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1. History of Cheltenham
Cheltenham was awarded a market charter in 1226, but it is most famous for its status as a spa town. Legend has it that the medicinal properties of the water were discovered after people noticed pigeons pecking at salt deposits around the spring. In 1788, King George III visited Cheltenham for five weeks to take the spa water cure, and many distinguished figures and aristocrats...Read more
2. Now in Cheltenham
Cheltenham is a spa town in the county of Gloucestershire and is a gateway to the stunning Cotswolds. It is highly regarded for its cultural events, and is the home of many festivals and the famous Gold Cup horse racing event.
3. Events in Cheltenham
Cheltenham is the place to visit for year round festivals, there is always something exciting happening! Whether you want to enjoy the Gold Cup Horse Racing, Wychwood Festival of Music or one of the renowned Science, Literature, Jazz or Folk festivals, you really are spoilt for choice in Cheltenham.
4. Attractions in Cheltenham
Cheltenham has many attractions including the National Waterways Museum, Winchcombe Folk and Police museum, Cotswold Farm Park and The Gustav Holst Birthplace Museum. The National Waterways Museum takes visitors through the history of Britain’s inland waterways. The Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum is a unique museum that explores the history of the ancient town of Winchcomb...Read more
5. Things To Do in Cheltenham
Visitors to Cheltenham are often surprised by how good the shopping is! Cheltenham’s tree lined avenues and cafes create a continental feel, and are the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy.
6. Business in Cheltenham
With great shops, restaurants and bars, Cheltenham is buzzing with the presence of many well known businesses and independent local favourites.
7. Transport in Cheltenham
Cheltenham is easily accessed from areas in the West of England with regular train and bus services. The Cheltenham Spa Express goes directly from Cheltenham to London, and used to be known as the ‘Cheltenham Flyer’. The town is next to the M5, providing excellent transport links to London, Bristol and Birmingham.
8. Entertainment in Cheltenham
The Festival Calendar in Cheltenham is arguably one of the best in the UK, and the spa town is full of culture and entertainment all year round.
9. Famous Landmarks in Cheltenham
Cheltenham is often described as the ‘the most complete Regency town in England’, and boats a host of stunning Regency architecture. Gloucester Cathedral in Cheltenham is a must see for any visitors to the town. It is still used daily for worship, and dates back to Medieval times.
10. Interesting Facts about Cheltenham
The cloisters in Gloucester Cathedral were used in some scenes for the hugely successful Harry Potter films.
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01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
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The Underground Festival is a celebration of new musical talent from all over the UK. The festival is held over two days in September in Gloucester Guildhall, and features a packed programme of live performances. The Guildhall was shortlisted in NME’s search for Brit ...more
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The Wychwood Music Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse is a great family event that sees performances from bands from a wide range of different genres. The Festival is committed to be a family friendly event, and has a great deal of activities on offer for adults and chil ...more
01 March 2013 - 31 March 2012
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most famous and prestigious events in the National Hunt racing calendar. The first event was held in 1815, and since then it has been famous for its incredible racing and infectious atmosphere. The event is held every March, and see ...more
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