Cheltenham or Cheltenham Spa as it has also been known as is a large spa town (the clue was in the name) in Gloucestershire, South West England. The town is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, a range of hills which have been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The town of Cheltenham has been a UK health and holiday spa resort ever since the 1700’s, when mineral springs were discovered in the town. People flocked to the town believing these mineral springs had a host of health benefiting properties. Although the amount of people that flock to the town to use the spa have declined, they are still a popular tourist attraction.
Visitors looking for culture and architecture will not be disappointed. The town of Cheltenham is famous for its Regency architecture. The town has many of these types of buildings spread throughout and the majority of them are listed. A walk through the streets of Cheltenham will allow you to see many of these Regency styled buildings.
Cheltenham is also host to several festivals throughout the year including the Music, Jazz, Literature, Science festivals and a whole lot more. However, the most well-known festival in Cheltenham is of course the horse racing Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse and around this time of year, is the main focus.
The Cheltenham Festival is held every March and is host to probably the second most prestigious race in the country after the Grand National, the Gold Cup. The Festival attracts some of the world’ best and most known horses, jockeys and trainers to compete during its four day schedule and even more punters looking to back a winner at the bookies.
To find out more, check out the Cheltenham Racecourse website here.
If you fancy visiting Cheltenham or indeed one of its many festivals then there will be no trouble finding accommodation. The Hotel du Vin Cheltenham is a really nice boutique hotel in the town centre that comes highly recommended. If you are a bit of a horse racing enthusiast then you might be interested in the Cheltenham Chase Hotel, one of the nicest hotels in Gloucestershire from QHotels, inspired by the racecourse nearby.