Located on the eastern bank of the River Severn, Gloucester's is home to 125,000 people and is a top historic destination in the UK. Economically, Gloucester is predominantly known for its service and financial sectors. Various insurance and mortgage-lending firms are based in the city. Rail links offer frequent train services to London, Bristol, Birmingham, and Cardiff.
Gloucester's 900-year-old cathedral, used in three Harry Potter films as part of Hogwarts School, is the city's centre point and world-renowned for its beauty. Roman ruins prove another popular tourist destination. Other sights in Gloucester include various medieval churches, the Gloucester City Museum, and Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester Rugby. Historic Victorian Gloucester Docks were described by Charles Dickens as extraordinary, and have now become a destination for dining, shopping, culture, and the arts.
Gloucester produced both Simon Pegg and the real life Ebenezer Scrooge, the man who inspired Dickens' character in A Christmas Carol.