Cheltenham is a historic town known for its spa culture, horse racing and diverse line-up of annual festivals. The surrounding countryside yields centuries-old castles and immersive forests, while the township features nationally-recognised galleries, landscaped parks and craft beer breweries.
Things to do in Cheltenham
Are you visiting Cheltenham with your children? Enjoy a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities around town, such as the multi-purpose Leisure-at-Cheltenham, where kids can swim and dive off springboards. If the weather is sunny, take the family to Sandford Parks Lido, which features an outdoor swimming pool, table tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
If you’re thirsty for some of Cheltenham’s craft beer, head to The Brewery Quarter, which is also home to numerous bars, restaurants and nightly entertainment options. Visit Brewhouse & Kitchen for homebrewed beer and hearty fare or duck into Five Guys for American-style burgers. Those looking for some post-dinner entertainment can catch a movie at Cineworld IMAX.
Experience Cheltenham’s iconic racing culture at Cheltenham Racecourse, where you can see fast-paced horse racing, as well as comedy shows and music concerts. Seek out some peace among nature in Montpellier Gardens, which features tennis courts, an alfresco cafe and a bandstand that hosts summer concerts. For uninterrupted countryside vistas, walk up to the Devil’s Chimney, a historic rock formation overlooking the town.
Explore the surrounding countryside to visit Sudeley Castle, a 15th-century stately residence with formal gardens, peacocks and priceless artwork. Visit the neighbouring city of Gloucester to see the 11th-century Gloucester Cathedral, which houses the tomb of King Edward II.
Getting around Cheltenham
Cheltenham is easily accessed via buses that stop along the town’s Promenade or by catching trains to Cheltenham Spa station. You can walk around certain parts of town, but it’s best to catch local buses or taxis to travel longer distances. You’ll need a private vehicle to explore the surrounding countryside.