Cheltenham Spa is a picturesque town in the heart of the Cotswolds. Cheltenam is easily accessible by car (M5 and A40) or by train (trains running to Bristol and the South West, Cardiff and the rest of Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands and North, and London and the South East). Whether you are visiting Cheltenham as a couple, as a family, or on your own discover what Cheltenham has to offer!
Pitville Pump Room
Pitville Pump Room is one of the best examples of regency architecture in Cheltenham. Originally built to pump the pure spring waters up out of the ground, it is what puts ‘Spa’ into Cheltenham Spa. It no longer pumps water up, however it is used for many high class functions such as jazz and classical concerts. Around the Pump Rooms are beautiful gardens containing lakes that you can hire a boat on in the summer months!
Cheltenham Racecourse is home to national hunt racing. The most famous set of races are the Gold Cup Festival races, where thousands of people come from all over the world to see the horses race. Outside of the race season, Cheltenham Racecourse is home to events such as the Wychwood Festival.
Holst Birthplace Museum
The Holst Birthplace museum was built to celebrate the life of the famous composer Gustav Holst. The museum gives an insight into the life of Gustav Holst (1874 to 1934), and an insight into Victorian era life.
Cheltenham Art Gallery
Cheltenham Art Gallery has a collection of art and crafts that are world renowned. Their collection includes paintings, and artefacts that give insights into the history of Cheltenham town.
Cheltenham hosts many festivals, including: The Wychwood festival (family friendly music festival of mixed genres), Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Greenbelt Music Festival, and many others.
The Imperial Square is in the centre of Cheltenham town. It is encirled by The Promenade. Imperial square is home to thousands of plants and flowers and is a very beautiful place to walk around.
Prescott Speed Hill Climb
Just outside Cheltenham, Prescott Hill Climb is a great motor racing venue. Prescott Hill Climb is host to many classic car and bike weekends. If you are a car enthusiast, this is a must visit!
Nature in Art
The Nature in Art museum is home to all kinds of art inspired by nature. They feature artists working away on their creations as well, so you can meet artisits inspired by nature!
Sudeley Castle was built in the 10th century AD. Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine Parr lived there for some time and is buried in the grounds. The castle is well preserved, and has fantastic gardens to walk around. Sudeley castle is a short drive away from Cheltenham.
Berkeley Castle is another good castle to visit. Out near Gloucester it is also a short drive away.
Chedworth Roman Villa
Chedworth Roman Villa is set in a wooded Cotswold Combe. The site was uncovered in 1864. It includes two bath houses, shrines, and many fine mosaics.
Park House Toy and Collectors Museum
Park House Toy and Collectors Museum has one of the best private toy collections in the world spanning many eras. It is located in Gloucester a short drive from Cheltenham.
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