Cheltenham Spa is said to be the most regency town in Britain with its elegant terraces and architecture. It gets its name as a spa town from the late 18th century when medicinal waters were discovered that were thought to heal and cure a whole range of illnesses. Spa's were created for wealthy visitors and the town soon became known as one of England's leading spa's. With this legacy, Cheltenham maintains much of its original culture that still continues to attract tourists from all over the globe with its stylish shopping areas, annual festivals and of course the horse racing that is held at the famous Cheltenham racecourse. The town also benefits from being a centre of excellence in education.
The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum is home to a wide variety of artefacts from history over the generations together with a considerable collection of fine art. There is also a broad spectrum of events, workshops and educational courses throughout the year for all ages from children to adults.
Gustav Holst Birthplace Museum is a regency house dedicated to the composer Gustav Holst, which comprises part memorial to his work and part museum of regency life. The museum has been open since 1975 and is host to a wide range of events including concerts and educational talks during the year.
Theatre - Cheltenham is fortunate enough to have a few venue's for theatre enabling visitors to enjoy a whole calendar of entertainment all year round. Theatre lovers can savour all manner of performances from musicals to pantomimes. The main Everyman Theatre in the town centre is an elegant building that has been described as an architectural masterpiece!
Pittville Pump Room at Pittville Park Cheltenham - Photo by Jayt74
Pittville Park is an ornamental park that is home to the gloriously imposing pump room. The park features areas of woodland with lakes that are perfect for a summer stroll, a picnic or even fishing during the season. But that's not all, the park also has a play area for children, tennis courts, a skate park and a pitch and putt golf course. In addition to this, there are aviaries where visitors can see birds and rabbits.
The Montpellier Gardens is located close to the town centre and is a principal piece of Cheltenham's regency setting with its surrounding listed buildings. The entire area covers over 600 hectares making it one of the biggest in the country. Throughout the summertime, visitors can enjoy regular concerts held in the bandstand as well exhibitors displaying their work.
Festivals - Cheltenham plays host to many annual festivals during the year that attract many visitors to the town. See our festivals page for more information.
The Brewery Quarter - Recently re-developed, this entertainment hub features the IMAX Cinema, a gym, a bowling alley and Lost World Golf together with a variety of restaurants and cafes and to suit all tastes.
Cheltenham has always been a favourite weekend break destination, whether it be for the shopping, theatre, nightlife or for the many festivals held throughout the year.
Alice Guest House bed and breakfast in Cheltenham offers a variety of rooms for those looking for somewhere to stay, whether it be for 1 night, a weekend break or long term at very competitive rates. Our b&b is situated conveniently less than 10 minutes walk from the town centre and all amenities so you won't have to travel far to enjoy all Cheltenham has to offer. To make a booking, take a look at our homepage for prices and contact information.