Cheltenham is a spa town in the county of Gloucestershire in the south west of England. The town is situated next to the lush countryside of the Cotswolds and enjoys mild weather year round with highs of up to 21 degrees in the summer months. For those travelling to the town from the UK, there is a train station with good transport links including connections to London, Scotland and Cardiff. The nearest international airport is in Birmingham, about an hours drive away.
The South of England, particularly the wealthy area of the Cotswolds, is a popular holiday destination for both tourists and locals so it can be hard to find good deals on accommodation. If you’re looking to save some money on a hotel, then try booking a Secret Hotel through lastminute.com or Hotwire- you’ll be amazed at how much you can save!
The name Cheltenham originates from the River Chelt, which runs through the town and from the Anglo Saxon name for the area Celtenhomme. In 1716, the mineral springs of the town were discovered and the area thus became known as a spa town and resort. In 1815 Cheltenham began another legacy when it started hosting horse racing events and in 1902 the National Hunt Meeting, better known as the Cheltenham Festival, was established. Held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse, the prize pot for the fastest horse is the second largest after the Grand National. Much of the town is built in a Regency architecture style of the 19th century and this can be admired through the elegant townhouses found here. Of course there are other architectural styles in the area, including the Elizabethan manor house Whittington Court and the early 20th century town hall complete with Corinthian style columns.
It’s not Oxford Circus, but Cheltenham offers a surprising range of shops, and what prettier surroundings could you ask than the Montpellier District to start things off. It’s here you’ll find plenty of boutiques galore, antique shops and chic bars and restaurants. If you’re visiting with a loved one, or looking for somewhere close by to entertain the children, then the Montpellier Gardens can be found in the heart of the town. The gardens are equipped with tennis courts, a skate park and a café.
The GWR, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, is a heritage centre for steam and diesel locomotives situated in the Cotswolds, just outside of Cheltenham. It’s here you can discover the history and evolution of our railway system, take a journey through the beautiful countryside on one of the restored trains, visit the museum or let the kids lose in the playground before enjoying a picnic in one of the designated spots. Another great day out for families is the Sandford Parks Lido, complete with slides and a paddling pool for little ones.
In the evenings, enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants such as The Daffodil, who also have live jazz playing on selected nights, or why not watch a film at the Everyman Theatre with waiter service and plush comfy arm chairs or sofas. For drinks, the Montpellier Wine Bar is the place to be, with a buzzy atmosphere and more importantly a large selection of wines.
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