Cheltenham lies at the western gateway to the Cotswolds and is famous for its Georgian architecture, Regency terraces and elegant, sophisticated ambience. It became a fashionable spa town in the 18th Century and the medicinal waters helped to elevate the town to a tourist resort, attracting both royalty and the aristocracy.
Nowadays, Cheltenham is a thriving market town full of boutique shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes and is ideally situated for exploring the surrounding Cotswold countryside. The town features many listed buildings with period terraces and garden squares in typical regency style. In spring, the town bursts into colour with floral displays and there are numerous gardens and parks in which to enjoy a relaxing stroll.
Cheltenham is known as ''the festival town of England,'' hosting an array of prestigious events, including the world famous Cheltenham Gold Cup (Horse race). There are also numerous other events throughout the year including jazz, folk, science, food, comedy and literary festivals. There are theatres, art galleries and museums, including the town''s newest attraction, ‘The Wilson’, housing fine art collections and works by local artists.
Shopping is a big feature in the town, and there are numerous award-winning independent shops, including antique shops, specialist boutiques and family-run delicatessens, specialising in Gloucestershire cheeses and other excellent local produce. On the second and last Friday of each month, a farmers'' market sets up stalls outside the main Tourist Centre, providing more opportunities to sample local foods.
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