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A Guide to Cheltenham

What's on in Cheltenham

09  – 10 December
The Cheltenham International remains two days of the hottest Jump racing around.

27 – 29 January
Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival is the biggest of its kind in the UK. A weekend full of non-stop music, dancing, workshops and authentic Cajun cuisine!

6 – 11 February 
A 1920’s murder mystery with a twist will have you in tears. Don’t miss The Play that Goes Wrong at the Everyman Theatre!

Cheltenham City Guide

Perfectly nestled on the edge of The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cheltenham has a myriad of exciting things to see and do. An impressive example of a Regency town, the quaint city centre is home to a range of unique features, from the Neptune Fountain on the Promenade to the Wishing Fish Clock in the Regent Arcade. Explore the town, peruse the shops, stroll through Sandford Park (characterised by ornamental water features and fountains), or travel further afield to the famous Cheltenham Racecourse, castles, and cathedrals. Browse below our selection of top Cheltenham attractions.

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Best Restaurant: Le Champignon Sauvage has been awarded a two Michelin stars and offers cutting edge French-inspired cuisine. Highly praised by food critics, this restaurant is a Cheltenham ‘must-taste’!

Best Shopping: The Promenade offers one of the best shopping thoroughfares in the country and is filled with a myriad of top fashion brands from Karen Millen to Jaeger.

Best Kept Secret: Cheltenham Lido is open from May to October and offers a 50m outdoor swimming pool and poolside café, all within Sandford Park. Built in 1935, the lido retains all of its original features.

Cheltenham Racecourse

The iconic home of horse jump racing, Cheltenham Racecourse attracts a variety of visitors to its exciting events, beginning the season with ‘The Showcase’ and leading up to the much anticipated ‘The Festival’, which epitomises the jumping season with ‘magic, magnificence and madness’. If this your first visit to a horse race course, take a look at the ‘New to racing guide’. There is no specific dress code, but if you need guidance or further information to plan your race day there is plenty of visitor resources, including a racecourse map, on their website.

Situated amongst the lush green Cotswold Hills, a visit to this racecourse is elegant, exciting, and exhilarating as you immerse in the world of jump racing, all just a short fifteen-minute drive from Jurys Inn.

Everyman Theatre

With the doors open since 1891, the Everyman Theatre has offered generations of visitors architectural splendour and a diverse calendar of events. Whether hosting ballet, opera, drama, comedy, dance, music events or family pantomime, The Everyman is always bustling with a ‘must-see’ show. The theatre is also home to a café serving light meals and cakes, as well as two bars serving drinks before and during the show.

The Everyman Theatre is a short ten-minute drive from our Cheltenham hotel.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Enjoy an award-winning day out when you visit Slimbridge Wetland Centre! Marvel at amazing wildlife up-close such as otters and cranes as you are taken on a guided walk of the centre. Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, grab a paddle and sail the watery passage of the canoe safari trail! A brilliant day out for all the family as well as those interested in birdwatching and wildlife.

The Wilson - Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

Situated in the heart of Cheltenham city centre, The Wilson - Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum is home to a wide range of museum artefacts and artwork from around the world. You can learn about objects from 3,000 years ago, see a snow suit from a 1901 expedition to the Antarctic, browse life collections and artwork from the medieval period to the 17th Century, or peruse paintings and sculptures dating as far back as the Renaissance. You can pick up a souvenir at The Wilson Shop, of grab a bite to eat at The Wilson Café.

The Wilson is open daily 9.30am-5.15pm and admission is free. The art gallery and museum is a ten-minute drive from our Cheltenham Hotel.

Cheltenham Town Hall

An iconic part of Cheltenham’s heritage, Cheltenham Town Hall is a Grade II listed building that provides an exquisite example of classical, or Baroque style architecture with an elegantly designed interior. Today the hall is a venue for a range of events from concerts and banquets to exhibitions, festivals and conferences. Take a look at what’s on for upcoming events or explore the venue on one of the Heritage Open Days.

Cheltenham Town Hall is a short seven-minute drive from Jurys Inn.

Pittville Pump Room

Open to the public Wednesdays to Sundays 10am -4pm, the Pittville Pump Room is an interesting part of Cheltenham’s history as a spa town. The Spa Well is a ‘must-see’ and the main attraction of the pump room. The original marble and scagliola pump of the well have been restored, allowing the unique spa waters to flow once again for visitors to sample. The architecture is an impressive regency structure and a popular venue for events – take a look at upcoming shows or exhibitions to plan a visit, if you do want to look around, call ahead to check that the Pump Room is not closed for a private event.

The Pittville Pump Room is a short twelve-minute drive from our Cheltenham hotel.

Montpellier Gardens

Situated amongst Cheltenham’s regency ‘landscape’ and surrounded by many Grade I listed buildings, Montpellier Gardens offers an urban oasis for visitors and locals alike. There’s a small arboretum in the north-western corner of the park, as well as tennis courts, skate park, Garden Café, and a band stand that occasionally holds concerts in summer.

The Montpellier Gardens is a short five-minute drive from Jurys Inn Cheltenham.

