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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The Festival at Cheltenham is the shining jewel in Jump racing's crown. It is four days of magic, madness and magnificence, played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills.
An award-winning independent music festival in the picturesque Cotswolds.
Gloucester Cheese Rolling will return on Monday 30th May 2016.
Treat your dad to a three course lunch and we'll treat him to a free gift!
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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
Treat your mum to a three course lunch and we'll treat her to a free gift!
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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.
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 and a glass of English Nyetimber whilst enjoying live jazz music
The venue for 17 race meetings, featuring The Festival in March and The Open in November, plus conference, events, Sunday market & music festivals.
Join us for afternoon tea in the courtyard with live Jazz music
Join us for an afternoon of poetry in the lounge. Whilst you are with us, enjoy a cream tea or a glass of house wine
Fresh from its sell-out run at the National Portrait Gallery in London, this exhibition is an exclusive opportunity to see beautiful photographic portraits exploring the life and career of Audrey Hepburn. Tracing her career from her early years as a...