Riddled with historic buildings and still exuding the gracious air of an 18th-century spa resort, Cheltenham is a cosmopolitan hub at the centre of the rustic Cotswolds. The town grew dramatically after its spa waters were discovered in 1716 and in its heyday rivalled Bath as the place for the sick, hypochondriac and merely moneyed to go.
Today its period charms and elegant architecture attract a well-heeled class of resident and the leafy crescents, beautifully proportioned terraces, wrought-iron balconies and expansive parks are kept in top-notch condition. But Cheltenham also has a reputation for partying on a grand scale, with festivals of national importance held throughout the year. There’s also a host of fine hotels, restaurants and expensive boutiques, making it a popular base for exploring the region.
Cheltenham destination guides
Exploring the Cotswolds
A week long walk in the picturesque Cotswolds of southern England