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Cheltenham: A Cultural Hub in the Cotswolds
Interspersing history with contemporary attractions, Cheltenham is popular with visitors of all ages. As you walk the streets and take in the elegant architecture, the heritage of the town’s 18th and 19th century glory days presents itself in spectacular fashion. The area also boasts a healthy amount of shopping and dining options, while the annual Cheltenham Festival is an event famous with fans of horseracing.
History & Culture
As it is known in some circles as the Cheltenham Spa due to its history as a pleasure health resort, it is little wonder that the town celebrates this aspect of its culture. Along with various spas where you can indulge in some much needed relaxation, the Pittville Pump Room – which is a Grade I listed building that dates back to 1825 – is a fabulous example of the grandeur that Cheltenham possesses with regards to its spa heritage. In terms of museums, The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum features an array of exhibits, events and exhibitions throughout the year. And when it comes to iconic landmarks, the 1893 Neptune’s Fountain is one of the most photographed spots in all of Cheltenham. The cultural splendour of the town is not exclusive to attractions, either. When choosing from one of the hotels or guest houses in the area, some will display historical characteristics. The Cheltenham Park Hotel, for example, is a celebrated choice that’s set within a traditional Georgian manor house and surrounded by picturesque gardens.
Fun for All
Away from the history side of things, Cheltenham provides plenty of fun and activities for travellers of all ages. The Cheltenham Racecourse is one of the big draws for many visitors, with races taking place throughout the year. As it is positioned outside the town centre, there are hotels conveniently situated near to the racecourse – ideal for those exclusively travelling to this attraction. Although if you are in search of family-friendly things to do, a trip to the Cotswold Farm Park is a great place to view and interact with an assortment of farm animals. The Sandford Parks Lido is an ideal spot for swimming in a large heated outdoor pool, and further fun can be had driving at the Prescott Speed Hill Climb. For something a little more relaxing – and boozy – you can plan a journey to the Brennen & Brown Distillery, which offers the chance to tour around a distillery and creating your very own bottle of gin.
Shop till you Drop
If you are seeking the chance to buy some gifts and treats, you will have many opportunities to do so when in Cheltenham. This is because the town is equipped with an abundance of stores that contain everything you could possibly want to purchase! For shopaholics, Montpellier is a popular district that includes chic boutique shops that are set within buildings full of regal character. Although if you want to find places that are a little more familiar, Cheltenham High Street is home to a wide selection of high street retailers that supply plenty of bargains and must-buy items. And if you are looking for a mixture of famous chains and independent establishments, paying a visit to the Regent Arcade Shopping Centre is recommended. Situated on the outskirts of Cheltenham, this shopping centre boasts over 60 stores, giving you ample chances to find the perfect present for family and friends… Or yourself!
Food & Drink
Looking for a place where you can dine out and enjoy a tasty meal? Perhaps a lively bar where you can party the night away? Maybe even a venue that combines both of the aforementioned aspects? Well you are in luck, as Cheltenham is a haven for food and drink options. As far as restaurants go, the town is fortunate to have a healthy selection of fine dining picks, with the finest in international gastronomy served. Yet eating in a formal setting is far from mandatory, as the town is not short of eateries where you can grab a quick, inexpensive meal that will more than satisfy your taste buds. Yet if grabbing a drink is part of your travelling vocation, you will be thrilled to note that numerous bar choices populate the town. So whether you are on a quest to find a trendy nightclub complete with a raucous atmosphere or a traditional pub encompassing a warm ambience and plenty of beverages to choose from, Cheltenham’s nightlife scene is certainly worth sampling.