Cheltenham is known for its horse races during the Cheltenham Festival, but not as many people know it as a spa town, a festival town, or as Regency Cheltenham, which has some of the best Georgian architecture in England that has been kept in good condition.
I went to Cheltenham for the day from Bristol and was surprised to find street art, great shopping, and stylish boutique hotels that are perfect for a weekend in Cheltenham or as a starting point for exploring the Cotswolds. Here are some of the things to do in Cheltenham.
7 Top Things to Do in Cheltenham
Stroll in Pittville Park
Pittville Park opened in 1825, and it is the largest park in Cheltenham with a lot of pretty things to look at. Take your family on a walk through this beautiful park, which is on the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens as a grade II park. Take the kids to the east side of the park, where there is a play area for kids and aviaries where they can see birds and rabbits. Go to the west side of the park, which is more natural and has a small wooded area, for a much longer walk. During the fishing season, you can go fishing in the lower lake. If you want to do something more active, you can go to the tennis courts or the golf courses.
Admire the Pittville Pump Room
Visit the Pittville Pump Room, a beautiful building in the middle of Pittville Park that is home to a wide range of events and activities. It’s one of the most popular places for weddings in Cheltenham, and it’s also where the Cheltenham Music Festival is held every year.The Cheltenham Trust made a walking trail to teach people about the history of the Pittville Pump Room. This is an audio tour that people can access on their phones or tablets by scanning a QR code. You’ll learn through a visual tour, vignettes, and artifacts, as well as by listening to characters from their period tell their stories.Don’t forget to check the Pittville Pump Room’s website to make sure you arrive at the right time for a festival or an artisan market.
Go to the Wilson Art Museum and Gallery
Visit the Wilson, an art gallery and museum that now has a collection of great quality and variety that is known all over the world. If you want to learn more about Edward A. Wilson, an Antarctic explorer who was born in Cheltenham, goes to The Open Archive. The Wilson opened for the first time in 1898. At that time, 43 important paintings were given to the town by the third Baron de Ferrieres, who had been Mayor and MP for Cheltenham. Make sure to find out ahead of time what’s going on at the Wilson and what’s new. Please be aware that the Wilson Art Gallery won’t be open again until July 23. It’s getting a big makeover.
Walk Down The Promenade And Long Gardens
Cheltenham’s Promenade has been around since 1818. It used to be a muddy path near some mineral springs. Today, it is one of the best-kept streets, and a Google poll says that it is one of the top five shopping streets in the country. Walk down the Promenade, which is now a leafy street with big-name brands and small shops. Don’t miss the beautiful Long Gardens, which are near the Municipal Buildings. The plants and flowers in the gardens are always changing. Check out the beautiful Neptune Fountain, which was modeled after the Trevi fountain in Rome.
Go To The Imperial Gardens For A Picnic
The Imperial Gardens in Cheltenham are a great place to go if you like beautiful flower displays. There are 25,000 bedding plants in these formal gardens, which are popular places for people to picnic and enjoy the sun. Aside from the beautiful flower displays, you can enjoy a meal with friends and a pint of beer at the Garden Bar, which is open during the summer.
Go To Cherry Hill Festivals
The city of festivals is Cheltenham Spa and for a good reason. The town is known for having many cultural events all year long. Plan your trip to coincide with the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and the Cheltenham Science Festival. There is also the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Cheltenham Cricket Festival, and the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, so there are lots of things to do in Cheltenham all year long.
Rent An Electric Bike
You can rent a bike for the day at the Bicycle Hub, which is right next to the main train station. They have a lot of electric bikes to help you get around Cheltenham. Friendly locals at the Hub will make sure you get the right bike for your height and weight and show you how to use an electric bike if you’ve never used one before. It’s not as hard as you might think, and it’s also a lot of fun. No more trouble going up those hills on your bike!The Regency Cycle Trail, which starts at the Bicycle Hub, is a good choice. This six-mile trail is easy to ride and goes along the Honeybourne Line, through Pittville Park, and into the town center. Renting an electric cycle is one of the best things to do in Cheltenham.
Throughout the year, there is a rich variety of activities available in Cheltenham. Visit the official website of Savewithnerds for additional details about the most enjoyable things to do in Cheltenham.