looking at the variety of boats moored, it is only a few minutes walk from the city centre and a pleasant detour from the crowds doing their Christmas shopping.
I have certainly changed my impression of Gloucester Docks.
Well my impression of the dock are when I last went was that it was nice and close to the Warehouse Climbing Centre (link), but the City Council had been investing in the area; This time it has to be said the place was looking very clean and tidy; with money being invested in turning all the wear houses to trendy apartments, and little retail units on the ground floor; including a Brasserie, and a supermarket type thing.
All of these are a stones throw from Victoria Basin, and they are not the only retail units; there is a Sainsbury’s about half a mile down the canal, and Gloucester City Centre is about 5 minuets walk as well; oh and as Alan Tilbury also pointed out there is a toasted Cheese Sandwich shop.
There is a lovely little shop called Upstairs downstairs that lists itself as “Gloucester’s No 1 Antiques Emporium”. My mother loves the look of the place and spent a fair while looking round it with Emily when we went up as the three of us.
Oh and all of this is without mentioning Gloucester Quays outlet village that is almost on the door step.