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Cheltenham
Travel Guide

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This town in England’s picturesque Cotswolds region is famous for regency architecture, pristine parks, lively shopping districts and horse racing.

Cheltenham is a lively spa town renowned for its handsome architecture, glorious parks, stylish shopping districts, festivals and sporting events. Cheltenham is in the heart of the Cotswolds, a picturesque region of meadows, hills and historic towns in south-central England. The town rose to prominence in the 1700s after the discovery of a natural spring, which attracted esteemed visitors such as King George III.

The focal points of Cheltenham are the tree-lined Promenade and fashionable Montpellier Walk. Find independent boutiques, eclectic restaurants and lively pubs inside graceful 19th-century buildings. Nearby, Imperial Square and Gardens is surrounded by colorful flower displays and Georgian houses. Relax in Montpellier Gardens, the setting for summer concerts and food and jazz festivals.

Visit local museums to learn about the town’s long history and famous sons. The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum has ancient artifacts and celebrates local pioneers, including Antarctic explorer, Edward Wilson. Discover the life of revered composer Gustav Holst at the Holst Birthplace Museum. Enjoy an evening of music or theatrical entertainment at the Cheltenham Town Hall or century-old Everyman Theatre.

Cheltenham has numerous public parks. Centrally located Sandford Park features an ornamental garden, fountains and an outdoor swimming pool. A short walk from the town center is Pittville Park, with sprawling green lawns, a boating lake, aviaries, a golf course and skate park. Be sure to sample the medicinal spa water at the park’s architecturally impressive Pittville Pump Room.

Enjoy the thrill of horse racing at Cheltenham Racecourse. In March it’s the setting for one of the world’s most prestigious events, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Festivals held here, such as June’s Wychwood Festival, welcome famous bands and musicians.

Although a fascinating town in its own right, Cheltenham is also a short drive from some of England’s other appealing destinations. Bath, Bristol and Birmingham are just over 50 miles (80 kilometers) away, easily reachable via trains and buses. Alternatively, board the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for a steam train journey through the quaint towns and villages of the Cotswolds.

Malmaison Cheltenham
Malmaison Cheltenham
4 out of 5
Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £73 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in Cheltenham, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Imperial Gardens and Cheltenham Town Hall. Cheltenham Racecourse is 1.9 mi (3 km) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (405 reviews)
"Comfortable, quiet room. Located close to the town centre."

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2021

Malmaison Cheltenham
London Inn
London Inn
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £75 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in Cheltenham, this property is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cheltenham Town Hall and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Cheltenham Racecourse. Cotswolds and Cheltenham General ...
3.9/5Good! (317 reviews)
Disappointing second stay
"This was my second stay this year and unfortunately not as good as the first. The food service in the evening was very slow, I had to wait 50 minutes for my meal to arrive. When I went back to my room I then had to endure loud thumping music from downstairs until gone 11:00pm. The only plus point ..."

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

London Inn
The George Cheltenham
The George Cheltenham
3.5 out of 5
Saint George's Road, Cheltenham, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £85 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in Cheltenham, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Imperial Gardens and Cheltenham Town Hall. Cheltenham Racecourse is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Cheltenham ...
The George Cheltenham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hotel Apartments ByDesign
Hotel Apartments ByDesign
4 out of 5
Beckhampton street, Swindon, England
The price is £86 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Located in the heart of Swindon, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Lovely apartment would definitely stay again"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

Hotel Apartments ByDesign
Cosy top Floor Apartment - Home Away From Home
Cosy top Floor Apartment - Home Away From Home
8 Hay Leaze, Elm House, Bristol, ENG
The price is £99 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
Situated in Bristol, this apartment building is within 12 miles (20 km) of Dyrham Park, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and Thornbury Castle. Southmead Hospital and ...
Cosy top Floor Apartment - Home Away From Home
Elegantly Furnished Former Barn in Quiet Rural Spot, South Cotswolds
Elegantly Furnished Former Barn in Quiet Rural Spot, South Cotswolds
Bagstone Court Barn, Bagstone Road, Bagstone, Wotton-under-Edge, ENG
The price is £144 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly holiday home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Thornbury Castle, Cattle Country Adventure Park and The Players Golf ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Enjoyable Stay
"We found the property easy to find following owners instructions. Property was clean and well equipped for our two night stay. Excellent place to break a long journey up. The Owners were very pleasant and helpful. Will definitely use again."

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Elegantly Furnished Former Barn in Quiet Rural Spot, South Cotswolds
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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