Marianne and I really enjoyed our visit to Gloucester, though it was
tiring as we left home at 6.30 am and didn't return until after 9.00
pm. Thankfully, it didn't rain at all, in fact the sun even came out
for a while.
The first thing we did on arrival was join a walking tour of the
docks. This lasted an hour and proved very interesting. Some of the
docks area has already been restored and, as Richard mentioned, much
of the rest is shortly to be renovated. However, it has been decided
to leave one building in a rather dilapidated condition to be used
for filming. And it was this building, we were informed, which had
been used in The Onedin Line. Needless to say, we took a number of
A couple of tall ships were tied up in the docks for restoration.
Apparently, most of the work is carried out between the autumn and
spring so don't go in summer if you hope to see any.
We also had a forty-five minute boat trip down the canal, went round
the National Waterways Museum, paid a quick visit to the cathedral
and had a walk through the shopping centre.
Marianne picked up a paperback copy of Malcolm Macdonald's "The
Silver Highways" which was based on an idea by Peter Gilmore – the
book has a dedication to him. We also bought a few postcards of the
While we are very glad we visited Gloucester, it is certainly not
Dartmouth or even Exeter. We would recommend the city to anyone
wishing to see where The Onedin Line was filmed but whereas we are
definitely going to pay another visit to Dartmouth, one was
sufficient for Gloucester.