Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a spa town in the county and great shopping and foodie destination. The town is the home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup, the key event of the horse racing festival held every March. The town hosts many festivals throughout the year, from literature to music.
Where To Stay
In the centre of Cheltenham, near to Pittville Park is The Portland is a very welcoming guesthouse. This is a marvellous place to stay and well decorated. As a bonus, they supply a fantastic full English breakfast to all guests.
There is a diverse range of hotels in Cheltenham ranging from five-star luxury to smaller independent boutique accommodation.
There are a variety of places to eat out in the city from nice exclusive restaurants, fine dining cafes and even many chain restaurants. There are many Vegan or Vegetarian eateries for you to choose from to suit most tastes.
Woodkraft is a new modern eatery on Regent Street near the Everyman Theatre that serve great food. Former MasterChef winner devised the menu and seems a very popular place to dine out.
Things To See or Do in Cheltenham
There are many visitor attractions to suit most tastes in the town and the rest of the local area.
Visit Pittville Pump Room
The Pittville Pump Room in Pittville Park was the last and largest of the spa buildings to be built in the town. They completed the Pump Room in 1825 and is now a grade 1 listed building. The architecture of this building is fantastic with a colonnade and lots of iconic columns. It still houses the original pump that was made from marble and scagliola.
Pittville Pump Room is open to the public to have a look around and is also a premier wedding venue. Inside this grand building is a ballroom, billiards room, a library and a reading room.
Regent Arcade Shopping Centre
The Regent Arcade Shopping centre has over 60 shops and is a great place to go shopping. The arcade houses both independent stores and some international brands. The arcade is home to the Wishing Fish Clock, what I believe to be the tallest mechanical clock in the world. The clock features a goose laying the mythical golden egg, mice evading a snake and a fish that blows bubbles every 30 minutes.
Dine out in the Brewery Quarter
The Brewery Quarter is located just off the High Street and is a one-stop-shop where you can shop, dine out and even stay the night.
The Brewery is home to some great restaurants like Mr Mulligans, a golf-themed restaurant, where you can play 18 holes of virtual golf. For beer lovers, Brewhouse and Kitchen microbrewery and bar call The Brewery Home. For those that like steak, Son of Steak is the place to visit. They serve a great menu and have some delicious options for flat iron steak including a vegan version.
The Brewery Quarter is home to Hollywood bowl for those that like 10-pin bowling or other entertainment such as the cinema. A gym is also on site or for those requiring space to work is HUB8 an innovative workspace. For shopping, the quarter includes shops like Tescos, Wilkos and urban outfitters to name a few.
Visit the Churchyard of St Mary’s Church
We also know Cheltenham Minster as St Mary’s Church, which is located just off the high street. The Minster is the only surviving medieval building in Cheltenham; it has been in use for 850 years.
They believe it to have replaced a Saxon church erected on this site in the 8th century. In the Domesday Book, the church and its land (the rectory) were recorded as belonging to William the Conqueror’s chancellor. The grounds are a nice place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street.
Have Fun in Cheltenham’s Parks
There are a few parks in the town centre the two most notable are Pittville Park. The park is home to the iconic Pittville Pump House and boating lake. The park is magnificent for walking and includes 2 lakes and a few cafes for refreshments.
The other being closer to the centre called Sandford Park. Both are great locations for a walk, picnic or to relax in the sun. Sandford park has some impressive fountains, nice trees and some beautiful flowerbeds.
Visit Various Museums & Art Galleries
Cheltenham has a rich choice of museums to visit, one option for music lovers is The Holst Birthplace Museum. The Wilson, which also doubles as an art gallery, has an excellent collection of exhibits.