Things to do in Cheltenham

With a reputation as the most complete Regency town in the UK, and a perfect location in the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Britain. It’s home to some of the best festivals in the UK, which attract everyone from literature lovers to horse-racing fanatics, and the nearby Sudeley Castle provides one of the best days out in England, not to mention some of the finest gardens in the world. It was the discovery of Cheltenham’s mineral-rich natural springs that led to the town’s rapid expansion in the 18th century. Walk around town today, particularly the parks and gardens of Pittville and Montpellier, and you’ll see for yourself the riches the town’s spas have attracted. These districts are excellent for exploring, particularly when it comes to bars and boutiques. Cheltenham also boasts a fantastic food scene with delightful dishes concocted from the finest Cotswold produce. Then there’s places like the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham Town Hall and The Wilson art gallery and museum, so you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Cheltenham. For anyone staying at one of our Cheltenham hotels, there really is something for every hour of the day.


Attractions

Join us on a virtual tour of Cheltenham’s historic spa buildings and picturesque parklands, taking you from the town centre through the Montpellier Quarter, and past the photo opportunities in Pittville, all before the short trip out of town to the famous Sudeley Castle.

Shopping

Between the Regent Arcade Shopping Centre, where you’ll find all your favourite high street names, the boutiques of Montpellier and The Promenade, and the bargain-filled markets of Cheltenham, you can well and truly shop until you drop in the Regency town.

Activities

Come rain or shine, there’s always an activity for you in Cheltenham. The town boasts one of the best inland links golf courses you’ll ever play, boating lakes, bowling lanes, trampolines, one particularly famous farm, and a crew of top-class tour guides to take you out into the Cotswolds.


Premier Inn video guide to Cheltenham


Places to eat

The Cotswolds’ most famous town has all manner of excellent restaurants, cafés and food markets making the most of the area’s fine local produce. We’ll show you where to go for coffee, cake and cruffins during the day, plus our pick of Cheltenham’s best evening eateries that are cooking up some of the finest food you’ll eat all year, particularly when it comes to curries.

Nightlife

What better introduction to Cheltenham’s nightlife than a mini bar crawl around Montpellier? Along the way, you can stop off at local favourite wine bars, one of the best stocked gin palaces you’ll ever drink in, subterranean nightclubs, some of the finest pubs in Cheltenham, and a late night hotspot where the toss of a coin decides whether or not you get your round for £1.


Cheltenham Festival

From the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ that erupts from the opening race, right the way through to the Gold Cup, which provides a grand conclusion to four days of horse racing festivities, our guide is here to tell you all about the world-famous, much-loved Cheltenham Festival.

Sudeley Castle

Discover why Sudeley Castle is rated as one of the best days out in the entire country, whether it’s the world-class gardens, the chapel where a famous queen is buried, or the magnificent castle rooms which take you back in time to Tudor times.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Get to know one of the most iconic buildings in the whole of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Town Hall – from its resplendent history as an assembly rooms right the way through to its current entertainment programme of concerts, festivals and shows.


Entertainment

Masque balls, comedy clubs, Frank Matcham’s oldest surviving theatre, a state-of-the-art arts centre, the resplendent Cheltenham Town Hall, and the small matter of the Cheltenham Festival, which attracts more than 250,000 punters over four days of pints and ponies – Cheltenham’s entertainment scene has something for everyone.

Culture

Cheltenham’s cultural calendar throws up fantastic options from spring right the way through to autumn’s Cheltenham Literature Festival – the largest festival of its kind anywhere in the world. That’s not all, as the regency town also has the best gallery in Gloucestershire and all manner of fascinating museums for you to explore.

Getting around

The fact you can walk from the Pittville Pump Room on one side of town to the Montpellier Gardens on the other in less than half an hour tells you how easy getting around Cheltenham can be. Most of the main attractions are central and easily visited; the only one slightly out of your way is Sudeley Castle, but it’s well worth the trip. 


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Come to the Cotswolds and stay any one of our Cheltenham hotels while you explore the most complete Regency town in the UK. Whether you're planning your visit around Cheltenham's festival calendar, or you simply fancy ticking off some of the town's top attractions such as Sudeley Castle, take your pick from our three conveniently located hotels.