In the UK, the county of Gloucestershire is known for its docks, ancient Roman history, and of course, Double Gloucester cheese! However, one of its most popular spots for both tourists and locals is Cheltenham. A large spa town on the edge of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is an affluent and beautiful area with lots to offer for anyone traveling to the UK. Due to its popularity, there are a few places that have become iconic to the area, and this list is a great starting point for anyone looking to have a memorable journey.
Thanks to the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, there is no shortage of culinary delights to explore in the town. In terms of restaurants, Cheltenham is home to a varied selection that is sure to satisfy any diner. However, our pick would have to be Lumiere. Opened in 2009 and located just off the famous Promenade, Lumiere showcases the best of British with menus that change to match the best ingredients of each season. It’s tucked away from the bustle of the town and provides a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere as well as its 3 AA Rosette Award-winning food.
One of Cheltenham’s most famous events is their annual Festival which is centered around the iconic racetrack. A place for royalty and regulars to come together and enjoy the sport, the racecourse is a fantastic venue for social events in its own right. If you are a newcomer to horseracing, you needn’t worry because Cheltenham betting is very accessible now, with odds, tips, and racecourse information all available at the click of a button. The prestige of the racecourse will guarantee that you have a day out that’s fit for the Queen, and you may even get lucky with some wins too!
Cheltenham is rich in its history, being first recorded in 803, and in 1226 was awarded a market charter that solidified its status as a town. The discovery of the mineral springs in 1716 transformed Cheltenham into a spa holiday and health town, which means there are plenty of historical sites that would pique the interest of tourists. The Pittville Pump Room is probably the best place to take in the atmosphere of the Regency Era heyday that Cheltenham experienced thanks to its spa status. It also overlooks Pittville Park, home to beautiful grounds and lakes that are perfect for summer picnics with family or just lounging in the sun.
In more recent years, Cheltenham has become famous for its shopping – in particular, its high-end brands and luxury boutiques. It has five main shopping districts, including the pedestrianized Promenade which is home to a bi-monthly Farmer’s Market where you can sample local delicacies and buy art and jewelry from local creators. In December, the market is extended to ten days and is a winter wonderland that is certain to get you in a Christmassy mood!
Whatever you are interested in, this historic British town has something for you, and its central location means that there are plenty of places to visit once you’ve had your fill!