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Art Gallery and Museum

The Museum re-opened in 2013 after a £6.3 million project to expand the building including additional galleries, a performance space, larger cafe and shop and a new home for the Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre. The collection of furniture and other pieces by Cotswold-based Arts and Crafts Movement craftsmen such as Ernest Gimson and Edward Barnsley is particularly good.

Pittville Park

laid out in the early 19th century as the centre of the then-new residential area of Pittville. The park is arranged round an artificial lake, with Pittville Pump Room on the hillside at the north-western edge. The Pump Room is open for free visits to see the fine interior and water tasting when it is not being used for events or weddings.

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The broad, tree-lined Promenade and its continuation into Montpellier Walk (look for the caryatids) and Montpellier Street, the town's smart shopping streets (the chain stores are mercifully elsewhere, in the High Street). Look out for the Neptune Fountain at the south end of the gardens in front of the council offices.

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Le Champignon Sauvage

Cheltenham's only Michelin starred restaurant (two stars); 4 AA rosettes; Good Food Guide, 2014 Chef of the Year (David Everitt-Matthias) & Decanter Restaurant of the Year. You are not to use your mobile phone in the dining room and gentlemen are to sit down when they use the lavatory.

The Brewery

An entertainment/eating complex located behind the Lower High Street. Here you will find a selection of rather boring international chain restaurants including Nando's, Frankie & Benny's and Real China. Parking available (paid). Great if you like eating on industrial-estates.

EAT   —  +44 1242 574378 —  Map

The Screening Rooms

Situated next to Cineworld, The Screening Rooms offers larger seating, waiter service and a no kids after 8pm policy. It's certainly the best way to watch a film but more expensive than Cineworld. Save money by going during the week and during the day and booking online.

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Cleeve Hill

The highest point both of the Cotswolds hill range and in the county of Gloucestershire, at 1,083 feet (330m). It commands a clear view to the west, over Cheltenham and the racecourse, over the River Severn and into Wales; and to the north over Winchcombe.

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Leckhampton Hill

A site of Iron Age hill fort and long barrow and famous for its old limestone quarries. One particularly striking feature on the hill is the Devil's Chimney, a substantial pillar of stone left standing next to one of the upper inclines.

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Kingsditch Retail Park

Retail park consisting primarily of both a Marks & Spencer: Simply Food and Home stores, as well as a large Argos and Currys/PC World for electronics. There are also McDonald's and KFC restaurants nearby.

Café Rouge

Casual French restaurant. One of the best places to eat in central Cheltenham is Café Rouge, just off the high street. It's brilliant and the food is often good and comes with a smile!

Cineworld Cinema

The new cinema that put the Odeon out of business. Decent screens, decent sound, comfy seats, expensive popcorn'' 0871 220 8000 (premium rate from mobiles and many non-BT landlines).

DO   —  The Brewery

Gallagher Retail Park

Retail park consisting primarily of large Sainsbury's supermarket with gas station and café, Next and Sports Direct for clothes shopping and Boots for pharmaceuticals or toiletries.


Wonderful converted 19th century Church [], elegantly decorated with good Italian food and wine. Family/baby-friendly in the daytime.

Sandford Park Ale House

A slightly out-of-the-ordinary bar that takes real ale very seriously offering lots of variety. Also sells lager, cider and food. Large rear garden for drinking in

DRINK   —  +44 1242 574517 —  20 High St

Swim at Sandford Parks Lido

The Lido has a 50m outdoor, main pool (with reserved lanes), a children's outdoor pool, and paddling pool. All the pools are heated to over 70°F (21°C).

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Holst Birthplace Museum

The Regency terrace house where Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets was born in 1874. Interesting both for the building and for the musical history.

The Moon Under Water

Large Wetherspoon's pub with reasonable food for around £7. This is a large and characterless place, but it does have a nice outdoor area at the rear.

EAT   —  16-28 Bath Rd

Bon Appetit

Has one branch in Cheltenham High Street. Basic but '''very''' cheap. Every item on the menu is 99p (Unless it's 2 for 99p)

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St. Mary's Church

Dating back to medieval times, it has been in continuous use for 850 years. In 2013 it became Cheltenham Minster.

Crickley Hill and Barrow Wake

The country park is a site of nature conservation, geological & archaeological interest.

SEE   —  Map


A wide array of ice cream shakes made from delicious and not so delicious ingredients.

DRINK   —  9 Grosvenor Street

Marks & Spencer

A fairly large branch of the British chain store, with a large food section.

BUY   —  173 High Street

Regent Arcade

Not extremely exciting, but quite a few chain shops on two levels.

BUY   —  High Street

Pittville Pump Room

Test the waters (and go to concerts) at the Pittville Pump Room.

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House of Fraser

A high end department store with many of the expensive brands.


Has Wi-Fi. Open Weekdays 07:30-22:00, Weekends 09:00-22:00.

Cheltenham International Festival of Music

Music Festival and a fringe Festival on the same dates.

DO   —  Map

The Bank House

Another Wetherspoon's pub more centrally situated.

EAT   —  15-21 Clarence St

Imperial Gardens

with their colourful display of summer flowers.

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Is reasonably posh and nice. Very popular.

EAT   —  +44 1242 250343 —  11 North Pl

Hilden Lodge Hotel

Newly renovated.

SLEEP   —  +44 1242 583242 —  271 London Rd

Gold Cup horse racing

In March.

DO   —  Map

About Cheltenham

Cheltenham is now probably most famous for the Gold Cup horse race which takes place in mid-March every year. You'll need to book early to find a room, possibly as early as the previous year. Many people accept rooms anywhere within about a 50 mile radius. It's also famous for recently housing the top secret Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) responsible for signals intelligence (SIGINT) for UKUSA by Britain's best computer scientists and mathematicians, in its doughnut shaped building (designed that way for security reasons).

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