If you’re new to Cheltenham or need a few ideas for your next stay, here’s our pick of the best sights and attractions in the town. Cheltenham Racecourse
Whether you’re attending the Gold Cup or going to one of the regular horse racing meets, Cheltenham is proud of its racing heritage and rightly so. The racecourse is four miles away from our Cheltenham hotel, perfect for a hassle-free journey on race day. We recommend: going to the Club enclosure to see the jockeys and horses up close.
The ornamental gardens at Pittville Park are the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon walk in Cheltenham. It’s also home to the Pump Room event space, children’s play areas, aviaries and two lakes, so make sure you visit if you’re in town with the family.
We recommend: visiting the quieter western side of the park for a game of pitch and putt golf.
If you love shopping at independent and designer stores, the elegant Montpellier Quarter is a must-visit. It’s also home to popular cafes and restaurants, along with the traditional bandstand at Montpellier Gardens.
We recommend: taking a camera to photograph the beautiful regency architecture.
For evening entertainment, book a ticket to see a show at the Everyman Theatre, a striking building with the main auditorium designed by architect Frank Matcham. Whether you love ballet, drama, opera or live music, there are a huge range of productions at this popular venue in Cheltenham.
We recommend: making time for a glass of bubbly at the wine bar before the performance begins.
Cheltenham Playhouse is a multipurpose arts venue, with everything from independent films to community theatre and amateur comedy. The Playhouse is a convenient five minute taxi ride away from our Cheltenham hotel.
We recommend: checking the Cheltenham Playhouse website to find out what’s on during your stay in the town, especially if you love nostalgic film.
Bath Road Market
Located on the edge of the town, Bath Road is a quirky and vibrant area with its own market selling vintage and handmade wares. The outdoor space is filled with food vendors, perfect if you love trying different cuisines in an authentic local setting.
We recommend: taking a walk down Bath Road to find hidden gems in the local charity shops.
If you love discovering local artists and creative talent, a visit to The Wilson art gallery is a must. Most of the collection dates back to the 17th and 19th centuries, alongside temporary touring art and photography exhibitions.
We recommend: going to the on-site cafe for a lovely fresh lunch or tea and homemade cake
Exploring beyond Cheltenham
If you’re exploring beyond the town, here’s our pick of the best things to do and places to visit just a short drive from Cheltenham centre.
- Visit Sudeley Castle
- Take the kids to the Jet Age Museum
- Go and see Great Witcombe Roman Villa
- Shop at Gloucester Quays
- Walk through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Visit Tewkesbury Abbey
If you’d like some extra ideas and top tips from the locals, make sure you go to the front desk where our friendly staff will be happy to offer their honest advice and recommendations.
Travelling to and from Cheltenham
If you’re travelling onward to other towns and cities from Cheltenham, here’s a quick snapshot of journey times to help plan your trip.
Gloucester: 20 minutes by car or 10 minutes by train
Bristol: 50 minutes by car or 45 minutes by train
Birmingham: one hour 10 minutes by car or 45 minutes by train
London: two hours by car or two hours 5 minutes by train changing once at Bristol Parkway
We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel in Cheltenham very soon.