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City of Gloucester shown within Gloucestershire
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South West England|
|Status||Non-metropolitan district, city|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Gloucester City Council|
|• Leadership||Mayor & Cabinet ( )|
|• MPs||Richard Graham|
|• Total||15.65 sq mi (40.54 km2)|
|Area rank||289th (of 326)|
|• Rank||(of 326)|
|• Ethnicity||84.6% White British|
4.6% White Other
2.9% Black or Black British
2.9% Mixed Race
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||23UE (ONS)|
|OS grid reference||SO832186|
The annual Three Choirs Festival, which started in the eighteenth century and one of the oldest music festivals in Europe, takes place in Gloucester every third year. The other places the festival is held are Hereford and Worcester.
Gloucester Rugby, founded in 1873, play here. The team plays in the Guinness Premiership, the top level of English rugby. Their homeground is Kingsholm.
The M5 motorway by-passes Gloucester.
The A38, A40, A417, A430, A4301, A4302, B4008, B4063, B4072 and B4073 roads pass through Gloucester.
Gloucester has a station in the middle of the city.