Gloucestershire (/ˈɡlɒstərʃər/ (listen), /-ʃɪər/ (listen); formerly reduced as Gloucs. in print but now often as Glos.) is a county in South West England. The county comprises portion of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fruitful valley of the River Severn, and the complete Forest of Dean.
The county town is the city of Gloucester, and new principal towns append Cheltenham, Stroud, Tewkesbury, Cirencester and Dursley.
Gloucestershire borders Herefordshire to the north west, Wiltshire to the south, Bristol and Somerset to the south west, Worcestershire to the north, Oxfordshire to the east, Warwickshire to the north east, and the Welsh county of Monmouthshire to the west.
The current Gloucestershire County Council Place does not have the same geographical boundaries as the historic county. Some northern parts of the county, including Long Marston and Welford-on-Avon, were transferred to Warwickshire in 1931. Following the Local Government Act 1972, some southern parts of the county were transferred to the additional county of Avon, which ceased to exist on 1 April 1996. After 1996, the city of Bristol and South Gloucestershire became remove unitary authorities.