Located in the South West of England, Gloucestershire is a county of mixed terrain and natural beauty. Different parts of the county are home to valleys of the River Severn, the Cotswold Hills, and the Forest of Dean.
In July 2007, Gloucestershire experienced flooding worse than any in recorded British history. Estimated at over £2 billion, the damage was comprehensive and affected tens of thousands of the county's residents. Fortunately, Gloucestershire has managed to recover very quickly from the disaster, partly through an increased emphasis in attracting tourism to the historic county in the last few years. The top three attractions in the county are all religious: the church of Cirencester, the abbey church of Tewkesbury, and the magnificent cathedral of Gloucester.
In recent years the county has featured in many popular films. Most notably, the largest part of the penultimate Harry Potter film takes place in the Forest of Dean, where Harry, Hermione, and (for some of the time) Ron are hiding. Also, the violently perfect town of Sandford in Hot Fuzz is placed in rural Gloucester, where lead actor and writer Simon Pegg grew up.