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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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.
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…
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...
Coberley, Gloucester And Longhope
SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD | 3 BREWERIES | 5 HOURS | 12:15 – 17:30
Includes your enthusiastic guide, transportation by minibus, plentiful beer samples and a savoury snack!
Join us for our first microbrewery tour outside of Cheltenham! We're...
Cheltenham Bach Choir launches its 70th Anniversary Season with two of the most exciting and popular choral works in the repertoire. The Dixit Dominus by Handel is full of thrilling choruses, arias and sublime duets, the work of a composer at the...
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...
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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...
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!
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)
An award-winning independent music festival in the picturesque Cotswolds.
Basketmaker Susan Early will set up a temporary workshop in the window of the Guild at 51. She will be demonstrating her process and making work to sell that will then become the finished exhibition.
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)
Cheltenham Racecourse's season finale gives the amateur jockeys their chance to take centre stage at racing's own ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
Join us for afternoon tea in the courtyard with live Jazz music
Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design brings together the work of around 70 of the finest contemporary artisan furniture makers, supported by selected work from other disciplines such as jewellery, art and ceramics, for an unparalleled display of...