10 Things to do in Cheltenham That You Shouldn't Miss

September 27, 2021 Giuseppe Pratt

Cheltenham was just your average, sleepy town until the discovery of a spring in 1716, after which it became Britain's most popular spa town. (Like Palm Springs without the casinos.) Local Cheltonians have a reputation for being wealthy and respectable, and a walk along the Promenade will give you a first-class view of their wonderful houses, shops and gardens. After taking in the waters at the Pittville Pump Room (great name for a spa), check out the Art Gallery and Museum to learn about the social history of Cheltenham.
Restaurants in Cheltenham

1. Walks With Hawks

Cheltenham England +44 1452 537420 [email protected] http://www.walkswithhawks.co.uk
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Walks With Hawks

We offer a range of packages giving you a rare opportunity to handle and fly a variety of Birds Of Prey here in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire the heart of The Cotswolds. Groups are intentionally kept small, this ensures everyone will get plenty of hands on time with the birds. Max 6 participants, although larger groups catered for on request. Therefore our experiences should not be compared to those found on the discount sites, where groups tend to be very large. Our sessions are designed to give you a more personal experience whether you choose our Hawk Walk, Owl encounter or one of our other packages our aim is to give you some very special memories to cherish.

Reviewed By Extraordinary706245

Today was all about making treasured memories..... Thanks to Clare from Walks with hawks I was able to give my parents an experience I never thought possible. My mother is physically disabled with limited mobility and severe ataxia (uncontrollable shakes) Clare was so patient and kind to my mum and involved her completely and made her feel confident to fully participate. With mum's physical challenges this was truly magical to see. I was amazed to see mum completely at ease to hold all the birds, and have them fly to her, including the magnificent Hope, the blue Chilean Eagle. Dad was in awe and blown away by spectacular birds. The whole experience was fabulous from start to finish, Clare's knowledge and passion for her beautiful birds is infectious. Clare proved to be the most attentive guide with us all and adapted the experience so that we all could enjoy it to the full. 5 star service with memories that we will treasure forever

2. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is a heritage railway over 14 miles (23km) long in the beautiful English Cotswolds. Visit the GWSR stations at Broadway (postcode WR12 7DF), Toddington (postcode GL54 5DT), Winchcombe (GL54 5LD), or Cheltenham Racecourse (GL50 4SH). Free parking, and there is so much to do in addition to riding on the heritage trains. There are authentic Great Western Railway stations and well-stocked shops. Catering options include on-train buffet cars, Broadway Station Refreshment Room, 1950s themed Coffee Pot Cafe at Winchcombe Station and the Flag & Whistle Restaurant at Toddington Station. There is a model railway coach and Discovery Coach at Winchcombe Station, whilst at Toddington there is a self-guided heritage trail, a children’s play area, a have-a-go signalbox and a locomotive yard viewing area. Check out our website to see the operating days, the train times and the range of this year's special events, both for enthusiasts and for children.

3. Everyman Theatre

Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ England +44 1242 572573 http://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/
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Everyman Theatre

Reviewed By buzz7763 - Lydney, United Kingdom

Great evening at the everyman, lovely venue and, friendly staff. So easy to park by, we walked down a few steps and we were in the theatre. We were front row of the upper circle, right in the middle, so we had a great view of the stage. Al Murray was very entertaining, and the chandelier was impressive ???? my son had an ice cream which was £3 and very small, but all in all a great evening

4. Pittville Park

Pitville Park Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL51 9JZ England +44 1242 250019 http://www.cheltenham.gov.uk/info/33/parks_and_open_spaces/350/pittville_park
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Pittville Park

Reviewed By E5743MRcarolinef

Brilliant couple of hours for kids under 10! Large climbing frames, bouncing mats and zip wire. Nice little sand play area too with water feature. Bring some food along and feed the ducks/swans too and have a picnic in the park. Wonderful cafe with great choice of snacks for kids and adults and range of sandwiches too at great prices. Toilets on site too !

