Known far and wide for it’s famous racecourse, the Regency town of Cheltenham is racing and much, much more. The town centre of Cheltenham is a truly wonderful place for shopping, dining and going out, one many Cotswold locals visit frequently and one visitors travel to from all over the country and, indeed, the World.
Cheltenham is what you might call a ‘designer town’, but not for the reasons you think. It is the complete opposite to most of the villages and towns in the Cotswolds that are known for their picturesque natural beauty and buildings that are all maintained and kept to look like they always have, in that this town was in fact designed in the 19th century specifically to appeal to wealthy visitors to the area. In it’s heyday it was a health resort of sorts and those with a lot of money to spend, were welcomed to this elegant town created just for their kind.
Most of the luxurious features and buildings in the town are still where they were and the luxurious feel has remained.
Montpellier in Cheltenham is the most exclusive and luxurious shopping district in all of the Cotswolds. Full of stylish independent boutiques and luxury brand names with everything from home wares and gifts, fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
Holst Birthplace Museum
Gustav Holst, an English composer and teacher, was best known for the orchestral suite The Planets. He was born on 4 Clarence Road in Cheltenham in 1874 and this building is now a museum honouring his life and promoting his music. An incredibly child-friendly museum, this should definitely be on your list of places to go for those interested in classical music.
Afternoon Tea at The Greenway
For a truly wonderful Afternoon Tea experience in Cheltenham, there is no better place than The Greenway, a 16th century luxurious Elizabethan Manor House and now a hotel, spa and restaurant. With an original grandfather clock setting the tone in the lobby, wooden floors, open fire and décor in soft gold and honey colours, you will be warmly welcomed to The Greenway for a meal of for a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea.
The Wilson Museum
A wonderful Art Gallery and Museum, The Wilson re-opened it’s doors in October 2013 having undergone a major refurbishment. Now displaying a wide range of fine art and touring exhibitions, the new gallery space allows the visitor to explore the wide variety of artists and fun shows for all the family.
The Chapel Spa
If you’re in Cheltenham and in need of a relaxing pamper session, The Chapel Spa has a varied selection of treatments as well as a fantastic spa pool for you to relax in. You don’t need to be a member to enjoy Chapel Spa, you can visit from a single hour or three, to half or a whole day.
The racecourse is famous near and far and when visiting Cheltenham or the Cotswolds during a race week, most definitely worth a visit if you’re a fan.
The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is an amazing building inside and out. The main auditorium, widely considered an architectural masterpiece, was designed by the English theatrical architect and designer Frank Matcham and revealed to the public in 1891. With ballets, dramas, music events and a yearly family pantomime on the list of events, the Everyman Theatre is one of the most popular cultural venues in Cheltenham and, indeed, the Cotswolds.