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10 Best Things To Do In Cheltenham

The picturesque Cotswolds town of Cheltenham is located in Gloucestershire, England.

It’s known for its stunning Regency architecture, including the Pittville Pump Room, which is a reminder Cheltenham’s past as a popular spa town. 

With beautiful outdoor spaces as well as upmarket shopping, cafes, pubs and restaurants, Cheltenham definitely has a vibrant, cosmopolitan vibe.

In addition, keen race goers will also know of the famous Cheltenham Festival. Four days of horse racing held annually at Cheltenham Racecourse. 

Here are the best things to do in Cheltenham over a few days.

1. Pittville Park

Opened in 1825, Pittville Park is the city’s largest ornamental park and includes playgrounds, a boating lake & an aviary.

Definitely one of the most popular things to do in Cheltenham is to take a walk around the beautiful grounds on a sunny day.

Divided by Evesham Road, there is the eastern side of the park, which is overlooked by Pittville Pump Room, and is home to the main children’s play area and the aviaries where you’ll find popular birds and bunnies.

Then there’s the western side of the park, with its more natural layout and small areas of woodland. Here you can go fishing, play tennis, play pitch and putt golf and there’s even a skate park.

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham Pittville Park

2. Pittville Pump Room

The Pittville Pump Room was the last and largest of the spa buildings to be built in Cheltenham, and is listed as a grade 1 historical building.

Now, the spectacular building is used as a private hire venue. Overlooking the lawns and lakes of Pittville Park, it regularly hosts weddings, parties and corporate hospitality.

However, when not in use, you can wander into the Main Auditorium to see its fine interior and sample the fountain’s historically medicinal Spa Waters for free!

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham Pittville Pump Room

3. Cleeve Hill

Cleeve Hill is the highest point of both the Cotswolds hill range, and the county of Gloucestershire, at 1,083 feet. Although the walk to the top really isn’t hard at all.

You can park at the Rising Sun Hotel / Pub and walk the rest of the way. Through the gates and no doubt past a few sheep!

The views from the top are incredible as it overlooks the whole of Cheltenham and you can get some great photos.

Don’t forget to reward yourself with a local beer on the way down.

Definitely our favourite of the things to do in Cheltenham!

For other traditional English towns in the South West, check out Bournemouth or Bourton On The Water.

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham Cleeve Hill

4. Everyman Theatre

The Everyman is Gloucestershire’s theatre – and has been serving the county (and beyond) since 1891.

If you’re stuck for things to do in Cheltenham one evening, then The Everyman Theatre is a great option!

The Everyman presents a wide range of productions, including ballet, opera, drama, dance, comedy, music events and our traditional family pantomime, as well as many community projects, education workshops and youth theatre sessions.

Not only are you supporting local but tickets usually aren’t too expensive!

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

5. Montpellier Gardens

A great way to start your day!

This flat park and gardens makes for an easy stroll and if you’re lucky enough you may even catch a trio playing in the old fashioned band stand!

The Gardens are home to tennis courts, a skate park, a cafe and even a small gallery where monthly exhibitors can display their work.

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham Montpellier Gardens

6. Holst Birthplace Museum

Explore Cheltenham’s historic house, the Holst Birthplace Museum, where composer Gustav Holst was born in 1874.

This 19th-century home of the celebrated composer, is now a museum with exhibits on Victorian life in England.

It’s almost like a time capsule of 19th century life with a working Victorian kitchen, Victorian bedroom, scullery and nursery.

Definitely one to add to the things to do in Cheltenham list for historians or composer enthusiasts.

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham Holst Birthplace Museum

7. Town Hall

Cheltenham Town Hall, unlike most town halls, is a public venue and not the seat of the borough council.

Therefore similar to Everyman Theatre, you can find all sorts of events such as orchestras and comedians performing throughout the year.

The town hall was built in 1902–03, in order to provide a venue for social events, replacing the old Assembly Rooms in High Street which had been demolished to build a bank.

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham Town Hall

8. Shop The Promenade

Because every town has a high street worth shopping.

Cheltenham offers traditional shopping streets, many housed in gorgeous Regency Buildings, combining the High Street brands you know and love, with fantastic independent retailers who offer things you won’t find anywhere else.

For those unique gifts, we recommend visiting The Promenade.

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham The Promenade

9. The Hare And The Minotaur Statue

The Hare and the Minotaur Statue can be found along The Promenade, outside House of Fraser.

It’s a pretty impressive statue, and was initially part of a temporary exhibition by the Gloucestershire based artist Sophie Ryder. It was created in 1995 and featured at the Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery.

The statue itself features a female hare and a male Minotaur seated on an oversized bench.

The statue is taller than any human and is made of reclaimed scrap metal; up close you can spot cogs and cooker hobs, screws and all sorts of other things.

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham The Hare and the Minotaur Statue

10. Visit The Beer Gardens

One of the most popular things to do in Cheltenham, apart from the races of course, is to hop the beer gardens in the summer.

With many local IPA beers to choose from, the pub/beer garden scene is on another level to most of the surrounding towns.

We spent the afternoon down at Outdoor Inn, chucking bean bags around and having fun with friends in the sun to round off our weekend in Cheltenham!

Best Things To Do In Cheltenham Pubs Outside Inn
Taking some time out at Outdoor Inn.

Where To Stay In Cheltenham

Luxury

Ellenborough Park

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Ellenborough Park.

Set in Cotswold countryside, Ellenborough Park is a magnificent English country estate with a luxury spa, fine dining and beautiful grounds.

The hotel is just a 10-minute drive from Cheltenham town centre.

The spacious bedrooms at Ellenborough Park have luxury bathrooms with fluffy bathrobes and locally-produced toiletries.

Rooms also feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi access, and many have garden views.

Mid-Budget

DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham

The Georgian manor house of DoubleTree by Hilton Cheltenham offers complimentary WiFi, free parking, and is set in beautiful landscaped gardens that overlook Lilley Brook’s 18-hole golf course.

Guests can enjoy the onsite spa, beauty salon and fitness centre.

Guests can also enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal in the restaurant.

Budget

Central Studios Albion Street by RoomsBooked

Gloucester Place Studio by Roomsbooked is located in the centre of Cheltenham, with a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars within a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

Free WiFi is available in all rooms. All rooms come with a fridge, a microwave, tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV. There is also a desk area for laptop use.

For more places to stay in Cheltenham, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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