Cheltenham has been popular since the early 1700s when visitors flocked to the area to bathe in the healing waters. King George III was a fan, and guests can sample the water for themselves amongst the Regency décor of the Pump Rooms. The water might have made the area famous but these days there’s another reason why people flock to the area: The Gold Cup horse race. In mid-March, the racecourse is home to the best and bravest horses all competing for the elusive prize.
There is plenty to explore throughout the year. Cheltenham is the gateway to the Cotswolds and many visitors travel through the town on their way to country retreats. The Holst Birthplace Museum allows you to explore where the composer Gustav Holst was born in 1876, whilst the quaint Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway runs steam trains from the racecourse to the small town of Toddington.
Montpeiler Street offers a large range of shops, from cute boutiques to all the High Street favourites. In the evening you can catch a production at the Everyman or Playhouse, or simply dance the night away in one of the town’s nightclubs.
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