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Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

Discover interesting items from the stories of Cheltenham’s local heroes, to works by Dutch masters and ancient treasures in the villages of Gloucestershire.

Visit the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, also known as the Wilson, to discover centuries of local and international history. Explore the lives of Cheltenham’s famous sons and daughters and learn about the Roman-era traditions of the Cotswolds. Browse exhibits of art, ceramics, photography, metalwork and woodcarvings. The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1899 and today presents a through-the-ages portrayal of one of England’s finest Regency towns.

A major attraction of the museum is its showcase of the lifestyles and landscapes of the Cotswold region from the prehistoric era to the present day. Find displays of the colorful plants and animals that inhabit the town’s surrounding countryside. See examples of the handmade tools used to build typical Cotswold stone houses. Admire the paintings that represent rural activities in the nearby hamlet of Dixton.

Retrace Cheltenham’s development from a market town to a Regency spa in the Cheltenham History Galleries. Among its many objects are decorative china, drawings and prints. Spot Neolithic hunting weapons and housewares excavated at Roman villas. View a collection of antiquities from ancient civilizations, including an Egyptian mummy’s foot and an ornamental Greek vase.

Retrace the adventures of Edward Wilson, a locally born explorer who accompanied Captain Robert Falcon Scott on his Antarctica expeditions. Check out Wilson’s fur snowsuit and watercolors, which depict the harsh Antarctic conditions.

Wander through the art galleries, where you’ll find paintings and sculptures that date back to the Renaissance period. The work by Dutch artists Gerrit Dou and Rachel Ruysch form part of the museum’s original collection. Don’t miss the exhibits dedicated to the artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement, most notably the celebrated William Morris.

Located in Cheltenham’s town center, the museum is a short walk from other town attractions. Stroll along the chic Promenade shopping avenue and relax on the exquisite lawns of the Imperial Gardens.

The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum is open daily and has free admission. Reserve a guided tour for a fee. For more information and details of temporary exhibitions, visit the museum’s official website.


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Citrus Hotel Cheltenham by Compass Hospitality £49
Citrus Hotel Cheltenham by Compass Hospitality

Citrus Hotel Cheltenham by Compass Hospitality

Wellington Street, Cheltenham, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Cheltenham, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cheltenham Town Hall and Everyman Theatre. Cheltenham General Hospital and University of Gloucestershire are also within 15 minutes. Cheltenham Spa Station is 27 minutes by foot.

    Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham £53
    Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham

    Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Cheltenham, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Racecourse and Cheltenham General Hospital. University of Gloucestershire and Tewkesbury Abbey are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cheltenham Spa Station is 26 minutes by foot.

      Cotswold Grange £89
      Cotswold Grange

      Cotswold Grange

         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pittville Park, Cheltenham Town Hall and Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. Cheltenham General Hospital and University of Gloucestershire are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        55 St James Walk
        55 St James Walk

        55 St James Walk

        55 St James Walk , Honeybourne Way, Cheltenham, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Cheltenham, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and Cheltenham Town Hall. Cheltenham Racecourse is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away. Cheltenham Spa Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Elliot Oliver - Executive 2 Bedroom Garden Apartment
          Elliot Oliver - Executive 2 Bedroom Garden Apartment

          Elliot Oliver - Executive 2 Bedroom Garden Apartment

          Apartment 1, 117A Saint George's Road, Cheltenham, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Cheltenham, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and Cheltenham Town Hall. Cheltenham Racecourse is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away. Cheltenham Spa Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Luxury Apartments - 10 St. James
            Luxury Apartments - 10 St. James

            Luxury Apartments - 10 St. James

            Jessop Avenue, Cheltenham, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Cheltenham, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and Cheltenham Town Hall. Cheltenham Racecourse is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away. Cheltenham Spa Station is 16 minutes by foot.

              Butlers £89
              Butlers

              Butlers

              Western Road, Cheltenham, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cheltenham, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and Cheltenham Town Hall. Cheltenham Racecourse is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away. Cheltenham Spa Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                Mayville House Apartment £144
                Mayville House Apartment

                Mayville House Apartment

                Mayville House, Knapp Road, St James Square, Cheltenham, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cheltenham, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and Cheltenham Town Hall. Cheltenham Racecourse is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Cheltenham Spa Station is 19 minutes by foot.