Cheltenham – Historical Town
Zara Phillips at Cheltenham Racecourse credit www.cheltenham.co.uk
The vibrant town of Cheltenham, located on the borders of the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, is an attractive weekend break favourite amongst tourists. Also known as a regency spa town, Cheltenham has been a popular holiday area for almost 300 years, with a fabulous and stylish variety of restaurants, shops and nightlife.
Cheltenham is submerged by it’s intriguing history where in the early 1200’s it was originally a market town. During the 18th century, it was discovered in a field south of the town that the waters were found to have medicinal purposes. This provided a range of benefits for many illnesses and became one of England’s most popular spa’s. The infamous mineral waters can still be visited today near Cheltenham Ladies College, a must – see experience.
Jane Austen, Queen Victoria and Lord Byron were all famous figures who visited the town. Most famously, King George III stayed in the town for over a month, enjoying the mineral waters to improve his health. This ultimately made Cheltenham renowned for it’s health spa reputation and is now home to a range of luxurious spa resorts. Be sure to indulge in the perfect spa retreat break in this elegant town.
PLACES TO VISIT
Known as ‘the most complete regency town in England’, Cheltenham is home to various architecture masterpieces including the Cheltenham Synagogue which was chosen as “the best non- Anglican ecclesiastical buildings in Britain”. In addition, ‘The Wilson’ formerly known as the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum recently endured a £6 million rebuild which promises outstanding temporary exhibitions and galleries displaying a range of collections – all free admission to the general public.
This historical town is infused with a blend of traditional and contemporary culture. The town hosts a variety of festivals all year round taking place in various venues within the town. This includes the Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals which are all sponsored by reputable UK organisations. For sports enthusiasts, the Cheltenham Racecourse is the highlight of the jump season in UK horse racing and holds an exciting atmosphere for the Cheltenham Festival. Taking place annually every March, the 4 day event sees extensively trained British and Irish horses and jockeys battle it out for a prize worth millions which must not be missed!
The Montpeillier district of Cheltenham is a popular location in the town centre. Featuring an array of stylish boutique shops, contemporary bars, café’s and fine restaurants, it is one of the richest areas in town. Take a relaxing stroll along the broad promenade, and gaze at the striking apartments and buildings – this classy part of town is beautiful to see.
Strozzi Palace Suites by Mansley Serviced Apartments are located in the heart of the town centre in close proximity to all the main attractions, making it the perfect location for you to enjoy your stay.