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123 Promenade
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 1NW
United Kingdom
T: +44 1242 246959
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cheltenham@knightfrank.com
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Mon 8.30am to 6pm
Tue 8.30am to 6pm
Wed 8.30am to 6pm
Thu 8.30am to 6pm
Fri 8.30am to 6pm
Sat 9.30am to 12.30pm
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Living in Cheltenham

From humble beginnings as a modest market town, Cheltenham became one of the most fashionable spa resorts in the country.

Conveniently located on the edge of the Cotswolds and less than a hundred miles from London, the town is packed with Regency town houses, characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, lining the historic Promenade, squares and terraces.

Visitors can still sample the Spa Waters at the beautiful Pitville Pump Room and Promenade is considered to be one of the most beautiful thoroughfares in the country, with its tree lined avenue flanked by an impressive range of stylish shops, restaurants and cafés.

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

Local authority

Cheltenham Borough Council
12 Promenade
Cheltenham
GL50 1AA
01242 262626

 

Property available in Cheltenham

Whether you are looking for a luxury apartment in Cheltenham town centre, a classic town house or country home, Knight Frank in Cheltenham, alongside our Cirencester office, offer a seamless service to both buyers and sellers throughout the Cotswolds.

History

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

Roads

  • 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

Rail

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

Air

  • Heathrow Airport – approximately 2 hours
  • Birmingham Airport – approximately 50 minutes
  • Bristol Airport – approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Schools

Cheltenham has become world renowned for its top quality public schools, but there are also several excellent grammar schools in both Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Primary Schools

  • St. James C of E Primary School
    Merestones Road
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 2RS
    01242 516836
  • Berkhampstead School
    Pittville Circus Road
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL52 2PZ
    01242 523263
  • The Richard Pate School
    Southern Road
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL53 9RP
    01242 522086
  • Airthrie School
    29, Christchurch Road
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 2NY
    01242 512837
  • Holy Apostles C of E Primary School
    Battledown Approach
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL52 6QZ
    01242 526858
  • Charlton Kings Junior School
    East End Rd
    Charlton Kings
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL53 8QE
    01242 526171
  • Leckhampton C of E Primary School
    Hall Road
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL53 0HP
    01242 524062

 

Secondary Schools

  • Cheltenham College
    Bath Road
    Cheltenham
    GL53 7LD
    01242 265600
  • Ladies College
    Bayshill Road
    Cheltenham
    GL50 3EP
    01242 520691
  • Dean Close
    Shelburne Road
    Cheltenham
    GL51 6HE
    01242 258000
  • St. Edward's School
    Cirencester Road
    Charlton Kings
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL53 8EY
    01242 538600
  • Pate's Grammar School
    Princess Elizabeth Way
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL51 0HG
    01242 523169
  • Balcarras School
    East End Road
    Charlton Kings
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL53 8QF
    01242 515881

 

Bars and restaurants

Restaurants

  • Pirandello Italian Restaurant
    Italian
    103, The Promenade
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 1NW
    01242 234599
  • Wesley House Restaurant
    British
    High Street
    Winchcombe
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL54 5LJ
    01242 602366
  • Spice Lodge
    Asian/Thai
    Montpellier Drive
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 1TY
    01242 226300
  • Siam Smile
    Thai
    12, Suffolk Road
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 2AQ
    01242 260666
  • Monty's Brassiere
    British
    St Georges Road
    Cheltenham
    GL50 3DZ
    01242227678
  • Vanilla
    British
    9-10 Cambray Place
    Cheltenham
    GL50 1JS
    01242 228228

Bars

  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro
    Parabola Road
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 3AQ
    01242 588450
  • Montpellier Wine Bar & Restaurant
    Bayshill Lodge
    Montpellier Street
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 1SY
    01242 527774
  • The Retreat
    10-11, Suffolk Parade
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 2AB
    01242 235436
  • The Beehive Inn & Restaurant
    1-3, Montpellier Villas
    Cheltenham
    Gloucestershire
    GL50 2XE
    01242 702270

Hospitals and Medical practices

Cheltenham General Hospital
Sandford Road
Sandford Road
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL53 7AN
08454 222 222

Theatres and cinemas

Everyman Theatre
Regent Street
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 1HQ
01242 572573