Race to Cheltenham for a wealth of attractions

Race to Cheltenham for a wealth of attractions

For sports enthusiasts, Cheltenham is synonymous with the races. The legendary Gold Cup is the fourth largest sporting event in the UK. So, whether you’re a horse lover or just fond of a flutter, Cheltenham is the place to be every March. For others, Cheltenham is best known as home to GCHQ, the UK's intelligence, security and cyber agency. Even if you haven’t heard of them, they’ve probably heard of you! Aside from horses and spooks, however, Cheltenham has many other attractions worth exploring.

Scenery and more

For one thing, the town is known as the gateway to the Cotswolds. England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is famed for its rolling hills and pretty villages. And from Cheltenham, you can explore its fabulous countryside at your leisure. The town is also at one end of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. This heritage steam and diesel service take visitors through the Cotswolds in style. In the summer, it even hosts a teddy bears’ picnic. And ‘the Cheltenham Fryer’, where you can enjoy scampi and chips while you admire the views.

There’s also much to admire in Cheltenham itself. The architecture for one thing. In the 18th century, it became a popular spa town. It remains ‘the most complete Regency town’ in England. Elegant classical terraces include that of the Municipal Offices on the Promenade. Then there’s Cheltenham Minster. The lovely church has been in continuous use since the 12th century. And many medieval features can still be seen today. It also boasts no fewer than 13 bells.

A feast of festivals (and shopping)

In addition to the horse racing, the ‘festival town’ hosts up to 25 major events throughout the year. These include ­The Times & Sunday Times Literature Festival and the Cheltenham Paint Festival. Cheltenham is also blessed with abundant bars and restaurants. And rich pickings when it comes to shopping too. Don’t miss the Montpelier Courtyard: ‘a haven of independent boutique shops, stores and eateries’. Or the Brewery Quarter: a one-stop shop where you can shop, dine, stay and play’.

No wonder Cheltenham has been named the best place to live in southwest England by Th­e Sunday Times. Even the New York Times has noticed the town’s 'cultural renaissance'. So it’s the perfect place to visit for a few days of exploration, pampering and fun. And we have the ideal option when it comes to accommodation.

Set up Residence

Guestz manage the Residence, a sympathetic restoration of a Regency-style, Grade II listed building right in the centre of town. This boutique development hosts a suite of 17 stylish apartments within four houses. And Berkeley House, Mayfair House, St George’s House and St James’ House are as classy as they sound. There are four two-bedroom apartments and 13 one-bedroom apartments, each with unique features.

With the Residence as your base, you can explore Cheltenham and the surrounding countryside. Why not get in touch to discuss your needs? We’re sure we can provide everything you need for an amazing stay.