Cheltenham Spa

Some of the world’s best writers and thousands of visitors head to the town for the Cheltenham Literature Festival every autumn. Join them for debates, workshops, interviews and a celebration of the written word in the heart of Cheltenham.

  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.


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. Explore the vast collections of artefacts and regularly changing exhibitions at the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.

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 the 2-Michelin starred 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 Frog and Fiddle for a more intimate experience.


Regent Arcade and Beechwood Shopping Centre have all the big names, but give Montpellier or the Suffolks a look for independent stores and small traders. Or head out of town to the Kingsditch or Gallagher retail parks for more big-name retailers.

Combined train and bus tickets

Save money with a range of combined train and bus tickets. 

Little Black Book


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