Cheltenham UK – in and near the City Centre
Cheltenham, located in the county of Gloucestershire, in the southwestern part of England, is the perfect place to indulge in British refinement and elegance. While it has been a spa town since the 17th century, it is now most celebrated for its admirable Regency architecture, as well as for the world famous Gold Cup horse racing event it hosts annually.
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Cotswold Farm Park is the home of the Rare Breed Conservation with over 50 breading flocks and herds of our rarest British farm animals on the top of the Cotswolds. Attractions include pets corner, touch barn, adventure playground, plus lambing, shearing and other seasonal demonstrations.
Local attractions within driving distance from town include Prinknash Abbey, home of the Benedictine Roman Catholic Community where you can learn about monastic life. Sudeley Castle was once the property of King Ethelred the Unready, later home to Queen Katherine Parr and garrison headquarters of Prince Rupert during the Civil War. The Castle houses an impressive collection of furniture and paintings.
Whether it is for a short term holiday, a long weekend gateway or even just one night, the city has a lot to offer and cheap accommodation options in Cheltenham are available, including apartment lets and private rentals in the city centre or further on the outskirts.
What to see and do during your stay
One of the most interesting features of Cheltenham is without a doubt the wonderful architecture of its buildings, which give the town an air of royalty and timelessness.
During your holiday, you will have the opportunity to admire some of its most impressive landmarks, many of which were built in the Regency style. If you are a lover of nature, don’t miss the Imperial Gardens near the Promenade, especially if you visit during summer.
After those leisurely strolls around town, enjoy some cultural visits at the Art Gallery and Museum, for some interesting arts & crafts creations, or at the Holst Birthplace Museum, which contains not only some of the 19th century composer’s personal items but also examples of Victorian, Edwardian and Regency architecture and interior decoration.
Another thing the town is famous for is the great number of festivals organized throughout the year. From March to October, specifically, you will be able to attend a variety of events, including the renowned Gold Cup race, part of the yearly Festival held in March. Other festivities include the International Jazz Festival, the Science Festival and the Cricket Festival, to name just a few.
Cheap apartment rental or holiday flat : choose your accommodation !
Cheltenham offers a wide range of options in terms of accommodation, including short term rentals, b&b’s and affordable hotels. The city centre and Montpellier district are probably two of the best areas to stay in, especially if you are visiting only for a weekend or one night.
If you fancy quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods dotted with small shops, Montpelier is probably your best bet. Choosing among the cheap apartments to rent available around the Promenade will also allow you to enjoy lovely walks in a delightful setting as often as you desire.
If you prefer being in the heart of the action and intend on visiting your favorite British chain stores, the High Street is where you should look for holiday rentals. In case your short term stay involves a late arrival or early departure, consider staying either close to the train station or along the bus D line, to avoid unnecessary stress and transport difficulties.
This bus actually offers connections between the station and the racecourse, via the city centre, and terminates at Bishop’s Cleeve, a lovely village in the Cotswolds that you may want to explore during your holiday.
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Main City Train Station
Main railway station ?
The mainline train station is Cheltenham Spa Railway station, approximately 1 mile west from the town center. The station is operated by First Great Western, but also served by CrossCountry trains and Arriva Trains Wales.
Destinations reached by train from town are Swindon, Reading city centre, Paddington train station in the heart of London (see rentals), Southampton central in Hampshire, Bristol Temple Meads Station, Cardiff in Wales, and the centre of Nottingham.
Location of the town in Gloucestershire
Where is Cheltenham ?
The spa town of Cheltenham is located in the region of Gloucestershire.
The city is located close to the M5 motorway (between Birmingham and Bristol UK) in the south-west of England. London is less than hundred miles away.
The nearest airport is Gloucestershire Airport, but services are limited. Other options include Bristol Airport BRS (50 miles) and Birmingham International Airport BHX (57 miles away). From both airports you can fly domestic and as well as international.
5 Must See Tourist Attractions and Sights
Lively Montpellier district is full of exiting shops, cafes and bars dressed in regency architecture. Located just south of the town center. Montpellier is a lovely place to wander and spend an hour or two or even more.
(Gloucestershire GL50 4SH, United Kingdom)
Fabulous horse racing course, home to The Centaur, Steeplechasing Hall of Fame, and the annual Greenbelt festival and Wychwood Music Festival.
(7-10 Regent Street, Gloucestershire GL50 1HQ, England)
Lovely theatre offering a great variety of productions.
(Central Depot, Swindon Road, GL51 9JZ, United Kingdom)
Wonderful park where you can walk, run around the lake. Plenty of family activities are offered. The glorious Pump Room is located within Pittville Park.
Holst Birthplace Museum
(4 Clarence Road, Pittville, Cheltenham GL52 2AY, England)
Museum in a tiny little house, dedicated to one of England’s favourite composers, Gustav Holst. It is run by volunteers and they do a wonderful job.