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CheltenhamUnited Kingdom

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.

Top hotels in Cheltenham

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Doubletree by Hilton Cheltenham
Doubletree by Hilton Cheltenham
4 out of 5

Situated in Cheltenham, this spa hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Cheltenham General Hospital and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Cheltenham Town Hall. University of Gloucestershire ...

3.9/5Good! (894 reviews)

"Reception staff ok bar staff excellent room immacuate pool fantastic ."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Doubletree by Hilton Cheltenham
Citrus Hotel Cheltenham by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Hotel Cheltenham by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
Wellington Street, Cheltenham, England
£54
per night
13 Apr-14 Apr

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (438 reviews)

"Right in the centre of town. Nothing I didn’t like"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Citrus Hotel Cheltenham by Compass Hospitality
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cheltenham
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cheltenham
4 out of 5
Parabola Road, Cheltenham, England

Situated in Cheltenham, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Imperial Gardens and Cheltenham Town Hall. Cheltenham Racecourse is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (332 reviews)

"The staff were extremely helpful and friendly made the stay thoroughly enjoyable."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cheltenham

Popular things to do in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Town Hall
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Cheltenham Town Hall

4/5(25 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Cheltenham when you make a stop at a well-known site such as Cheltenham Town Hall. Wander the area's picturesque gardens or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Sudeley Castle
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Sudeley Castle

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Uncover centuries of royal history amid the halls, gardens and art exhibitions of this 15th-century castle set in the shadow of the Cotswold Hills.

Chedworth Roman Villa
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Chedworth Roman Villa

5/5(3 reviews)

Roman-British history comes to life at the bathhouses, mosaics and museum of this ancient villa set in the picturesque Cotswold countryside.

Pittville Park
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Pittville Park

5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Pittville Park, a lovely green space in Cheltenham. Make time to visit the area's spas or simply enjoy its lively bars.

The Promenade
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The Promenade

Find out about the history of Cheltenham with a stop at The Promenade. Wander the area's picturesque gardens or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Pitville Pump Room
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Pitville Pump Room

Marvel at the elegance of this fine Regency building, sample natural spa water, attend classical music concerts and relax on perfectly groomed lawns.

Top activities in Cheltenham

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK

£9
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of United Kingdom
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of United Kingdom

£17
Per adult
Cotswold & Shakespeare Country Private Tour 10 Hours for 1-3
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Cotswold & Shakespeare Country Private Tour 10 Hours for 1-3

£635
Per adult
Discover Shakespeare's Country and Cotswolds
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Discover Shakespeare's Country and Cotswolds

£55
Per adult
Shakespeare's Family Homes Tickets
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Shakespeare's Family Homes Tickets

88% of travellers recommend
£10
Per adult
Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds with Lunch Pack
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Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds with Lunch Pack

£80
Per adult

Reviews of Cheltenham

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
172
5 - Excellent 48.31460674157304%
4 - Good
140
4 - Good 39.325842696629216%
3 - Okay
34
3 - Okay 9.55056179775281%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.9662921348314606%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.8426966292134831%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Mar 2020

a great place to relax

4/5 - Good

Jenny

26 Feb 2020

Lovely town - we caught the last day of 'Light up Cheltenham' Pubs were lovely. Dined at the Giggling Squid which was average - shocked at how expensive it was! £90 for 2 mains and 2 sides with one glass of red wine and 2 small bottles of beer

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Good place for a night out.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

The main shopping area is pretty much like any other in a town of this size. The area around the hotel, however, is lovely.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jan 2020

We had a great time and enjoyed travelling and walking around the area of the hotel

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

Didn’t visit city , only attending function in hotel