A sophisticated hen party destination, Cheltenham, 'The Western Gateway to the Cotswolds’, has lots to offer. It has a really special atmosphere with a good nightlife. From horse-racing, music, literature to great food and drink there is something for everybody.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the front end of a horse from the back, you will certainly have a lot of fun with a day at the races! This famous Race course is situated below the escarpment of Cleeve Hill. It has two courses and when there is no racing you may be able to catch the odd music event.
Wanting some time to recharge your batteries? The spa will not disappoint. It has a hydrotherapy pool heated to 36 degrees Celsius, relaxing areas, amazing treatments, champagne, food and a gym for those wanting to do something a bit more energetic. You will leave feeling chilled, nourished and scrupulously clean!
Cheltenham is renowned for its shopping and has an abundance of different areas where you can shop until you drop such as the Promenade full of cafes, shops and restaurants; Regent Arcade with the tourist enticing Wishing Fish Clock; The Suffolks for antiques & restaurants & lastly, Montpellier area with bistros, cafes and specialist boutique shops.
Pittville Pump Rooms
Pittville Pump Rooms grand dome overlooks ornamental lakes located at the bottom of the park. This magnificent Grade 1 listed building was built both as a spa and a social venue. As England’s only source of natural alkaline water, you can still drink from its original pump.
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Bars & Restaurants
This place has a great vibe with its cocktail bar, Monday night live Jazz and dramatic and historic art deco dining room. It offers unpretentious classic dishes which use only the finest seasonal ingredients
No 131 & Crazy Eights
We love this recently restored Georgian villa with its uber cool decor split over 2 floors. It’s great for hen parties looking for a very spoilly evening with chilled decadency and charm.
A sophisticated restaurant in which to enjoy a three course dinner. There is a warm, intimate bar, open fireplaces for the winter and a gorgeous garden room with beautiful terrace (great for tea!).
Whether you want to lounge in comfort, enjoy the seasonal specials, indulge in the many cocktails or sample the collection of premium and homemade vodka, Revolution is the perfect place to party!
Late Night Coco
If you want to dance until the wee small hours then this is the place for you. This funky house basement bar is compact and offers free entry – open until 5am.
There are loads of other great places in Cheltenham, let us know what sort of things you like and we can come up with some ideas.
Feb: Cheltenham Folk Festival
Six acts, three nights, one stage. This exciting festival is perfect for the folk enthusiasts. See website
April: International Jazz Festival
A renowned festival that celebrates all the genres of Jazz under one umbrella. See website
July: Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival
For the foodies out there, enjoy a weekend of local produce from pop-up food bars. See website
July: Cheltenham Music Festival
With its magnificent range of venues, top-notch performers and breadth of musical styles, the Cheltenham Music Festival’s ‘shrewd mix of tradition and novelty’ (Daily Telegraph) always guarantees some very special musical experiences. See website
October: Cheltenham Festival of Literature
Some of the worlds greatest writers and thinkers descend on Cheltenham for a week of literary delight. See website
December: Christmas Lights & Market
Christmas chalets situated on the beautiful Promenade offer a great opportunity to buy unusual gifts and crafts. See website
In 1716, in a meadow outside the town, pigeons were found to be pecking at what turned out to be salt crystals at a spring which led to the establishment of the town as a Spa. The importance of the pigeons leading to the discovery of the ‘Spa Waters’ is reflected in three pigeons being included in the Cheltenham Coat of Arms.
Cheltenham was at its most fashionable between 1788 and the 1820s when it was visited by Jane Austen, Lord Byron and the Duke of Wellington.
The shops Joules, Vinegar Hill and L.K.Bennet on the corner of The Promenade and Imperial Lane occupy a building that was originally a café known as The Cosy Café. It opened in 1906 and was famous for its roof terrace.
Getting to Cheltenham
Cheltenham Spa is well served by CrossCountry trains, including direct services from many mainline stations including Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, York, Sheffield and Edinburgh. The railway station (GL51 8NP) is located approximately 1 mile from the town centre, and local buses depart into Cheltenham town centre every few minutes. By Car:
If arriving by car we recommend that you use Cheltenham’s Park & Ride service, this is located at Arle Court (GL51 6SY, near M5 Junction 11) and Cheltenham Racecourse (GL50 4SH). Parking is free, and the service runs every few minutes into the Town Centre; but please note that times vary on Sundays.