Lonely Planet review for The Promenade
Famed as one of England’s most beautiful streets, the Promenade is a wide, tree-lined boulevard flanked byArt Gallery & Museum imposing period buildings. The Municipal Offices, built as private residences in 1825, are among the most striking on this street and they face a statue of Edward Wilson (1872–1912), a local man who joined Captain Scott’s ill-fated second expedition to the South Pole.
Continuing on from here, you’ll pass the grandiose Imperial Gardens, built to service the Imperial Spa (now the Queens Hotel), en route to Montpellier, Cheltenham’s most fashionable district. Along with the handsome architecture of the area, there’s a lively collection of bars, restaurants and independent shops and boutiques. Along Montpellier Walk, caryatids (draped female figures based on those on the Acropolis in Athens) act as structural supports between the shops, each balancing an elaborately carved cornice on her head.