The centrepiece is the Imperial Gardens, blooming with flowers and containing a fountain surmounted by a bespectacled Gustav Holst, who was born in Cheltenham and now stands with his baton raised aloft above the water jets.
Famous for festivals, visitors from all around the world flock to Cheltenham for the International Festivals of music, literature and science; as well as to Prestbury Park, renowned for horse racing, the main event for steeple chasing being the Gold Cup National Hunt Festival week in March.
Some of the best schooling in England can be found in the area with Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham College and Dean Close being just three long established and well respected schools.
Good communication links to major centres via the M5, the M4 and A40 to London, and stunning Cotswold countryside, have made Cheltenham a desirable and increasingly popular place in which to live.
Places of interest
- Pittville Pump Rooms
- Pittville Park
- Holst Birthplace Museum
- Imperial Gardens
- Prestbury Park Racecourse
- Sudeley Castle
- Montpellier Gardens
- Cotswold Water Park
- Cotswold Wild Life Park
Cheltenham Borough Council
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Originally an Anglo Saxon settlement, Cheltenham takes its name from the small river Chelt, which rises nearby at Dowdeswell and runs through the town.
In 1716, in a meadow outside the town, pigeons were found to be pecking at what turned out to be salt crystals at a spring. This find led to the establishment of the town as a Spa but the event which ensured the success of Cheltenham was the visit of George III in 1788 to treat his infirmities.
Although Cheltenham's popularity as a spa town waned, the town itself continued to prosper, due more to the efforts of a growing band of fine craftsmen, than the 'fashionable set'.
Horse racing began in Cheltenham in 1815, and became a major national attraction after the establishment of the Cheltenham Festival in 1902.
After the Second World War, the town's fortunes picked up again with the establishment of the Government Communications Headquarters (G.C.H.Q) which has become one of the West's most important secret surveillance centres.
Getting to Cheltenham
- A40 for Oxford and onto the M40 to London
- M5 North and South for Bristol and Birmingham
- A417 South to Swindon for the M4 corridor
- Heathrow Airport – approximately 2 hours
- Birmingham Airport – approximately 50 minutes
- Bristol Airport – approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
There are regular train services to London and other major cities from Cheltenham Spa, Kemble and Swindon.
- Cheltenham Spa – London: Frequent trains taking approximately 2 hours 20 minutes
- Kemble – London: Frequent trains taking approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
- Swindon – London: Frequent trains taking approximately 1 hour
- Cheltenham Spa – Birmingham New Street: Frequent trains taking approximately 40 minutes
- Cheltenham Spa – Bristol: Frequent trains taking approximately 1 hour
- St. James C of E Primary School
- Berkhampstead School
Pittville Circus Road
- The Richard Pate School
- Airthrie School
29, Christchurch Road
- Holy Apostles C of E Primary School
- Charlton Kings Junior School
East End Rd
- Leckhampton C of E Primary School
- Cheltenham College
- Ladies College
- Dean Close
- St. Edward's School
- Pate's Grammar School
Princess Elizabeth Way
- Balcarras School
East End Road
Bars and restaurants
- Pirandello Italian Restaurant
103, The Promenade
- Wesley House Restaurant
- Spice Lodge
- Siam Smile
12, Suffolk Road
- Monty's Brassiere
St Georges Road
9-10 Cambray Place
- Hotel du Vin & Bistro
- Montpellier Wine Bar & Restaurant
- The Retreat
10-11, Suffolk Parade
- The Beehive Inn & Restaurant
1-3, Montpellier Villas
Hospitals and Medical practices
Cheltenham General Hospital
08454 222 222
Theatres and cinemas