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Cheltenham Guide




Cheltenham is a gorgeous spa town and knowing your way around is a great place to start. We’re well acquainted with this part of the world and so we have a pretty good idea of what’s going on – check out our guide to the very best Cheltenham has to offer!

Getting In

Car

It’s not difficult to drive to Cheltenham via the M5 and although there is plenty of parking in the town’s centre, there are a lot of confusing one way systems which make it difficult to navigate. Bearing that in mind, you might find it easier to use the park and ride service and avoid central traffic.

Bus

Now it might not be as classy as the city of Cheltenham itself but taking a coach to the city is a cheap, easy and effective way to go. The station is behind The Promenade and so very easy to get to.

Train

It’s simple to reach Cheltenham station by train and if you’re coming from Paddington, Bristol or Birmingham, there are direct links. Annoyingly, the station isn’t close to the main drag in Cheltenham and you’ll probably end up taking a taxi with the girls. There are always plenty parked up outside the station.

Entertainment Venues 

Everyman Theatre

This theatre is one of best in the area and shows fantastic musicals, gigs, plays and comedy throughout the year. Perfect for kicking back and relaxing with your friends in Cheltenham! Jane Asher in Moon Tiger is coming up, along with a production of Boeing Boeing and an adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong.

Playhouse Theatre

This one is a little more casual and often stages works by local amateur groups. It used to be a swimming baths but once it was converted to a performance space in the 1950s, the local productions just kept on coming!

Cineworld Cinema

Fancy a bit of relaxation in front of one of the latest flicks? Grab some popcorn and get tickets for a gooey rom com at the super modern Brewery Complex which also has a lot of convenient bars, restaurants and parking all under the same roof.

Town Hall and Pump Room

Ever since they were built, the town hall and pump room were reserved for entertaining locals and visitors alike – and that tradition continues today. Big acts like Jimmy Carr, Ed Byrne and Adam Ant are all performing in the near future, making it one of the most prestigious venues in the area.

Top of the Shops

Cheltenham is a great place to shop and we’ve put together a guide to all the best independent stores in the area. Make your experience unique and pick up gifts, clothes or jewellery which can only be found in Cheltenham!

Inside Out

This shop stocks a variety of gorgeous gifts and treats which are perfect for birthdays and special occasions. From cards and wrapping to jewellery and the kinds of products which you’ll certainly never find on the high street.

Rosablue

Take a trip to Rosablue if you fancy giving your house a brand new look. Pick up fabrics to make your own pieces with or gifts and accessories for the interior too – seriously pretty florals, butterflies and everything girlie line the shelves here.

Cologne & Cotton

Situated in the beautiful Montpellier area of the city, this shop sells exactly what the name would suggest. Buy gorgeous cotton items to wear, cover your bed with and use around the home, as well as a fantastic range of unique fragrances. Seriously stylish!

Flax

This boutique store is a leading stockist of a wide variety of fantastic ladies wear. Buy beautiful designer dresses for that special occasion, wedding wear, party wear or the best fitting pair of jeans you’ve ever owned, as well as pretty jewellery and hats. A classy establishment to the core.

Because the best things in life are free…

The royal city can be a pricey place to hang out so we’ve come up with a couple of things that you can do 100% free in Cheltenham!

Horseplay

You don’t have to place massive bets to take part in horse racing – simply visit the Hall of fame exhibition at the Racecourse and get a great potted history of the Gold Cup. 

Sudeley Castle

Okay, so you do have to pay to get in but nobody’s going to stop you having a good old look at the pretty outside area. Perfect for hen weekend pictures.

Park Life

Pitville Park is a beautiful place to take a stroll around when the sun comes out. Enjoy a drink or a slice of cake outdoors with the girls as the Pump Rooms provide the perfect backdrop. A real must when you visit the city. 


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