Jumping on a train to this historic spa town is exciting at any time of year. With history, culture, museums and shopping, it's the perfect place for a 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.
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.