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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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 afternoon tea and a glass of English Nyetimber whilst enjoying live jazz music
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.,...
Find out what makes Prestbury go bump in the night on a spooky trail of this Cotswolds village which claims to be one of the most haunted villages in England. Hear the strange tales of the Charging Cavalier, the Medieval Messenger, and Prestbury's...
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)
Join us for afternoon tea in the courtyard with live Jazz music
Brewerism has put together something new and different to do in Cheltenham. We do brewery tours, guided beer tastings, beer and food pairing, pub cellar visits, private and bespoke events and corporate dos… all of which are led by a friendly,...
Experience the darker side of the Regency facades by joining this spooky walk around Cheltenham where you will hear tales of unexplained supernatural events from around the town. You'll hear stories of supernatural maids at one of the town's major...
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...
Join wine lovers in the Regency splendour of The Pittville Pump Room to explore and taste from over 300 exciting wines at The Cheltenham Wine Festival. Enjoy your favourites and have fun discovering new ones from 20 countries including France,...
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...
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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...
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 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...
Why not come for the Open Race Weekend at Cheltenham Racecourse?
Stay with us for 3 nights and enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast
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
Located on the Cotswold Way, StarGlamping offers the freedom of camping without the hassle of ropes, tent pegs or rain.
PricePrices £30.00 to £50.00 Per unit per night