Cheltenham Spa Tourist Information & Visitor Guide
Cheltenham has been welcoming visitors for almost three hundred years, ever since the discovery of the first natural spring in 1716 led to the development of this fashionable, vibrant, Regency spa town with its painted stucco facades and intricate ironwork balconies. It has an exceptional range of quality accommodation, fabulous cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants, with outside seating areas offering a café culture and cosmopolitan atmosphere, and award-winning stylish shopping.
As cultural centre for the Cotswolds, it has an abundance of fantastic festivals all year round, from horseracing at The Festival in March culminating in the Gold Cup, through to the internationally renowned four main festivals of Jazz, Science, Music and Literature. With Poetry, Food and Drink, Ukulele, Cricket, the popular family Wychwood Festival and even a new Wine Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Comedy, dance, concerts and a wide variety of entertainment take place in many venues including Cheltenham Town Hall, Everyman Theatre and Bacon Theatre, with music to suit all tastes in pubs and bars. At The Brewery Centre visit the IMAX cinema or go ten-pin bowling. Good sports and leisure facilities are also available at the sports centre LeisureatCheltenham.
Not to be missed is The Wilson, Gloucestershire’s premier museum & art gallery, hosting critically acclaimed exhibitions, an internationally important Arts & Crafts collection and information on the Antarctic explorer Edward Wilson, who was born in Cheltenham in 1872. Other famous Cheltenham sons include Gustav Holst (b. 1874), whose birthplace you can visit and don’t forget the magnificent Grade I listed Pittville Pump Room in Pittville Park, where you can still taste the spa waters (Wed – Sun events permitting). Cheltenham is renowned for its beautiful floral displays, to be found in Cheltenham’s parks and gardens - visit Sandford Park with its 1930s open air lido. 14th century St Mary’s Minster with its stained glass and rose window, is the oldest building in Cheltenham and well worth a visit. Stroll around Montpellier or The Suffolks for a village feel and boutique shops and cafes. There is something to surprise you around every corner from the Michelin two-starred restaurant Le Champignon Sauvage, to a converted art deco cinema - The Daffodil restaurant.
A popular academic destination, see the neo-Gothic school buildings of Cheltenham College and the Ladies’ College built in the French-Gothic style with a remarkable bronze dome, with The Neptune Fountain on the Promenade and the caryatids in Montpellier (armless ladies) based on those on Athens’ Acropolis also well worth seeing.
Cheltenham is an ideal place to stay for touring around the Cotswolds, particularly around The Romantic road touring route. It has good airport, train, bus and National Express links and is less than a hundred miles from London, providing easy access from all parts of the UK and overseas.
For further information visit www.visitcheltenham.com or call in at Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre at The Wilson in Clarence Street.
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A programme bursting with superstar names, jazz legends and exclusive performances.
Love Food? Visiting Cheltenham? Discover the wonderful flavours and local food delights of this Cotswold spa town. Enjoy 6 authentic taste sensations. Explore the delectable eateries and dining quarters while learning about how Cheltenham became a...
The UK’s premiere science event, explore ideas that make your world go round… debate, discussion, shows, talks, comedy, cabaret, workshops, free hands-on Discover Zone exhibition…
Imperial Square, Cheltenham
Every autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lover’s dream – over 600 of the finest writers, actors, politicians, poets & leading opinion-formers celebrate the joy of the written word.
Join us for Sunday lunch with live jazz music
Located on the outskirts of the Regency town of Cheltenham, The Greenway is a 16th century luxury Elizabethan manor house hotel and spa. The 21 bedroom hotel, with its warm Cotswold stone exterior is the picture of English country charm and lies in e
PricePrices £130.00 to £465.00 Per room (breakfast included)
The last Saturday in January provides racegoers with the chance to savour some great racing action, as the momentum of the season builds towards The Festival in March.
The popular, annual Whiteway Fete is a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family and takes place this year on Sunday 4 September, from 2pm to 5pm - with live music, traditional games, stalls offering home made produce, crafts, plants, books, etc.,...
One of the greatest choral works ever written, the 'Matthew Passion' of JS Bach stands as a monument to the genius of the composer, and is one of the most dramatic and beautiful oratorios in the repertoire. This performance, as part of the choir's...
A wonderful opportunity to see how this stylish country house hotel can make your special day complete and total perfection. With a wide range of exhibitors on hand to show you how they can make your day an experience to cherish for a lifetime
Ellenborough Park is a majestic country house situated adjacent to the famous Cheltenham racecourse in the village of Southam, just outside Cheltenham, England.
PricePrices £240.00 to £850.00 Per room (breakfast included)
The Festival epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about Jump racing, whilst delivering an unbelievable occasion as the finest horses, jockeys, owners and trainers battle it out for the highest racing honours.
The second annual Cheltenham Real Ale Festival, organised by the Cheltenham CAMRA branch, will be bigger and better than last year. Join us for the August Bank Holiday to enjoy around 100 casks of ale, 30 ciders & perries and a range of craft canned...
The April Meeting gives you the chance to enjoy two weekday fixtures. Even though the season is beginning to wind down, there is still great action on the track and The April Meeting is usually blessed by springtime sunshine too!
Tweedy The Clown and William Elliott as Dame Trott return for the Everyman's most gigantic pantomime yet.
Don't miss Jack's adventures in Cloud Cuckoo Land, packed with
slapstick, laughs, a giant and even a comedy cow.
There will be an audio...
Visitors can walk through the ten acre garden at Colesbourne Park with its woodland and lakeside paths, the new Spring Garden and the formal garden to see huge banks of snowdrops, hellebores and other winter plants.
The Christmas Show at The Guild at 51 brings together new handcrafted work from our members suitable as gifts over the seasonal period. The shop is full with unique work; ceramics, jewellery, glass, wood work, clothing, basketry and more. A great...
Planning on visiting the amazing Cheltenham Racecourse?...If so, click here to get the latest information direct from the official Cotswolds tourism site!
Challenging the adage, "too nice to use", Beautility is a pilot showcase project celebrating the functional and fine-looking combined, encouraging the user to take confidence and pride in enjoying beautiful domestic wares. Beautility is a selling...
Cheltenham Choral Society invite you to join them for their Charity Carol Concert 'A Tapestry of Christmas Music'. They will be performing a mix of traditional and new carols with Airthrie and Prestbury St.Mary's Schools also delighting you with...