Cheltenham visitor information
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Promenade is the heart of Regency Cheltenham, a refined main street filled with beautiful architecture. In the summer months baskets of flowers are hung from the buildings that verge on The Promenade. Further out of the town centre is the Pittville Pump Room, perhaps the finest remnant of the Regency boom still intact in Cheltenham.
It was built between 1825-30, and now houses a museum including historical costumes. There are concerts in the ballroom and in the park that surrounds Pittville.
Cheltenham is home to the Cheltenham Race Course, which hosts the Gold Cup, one of the highlights of the British sporting season. Even if racing is not your cup of tea, you need to be aware of the Cheltenham races, particularly the National Hunt Meeting in March, because at that time it is VERY difficult to find places to stay in the area.
Nearby attractions include Leckhampton Hill, where an Iron Age hill fort tops the promontory. Also at Leckhampton is the Devil's Chimney, a 50 ft. high column of limestone. Local legend says that it rises staright from Hell, but the shaft is actually caused by centuries of quarrying for building stone.
Address: Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: SO952 221
Photo Credit: Philip Halling, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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