Cheltenham

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Sudeley Castle showing a castle, a garden and heritage architecture

This town in England’s picturesque Cotswolds region is famous for regency architecture, pristine parks, lively shopping districts and horse racing.

Cheltenham is a lively spa town renowned for its handsome architecture, glorious parks, stylish shopping districts, festivals and sporting events. Cheltenham is in the heart of the Cotswolds, a picturesque region of meadows, hills and historic towns in south-central England. The town rose to prominence in the 1700s after the discovery of a natural spring, which attracted esteemed visitors such as King George III.

The focal points of Cheltenham are the tree-lined Promenade and fashionable Montpellier Walk. Find independent boutiques, eclectic restaurants and lively pubs inside graceful 19th-century buildings. Nearby, Imperial Square and Gardens is surrounded by colorful flower displays and Georgian houses. Relax in Montpellier Gardens, the setting for summer concerts and food and jazz festivals.

Visit local museums to learn about the town’s long history and famous sons. The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum has ancient artifacts and celebrates local pioneers, including Antarctic explorer, Edward Wilson. Discover the life of revered composer Gustav Holst at the Holst Birthplace Museum. Enjoy an evening of music or theatrical entertainment at the Cheltenham Town Hall or century-old Everyman Theatre.

Cheltenham has numerous public parks. Centrally located Sandford Park features an ornamental garden, fountains and an outdoor swimming pool. A short walk from the town center is Pittville Park, with sprawling green lawns, a boating lake, aviaries, a golf course and skate park. Be sure to sample the medicinal spa water at the park’s architecturally impressive Pittville Pump Room.

Enjoy the thrill of horse racing at Cheltenham Racecourse. In March it’s the setting for one of the world’s most prestigious events, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Festivals held here, such as June’s Wychwood Festival, welcome famous bands and musicians.

Although a fascinating town in its own right, Cheltenham is also a short drive from some of England’s other appealing destinations. Bath, Bristol and Birmingham are just over 50 miles (80 kilometers) away, easily reachable via trains and buses. Alternatively, board the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for a steam train journey through the quaint towns and villages of the Cotswolds.

The George
The George
3.5 out of 5
Saint George's Road, Cheltenham, England, GL50 3DZ
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$141 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Cheltenham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (122 reviews)
"Check in and check out was not a friendly experience. Nobody really cared. Change your front of house staff. Breakfast area staff were much better."

Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2022

The George
Jurys Inn Cheltenham
Jurys Inn Cheltenham
4 out of 5
Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, England, GL51 0TS
The price is AU$157 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cheltenham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (645 reviews)
"Very comfortable stay - just one criticism - there was no water in the room and we had to buy it from a vending machine in reception. There should have been at least one bottle of complimentary water. Otherwise, a very nice stay for a weekend away and would stay again."

Reviewed on 3 May 2022

Jurys Inn Cheltenham
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cheltenham
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cheltenham
4 out of 5
Parabola Road, Cheltenham, England, GL50 3AH
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$145 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cheltenham. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (459 reviews)
"Staff are always so friendly and helpful love staying at this hotel 😊😊😊"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2022

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cheltenham
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Strozzi Palace Suites by Mansley
Strozzi Palace Suites by Mansley
4 out of 5
55 St Georges Place, Cheltenham, England, GL50 3LA
The price is AU$152 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly apartment in Cheltenham. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and an LCD TV. Our guests praise the bathrooms in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (104 reviews)
"Really like these suites, and will stay again. Stayed in the Tuscany suite - lovely kitchenette/sitting/dining area with Juliette balcony. The bedroom is beautiful and tucked away to the side - only gripes are that there is no window in the bedroom and we found it very hot despite opening doors to ..."

Reviewed on 19 Apr. 2022

Strozzi Palace Suites by Mansley
Portland Apartments
Portland Apartments
3.5 out of 5
43 Portland Street, Cheltenham, England, gl52 2NX
The price is AU$210 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Cheltenham. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking ...
5/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
"Lovely stay…excellent communication from owner. Apartment spotlessly clean and breakfast items left were of good quality. Will definitely return."

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2022

Portland Apartments
Cheltenham Plaza
Cheltenham Plaza
4 out of 5
Warwick Place, Cheltenham, England, GL52 2NB
The price is AU$164 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Cheltenham. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (28 reviews)
Pleasant stay at the plaza apartments
"Pleasant stay at Cheltenham Plaza. Everything was clean and a great sized room with double bedroom, open plan lounge and kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath. 10 minute walk to Cheltenham playhouse so ideal for what I wanted. Car park about a 3 minute walk around the corner, £10 for 24hrs. Great ..."

Reviewed on 17 Dec. 2021

Cheltenham Plaza
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Get out and see the Cotswolds, there i so much here to see.

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27 Sep. 2019

It is a beautiful city with plenty of shopping and importantly it is close to the wonderful Cotswold.

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22 Apr. 2019

A highly recommended destination for a quiet and relaxing stay after a day out exploring the Cotswolds. The service and facilities were excellent

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11 Apr. 2019

This area is beautiful and provides time to chill out

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