Cheltenham

A trip to this historic spa town is great at any time of year, and summer's no exception. With history, culture, museums and shopping, it's the perfect place for a spring weekend away.

  Culture and heritage

This historic town – famed for its Regency town houses, racecourse and natural spring – has been welcoming visitors for almost 300 years. It’s a great spot for a cultural break and an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds. Pittville Park is a great place to start your visit. Opened in 1825 it's home to the historic pump room, and is the largest ornamental park in the town. From there, head to The Wilson, a fantastic gallery and museum space which includes an exhibition of the social history of the town.

  Attractions

Take a memorable trip on Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, a volunteer-run heritage line. Head to the stylish Montpellier District – known for its shops, bars and restaurants, or catch a show at the historic Everyman Theatre on Regent Street. The famous Cheltenham Racecourse hosts more than just horse races.

While away a sunny afternoon watching the cricket.
Indulge in a cream tea with scones and cake.

  Food and drink

Cheltenham is known as the food capital of the Cotswolds, and for good reason. There are plenty of popular independent restaurants, alongside well-known chains. Have dinner or sip movie-inspired cocktails in the Daffodil, housed in a former 1920s cinema, or book into Le Champignon Sauvage.

  Sport and outdoors

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest dates on the horse racing calendar and brings a real buzz to the town. Another annual highlight is the Cheltenham Cricket Festival, held in the scenic grounds of Cheltenham College. And, for a football fix, head to Whaddon Road to see Cheltenham Town in action.

  Music and nightlife

Cheltenham has a great selection of bars, clubs, pubs and gig venues, covering a variety of tastes. Check the listings and enjoy a show at Cheltenham Town Hall or catch a live band at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

  Shopping

Regent Arcade has all the big names, but give Montpellier or The Suffolks a look for independent stores and small traders. Or stroll along The Promenade and Long Gardens for the latest high street stores and the local well-established department store, Cavendish House.

Bikes

You can take your bike with you on the train if you have made a reservation.