5. Montpellier District

Montpellier Walk, Cheltenham GL50 England http://www.montpellier-cheltenham.com
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Montpellier District

Reviewed By Nmoyers

Smashing place. Really lovely and lots to do. Stunningly beautiful architecture and very friendly locals

6. Cotswold Farm Park

Bemborough Farm, Kineton, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UG England +44 1451 850307 [email protected] http://www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk/
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Cotswold Farm Park

Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. The indoor barns can be enjoyed all year round, as they are undercover and protected from the elements. With an adventure playground, Farm Safari, Maze, Tractor School, Sand pits and Jumping pillows, there’s lots of entertainment for children of all ages. The on-site restaurant, serving seasonal food and Adam’s own beer, is a hit with the adults. There’s plenty to offer outside the Farm Park too. Experience the stunning diversity of animals and plants by completing the two mile Wildlife walk, or extend your stay by booking a pitch on the campsite. We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By Chris737320 - Oxford, United Kingdom

A really enjoyable day at Adam’s Farm. This was a return visit for us, and the mix of animals and play activities kept all the family very well entertained. Additionally, the rare breed sausage and chips went down very well indeed with everyone - and the restaurant improvements since last time was a welcome improvement Highly recommend

7. Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham GL50 4SH England +44 1242 513014 http://www.cheltenham.co.uk/
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Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is the Home of Jump Racing hosting the world famous "Festival™ presented by Magners" in March every year. As well as racing we host concerts, comedy nights, weddings and business events.

Reviewed By DaveH801 - Nottingham, United Kingdom

Was so lucky to have been to this fabulous race course on 14th March St. Patrick's day Thursday at the festival. Every bit of the course is top class, really well organised and all the staff were brilliant. We was in the Club enclosure so brilliant view, really friendly atmosphere. It was my 1st time at horse racing so even if you have like me never been to the race's I truly recommend the Cheltenham festival. The horses are stunning. During the festival there is a vast amount of stalls, bars and shopping.

8. Sandford Parks Lido

Sandford Parks Lido Keynsham Road, Cheltenham GL53 7PU England +44 1242 524430 [email protected] http://www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk/
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Sandford Parks Lido

Sandford Parks Lido - a not for profit charitable trust since 1996. Built in 1935, set in four acres of beautiful landscaped grounds. Many of the original art deco features remain. We are in the very heart of Cheltenham, the town centre is just a brief walk through Sandford Park. Our USP is our olympic size, 50 metre, 10 lane heated outdoor swimming pool. There are spacious family areas with a heated paddling pool and swimming pool. Both indoor and outdoor changing facilities available with access to baby / toddler change. The main pool is heated to 26 degrees, the children’s pools are 30 degrees. We have an in-house cafe with plentiful seating both inside and out.

Reviewed By beanne123

Visited the lido one sunny afternoon and very much enjoyed the experience. It was as expected with both outdoor and indoor changing facilities. Outdoor facilities were very rustic, well it is the end of the season, but the toilets showers and changing indoor were spotless. Nice little cafe selling a range of hot and cold drinks. Pool clean and clear and heated to good temp. With big steps leading in and out. Met a couple of very friendly regulars. All in all I can't wait for it to reopen again next year

Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JT England +44 1242 237431 [email protected] http://www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk
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The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

Four new floors house extensive galleries for temporary exhibitions - for international / national touring shows, special highlights from our collections and fun shows for families - space to discover local heroes and archive collections, including the great Edward Wilson (one of Scott's key men on his 1912 expedition to Antarctica), and a new gallery space in which the internationally renowned Arts & Crafts collection will be shown.

Reviewed By lyndel4

This gallery is excellent - very helpful staff give advice on places to visit/eat and provide maps and guides. The café provides delicious foods, home made soup or yummy cakes - very comfortable and pleasant surroundings - or sit outside in the sun and enjoy the passing 'conversations'!!

10. Brennen & Brown

Bramery Business Park Alstone Lane Unit 2C, The Bramery, Cheltenham GL51 8HE England +44 1242 370400 [email protected] http://www.brennenandbrown.com
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Brennen & Brown

Brennen & Brown Distillery welcomes visitors to the distillery to enjoy guided tours and create their very own gin. Ginspirational Gin Lab: Join us to make your very own 70cl bottle of gin to take home. You will be assisted by our distillers to pick from a range of 30 botanicals. A full tour and sampling is included. Gin Lab experiences run from 2pm until around 4.30pm, for more information head to our website. Gin Tasting: An evening of gin tasting that will take you and your taste buds from the beginnings of gin to today's modern methods of production and styles. Learn about different garnishes and how they change what you can taste in your G&T. The gin tastings run from 5:30pm until around 7pm on Thursdays, Fridays and the occasional Saturday. For more information head to our website.

Reviewed By Stevensons5 - Portishead, United Kingdom

Great afternoon making our own Gin, very informative and good fun and great to have a bottle of Gin to take away that you made yourself.

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