This area of town provides lots of speciality shops, most with high prices to match. However, you can pick up some bargains if you have a look around and you are sure to find some quite unique items. Most of the shops open out onto the street although there is a small arcade. Take note of the Cryatids (Shown in picture) and lead roofed Rotunda (Pump room, now a bank).
-: Regent Arcade
Light and spacious arcade with many of the usual High Street shops but also some speciality shops and a few cafes. Look out for the famous Wishing Fish Clock by Kit Williams. If you get there on the hour the fish blows bubbles! The clock is reputed to be the tallest in the world, at 14m and weighing 3 tonnes! The second level also provides access to Cavendish House across a large enclosed walkway (with cafe) over Regent Street.
W. H. Smith, Ltd.: More than Books
WHSmith is a book and stationary store. The URL given is for the on-line store.
What to buy: I had bought a paper narrowboat model at the narrowboat headquarters on Monday. Bob looked at it and said it was for adults to do and too hard for our grandson. So while we were walking around Cheltenham, we went into W.H. Smith where Bob bought some materials to do the model - things like glue and knives etc.
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The Regent Arcade: The Nicest Mall In Cheltenham
The Regent Arcade, on the High Street has a wide variety of shops including ranging from Clothes to Toys. The Regent Arace also provides shoppers with small cafes and restaurants on the lower floors. Some of the shops in the Regent Arcade include Toywizz (previously known as Young World), Lush, Body Shop, Thorntons, BHS, Etam and Bay Trading. Extensive facilities throughout the shopping mall make purchasing good easier, especially if you have children. Toilets can be found on the 1st floor and are acessible with three lifts and stairs. There is also a walkway between the Regent Arcade and Cavendish House to provide easier access to even more shopping. There are extensive car parks in the Regent Arcade as well as spaces provided close to town, the paying machines are designated on all floors.
What to buy: Cheltenham has too much to offer... theres lots to buy
What to pay: As much as you want.. it depends what you want
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The Brewery: Eat food, Burn it off and Relax
What to buy: The Brewery is an area of really nice restaurants - ranging from Chinese to Mexican. This is a brand new cinema, really nice and great value for money. Unless the film you are about to see is very busy you are not allocated a seat and can sit anywhere in the cinema!
What to pay: An example of the prices to pay (24/6/09):
Cineworld (before 5pm): £5.90
Frankie & Benny's: Spaghetti Carbonara: £7.55
Chiquito's: Beef Wrap: £9.55
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Montpellier Confectionery: More sweets than you can shake a stick at
I remember fondly my childhood days when you could go and buy 'a quarter' of your favorite sweets from big glass jars at the local shop. So my eyes bulged when I saw the window of Montpellier Confectionery, with shelves and shelves of sweets in glass jars!!
Inside you can buy bags of sweets, toffees and fudges. You can also buy an entire jar if you have a very sweet tooth. All the sweets seemed to cost 95 pence for 100 grammes (close enough to 'a quarter' for me). According to the shop's website, many of the sweets are locally made.
Yum! Open till five each evening, from what I remember.
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All the shops: Montpellier
The Montpellier area lies just West of the town centre and contains a number of small shops and arcades selling everything from art and antiques to kitchenware and dolls.
What to buy: This is an excellent area to pick up a unique or unusual gift. The shopping experience is better than the large chainstores along the High Street.
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