Cheltenham has been welcoming visitors for nearly three hundred years, ever since the discovery of the first natural spring. The very first Cheltenham Guide on 1781 described a visit to the town as "a journey of health and pleasure". According to legend the first medicinal waters were discovered when pigeons were noticed pecking at salty deposits which had formed around a spring on the present site of Cheltenham Ladies College.
Conveniently less than a hundred miles from London, Cheltenham is an ideal base for touring into the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon and Bath. Regency town houses, characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. With its award-winning gardens, impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and its festivals of horse racing, music and literature.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing break in a historic town, or a base for touring the Cotswolds, you will find a wide choice: from 4 star hotels to comfortable guest accommodation, smart serviced apartments or the freedom of self- catering or caravan and camping.
Parks & Gardens
The tree-lined Promenade with its colourful Long Gardens is one of the finest boulevards in the country and, in summer, the floral displays in the parks and gardens, together with colourful hanging baskets along many of the historic terraces, create a lively, continental atmosphere.
For more information about Cheltenham Spa, see www.visitcheltenham.com