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A City Guide to Cheltenham - Historic Landmarks, Posh Spas, and Live Theater

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Often called "a town within a park," the spa resort city of Cheltenham mixes new and old-world charms in its dramatic architecture, parks, and museums. Rich in culture, the city has a number of Victorian-era landmarks to remind visitors of its heritage, as well as quaint cafés and expansive parks.

Cheltenham Minster

 

Dedicated to St. Mary, Cheltenham Minster is the only remaining medieval building in the city. colourful Victorian stained-glass windows are among its fascinating features. There are a number of memorials, including a commemoration to King George III who visited in 1788. A 10-minute walk away is Holst Birthplace Museum, dedicated to Gustav Holst, composer of "The Planets," who was born there in 1874. The period house contains Holst's piano, an Edwardian nursery, and a working Victorian kitchen. Not only will you get to know the celebrated composer better, you'll learn about home life in the 1800s.

 

  • Cheltenham Minster, St. Mary's, 44 Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3PL; Tel: +44 1242 519520; Website: Cheltenham Minster, St. Mary's
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  • Holst Birthplace Museum, 4 Clarence Road, Pittville, Cheltenham GL52 2AY; Tel: +44 1242 524846; Website: Holst Birthplace Museum

Lush parks and gardens

 

Cheltenham is often called "a town within a park," so you'll be in your element if you enjoy nature. Pittville Park has aviaries, a large playground, and small wooded areas surrounding a lake. A 6-minute drive away is Montpellier Gardens, surrounded by heritage buildings and next to a small arboretum. You can stroll alongside flower beds on walkways lined with lime trees, venture into the children's playground, and stop by the garden café, which serves fresh food and drinks.

 

 

theatre and concerts

 

In a city that prizes culture as highly as Cheltenham, it's only natural that theatre takes centre stage. Check out Everyman Theatre, founded in 1891, for mainstream productions like "The Shawshank Redemption," Agatha Christie's "A Murder is Announced," and West End comedy "Handbagged." Or you can head to Cheltenham Town Hall for a night of comedy, music, or theatre in opulent, heritage-listed surrounds.

 

  • Everyman Theatre, 7-10 Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ; Tel: +44 1242 572573; Website: Everyman Theatre
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  • Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA; Tel: +44 844 576 2210; Website: Cheltenham Town Hall

 

Spas in Cheltenham

 

What better place to spend a day being pampered than Cheltenham, a traditional spa resort? Earl's & Co. offers a champagne and nail bar, an array of massages, facials, men's treatments, and more. Tonic of Cheltenham's signature treatments include a 2-hour pressure point massage, a salt scrub, and a warm oil massage. You can also enjoy a hot stone massage and a body wrap.

 

  • Earl's & Co., 19 Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HE; Tel: +44 1242 257653; Website: Earl's & Co.
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  • Tonic of Cheltenham, 10 Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham GL50 2AN; Tel: +44 1242 260425; Website: Tonic of Cheltenham

 

A museum and art gallery

 

Cheltenham takes great pride in its artistic and cultural heritage, which is clear from the moment you step into local museum and art gallery The Wilson. After reopening in 2013, the extended and updated building offers an exciting program of temporary exhibitions. On the museum side, collections include costumes, archaeology, geology, and more. Art exhibitions change regularly and feature touring contemporary pieces from around the world.

 

  • The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JT; Tel: +44 1242 237431; Website: The Wilson