Destination: Cheltenham


Beautiful Cotswolds Spa Town


Cheltenham Tours with Great British Trips

Introducing Cheltenham

Cheltenham was transformed into Cheltenham Spa in 1738 when the 'Old Well' was discovered. King George III came to enjoy the waters in 1788 and stayed for 5 weeks and soon it became Britain's most important spa. Cheltenham Spa is probably the most complete Regency town in England; the 'town within a park' offers beautiful parks and gardens, tree-lined avenues and colourful floral displays. Cheltenham's most famous son, Gustav Holst (composer of 'The Planets'), was born here in 1874 and his birthplace is now the Holst Museum. The town is also a great base from which to visit neighbouring Gloucester, a historic city with a magnificent cathedral built by Benedictine monks in the 12th century.


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Region: Central England

Time to spend here: 2 - 6 hours

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What's nearby? Cotswolds, Tewkesbury, Shropshire, Bath

What transport do you recommend? Cheltenham has a good bus service and can be reached by train or car.

Did you know? In the 2001 census 1 in every 75 people (1633 people) in Cheltenham declared their religion to be 'Jedi'.

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Pittville Pump Room

The Pittville Pump Room is the grandest of the town's many spa buildings. Built in 1825, it overlooks the sweeping lawns and ornamental lakes of Pittville Park. The spa waters can still be tasted today from the original marble and scagliola pump, although now they are pumped electronically from the well, 80 feet below, rather than by the traditional hand pump method. The unpleasant tasting liquid supposedly had the power to cure all ills!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Holst Birthplace Museum

The Holst Birthplace Museum has photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia all appertaining to the composer's life and a small exhibition space showing items from the Holst Collection.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum depicts the town's life through the ages with a great selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, archaeology plus many artefacts from all over the world.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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