Highgrove Gardens

Since his first visit to the gardens, The Prince of Wales has devoted much energy to transforming Highgrove Gardens. Highgrove gardens have been developed to be as self-sufficient as possible with all green waste recycled for use in the gardens in accordance to his majesty’s wishes. Enjoy an individual or group garden tour or really spoil yourself with a champagne tea tour where you will enjoy a small group tour of the gardens lasting two hours and lead by one of the Prince’s expert garden guides. Your tour will end in the Orchard Restaurant where you will be treated to afternoon tea and a glass of Highgrove champagne while the resident pianist plays in the background.

Highgrove Gardens lie just 30 – 40 minute drive from Jurys Inn Cheltenham.

Gloucester Cathedral

Discover nearly 1,000 years of history when you visit the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral. This stunning building also serves as an extraordinary venue for concerts, art installations as well as a place for private prayer and reflection. Harry Potter fans will recognise Cathedral as it made an appearance in the Harry Potter films where it featured as the interior of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardy! The cathedral is open 365 days a year and entry is free. 

The cathedral is a short 15 minute drive from Jurys Inn Cheltenham.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Once home to Queen Katherine Parr (Henry VIII’s last and surviving wife), Sudeley Castle has a fascinating royal history awaiting your discovery. Situated amongst the rolling hills of the Cotswolds AONB, the castle has plenty explore as you peruse the Tudor Document Room, Sewing Room, Library, Morning Room, and more. The ‘20 Treasures of Sudeley’ exhibition also displays a collection of historically important artefacts and works of art. For the castle’s Tudor history, the ‘Six Wives Exhibition’ can be found in the 15th century West Wing, and includes replica Tudor costumes from the TV series ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’.

There are multiple gardens to explore, including ‘The Secret Garden’ as well as the beautifully draped castle ruins (part of the original unrestored structure). You can also visit St. Mary’s Church, where Queen Katherine Parr is buried. The estate also offers a visitor centre and shop, café, and adventure playground.

Admission costs £14.50 for adults and £5.50 for children (5-15years), and is open daily 10am to 5pm. Sudeley Castle is a short twenty-three minute drive from our Cheltenham hotel.

Snowshill Manor and Garden

Once the home of English architect, artist/craftsman, and poet, Charles Paget Wade, Snowshill Manor offers visitors a treasure trove of collected objects. Learn about the man behind the collection and with a motto of ‘let nothing perish’, the house is bursting with over 22,000 collector items from samurai armour and model ships to pennyfarthings, toys, and musical instruments. Explore the quaint country garden and Wolf’s Cove model village to complete a truly extraordinary day out.

Ticket prices cost £10.20 for adults and £5.10 for children, and the manor house is a thirty-minute drive from Jurys Inn Cheltenham.

Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle is nestled in the heart of the countryside surrounded by lush woodlands and its very own lake. The majestic estate is home to medieval armour, tapestries, and fine art, as well as a myriad of state rooms, from the Great Hall and State Dining Room to the Gothic Drawing Room and Octagon Saloon. After learning about the history of the castle and exploring the interior, visitors can embark on an array of fun-filled activities. Stroll the extensive and tranquil grounds, get lost in the Knight’s Maze, kids can tackle the Junior Assault Course or Adventure Playground, and everyone enjoy a tasty treat at the Ice Cream Parlour or Castle Tea Room.

Admission costs £10 for adults and £6.50 for children, and the castle is situated a thirty-minute drive from our hotel in Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway offers an exciting day out for the whole family. Embark on a 25-mile round trip through the breath-taking scenery of the Cotswolds in a traditional steam train. There are plenty activities in addition to the train ride, from the railway memorabilia museum, vehicle exhibits, and ‘have-a-go’ signal box to quiz sheets and a play area.

An ‘All day rover’ ticket costs £16 for adults and £7 for children and can be used throughout the day on any of their services, across the entire line. The headquarters is situated at Toddington, however, you can embark at the Cheltenham Race Course station, which is a ten-minute drive from Jurys Inn.

Berkeley Castle

The home of the Berkeley family for 850 years and originally built for war, Berkeley Castle has a truly unique story to tell. There are many treasures to discover as you explore The Keep, King’s Gallery, Great Hall and Amoury, the Grand Staircase, and The Mediaeval Larders, Buttery and Kitchen. The estate also has 6,000 acres of grounds and is home to beautiful gardens, including a walled garden, a Lily Pond, and a Butterfly House. The castle also runs a range of events for those of all ages to get stuck in with – peruse the calendar to plan a visit.

Admission costs £10 for adults and £5.50 for children. Berkeley Castle is a twenty-five minute drive from Jurys Inn Cheltenham.

Regent Arcade

The Regent Arcade Shopping Centre offers a wide range of your favourite high street stores as well as a selection independent retailers. There is also a range of cafés to pick up a light bite when browsing the stores.

The Regent Arcade is a short eight-minute drive from our hotel.

Beechwood Shopping Centre

Anchored by Debenhams, the Beechwood Shopping Centre offers a selection of high street and independent stores to suit your retail needs. The glass roofed atrium offers mini urban oasis for a sit down and there’s a café with cakes, pastries, and drinks to refuel.

Situated on the High Street, Beechwood Shopping centre is a short eight-minute drive from Jurys Inn Cheltenham.