Cheltenham Travel Guide

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Cheltenham Things to Do

  • Walking Tour of the town

    Yes, I could have spent ages researching the town on the net but I do enjoy finding out things from local people.So, I went to the Tourist Information, in the Promenade, to enquire about guided walks.11:30 Saturday and Sunday, £5 each. Great! The people in the tourist information office were so helpful.At 11:30 a group of ten met Mary, our guide....

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  • Statues that perform a hold-up!

    Yes, these statues, the Caryatids, are to be seen in Montpellier Walk in Cheltenham. They were created in 1840 by Rossi and are modelled on some of those in the Acropolis, Athens.Although they are made of painted (mostly white) terracotta, they have a function: to help support the buildings above them.I saw them on a guided walk of the town....

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  • Lady Hare and the Minotaur by Sophie...

    Sophie Ryder's 1993 piece, The Lady Hare and the Minotaur, really made me smile and feel at one with the world.It's a huge sculpture siiting on a bench in The Promenade.Sophie's website, sophieryder.net , shows plenty of other Lady Hares and Minotaurs ----plus dogs too! She hasn't gone for anatomical accuracy; she seems to be trying to show the...

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  • Memorial to Dr Edward Wilson, Polar...

    This memorial stands proudly in front of the civic offices in the Promenade.Edward Wilson, 1872-1912, was born in Cheltenham. He became a medical doctor and a skilful artist.However, he is best remembered for his two expeditions to Antarctica. The first one (1901-04) was with Scott and Shackleton.The second expedition was the ill-fated 'race to the...

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  • Cheltenham Ladies College

    This is one of the most prestigious private schools for women/girls in Britain.I was busy photographing features of a beautiful building when a woman smiled at me. I asked her what the building was . She told me it was Cheltenham Ladies College, and said she worked there. Inside are beautiful stained glass windows and ironwork, which she said could...

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  • Reminder of Scott's Antarctic Expedition

    Edward Adrian Wilson was one of the brave explorers who accompanied Scott on his expedition to reach the South Pole. Unfortunately all perished. Wilson is commenorated in a monumental statue, and a house associated with him.

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Cheltenham Hotels

Cheltenham Restaurants

  • Cheap buffet? You get what you pay for!

    £9.95 for an "eat as much as you want" buffet is cheap I wouldn't return to the Indus if it were only a fiver. Unlike the Everest in Cheltenham the staff seemed quite unfriendly (apart from the waitress), possible because we chose the buffet. Unlike the Everest, which is only a little more expensive, we had to pay for poppadoms, nan bead, chutney...

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  • Awful!!

    Just awful. I had high expectations, several people had told me it was lovely and brilliant food! It looks good and smells good. But we were taking to a table and just left there, we had no knife or fork, we wasn't told whether we just go straight up and get our food or to wait, we were not asked by the waitress if we'd like a drink. TERRIBLE...

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  • Always Time For Tea!

    Step back in time to the day when sitting with your family and friends around a table drinking tea and conversing was the daily norm. Well Walk Tea Rooms has the vintage feel, with fine bone china tea cups, tea pots, and perfectly set tables. The ambience in this small 'cafe' is very nice, it is not a large cafe (so booking at least a day before is...

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Cheltenham Nightlife

  • The Best Club In Town!

    Subtone is a Nightclub and Live Music venue on the Promenade in Cheltenham representing the best DJ’s & Live Bands from around the globe, with a state of the art sound system, lighting and friendly intimate atmosphere.The Club incorporates the Piano Bar with Live Pianist & Cafe’ Bar while situated in the basement area is the Main Club, Bongo Bar...

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  • Gigs at the Pigs

    Lively friendly place in the heart of Cheltenham filled with an interesting mixture of characters. I think the '2 Pigs' was named so that the owners could advertise 'Gigs at the Pigs' ;)When I visited on a Saturday the club was playing a wide selection of Indie Rock, Punk ...and Screamo music (yeah ...that's a new one to me too!). When they wanted...

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  • Ready for a late night?

    I have to say hand on heart this is my fave place to go anytime of the day or night! The food is amazin and your not left hanging about for ages waiting! When the sun goes down, the tables are cleared and the bar is packed! Que Pasa has an incredible atmosphere with no trouble! DJ plays a wide selection of tunes! including classics and golden...

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Cheltenham Transportation

  • Stop at the Station

    Only being 20 minutes walk from the town centre or a 5 minute bus journey , Cheltenham Spa Railway Station is ideally located.It has two platforms, both of which can be accessed using ramps or stairs (good for those with luggage) with main line services running to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Plymouth. There is a ticket office and...

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  • Fly to or from Cheltenham

    Gloucestershire Airport (formerly known as Staverton Airport) is the only airport in Gloucestershire. It is approximetly 15 minutes drive from both Cheltenham and Gloucester and can also be accessed using the Stagecoach 94 bus service (note: the nearest bus stop is at the bottom of Bamfurlong Lane and the airport is then a mile walk from there).A...

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  • Cheltenham ~ excellent transport links!

    Surprisingly, though nearby Gloucester has the longest station platform in Britain, Cheltenham has the best train service! Its two modest platforms have direct links to London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol and Cardiff, amongst others. £45 (2007) will buy you a return ticket to London. There is a small cafe/shop at the station and also a larger...

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Cheltenham Shopping

  • More sweets than you can shake a stick...

    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...

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  • Eat food, Burn it off and Relax

    ***BEING UPDATED*** 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! An example of the prices to pay (24/6/09):Cineworld (before...

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  • More than Books

    WHSmith is a book and stationary store. The URL given is for the on-line store. 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...

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Cheltenham Local Customs

  • Children's Clothing

    When we visited Cheltenham from the states, the weather was very warm. Our children were wearing shorts and were quite happy. When we went to Bowood, there were children running around on the playground in their underwear which it seems is a very European thing to do. I don't have any pictures of this.

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  • Tpping....

    Back home in Canada we tend to tip for most things. However, it seems in the UK you don't tip at bars and clubs. A local at a pub proceeded to tell me how he could buy a beer with my 2 pound tip I left the waitress and that I appeared as snobbish leaving a tip. It was really retarded but I got the point. People here tend to not tip at all. So save...

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Cheltenham Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware Hungry Elephants!

    There is an old joke which goes:Q - How can you tell if an elephant has been in your fridge?A - Footprints in the butterBear this in mind when you walk up Cheltenham's main shopping drag. Along the wall of a side alley is a selection of mosaics telling the true story of local rampaging elephants!! In March 1934 Cheltenham was visited by Chapman's...

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  • English Weather.. beware

    England is world renowned for its... "unpredictable" weather, especially during the winter. There are some places where you can get away from the rain and wind in the town centre, however, like many other towns and cities the high street is open to the bad weather.I would reccomend that you take an umbrella with you at all times during the winter...

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  • fake burberry chav geeze mush

    be careful when accidentally opening eyes. avoid making eye contact when there are hidious amounts of what appears to be burberry. small minority of yobs who are living the negative stereotype-life, obnoxious, anti-social, loud, intimadating, hooligans.... get them everywhere really, avoid high street at kicking out time (2am) for less trouble

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Cheltenham Tourist Traps

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    by timlloydlangston Written Nov 10, 2003

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    I've recommended the Queens Hotel as a place to stay, but don't have a drink in the bar unless you have money to burn. Prices are more than double the local standard. For a gin and tonic and a pint of beer I was charged almost $12.

    Fun Alternatives: Simple - get a drink somewhere else

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Cheltenham Off The Beaten Path

  • World of Mechanical Music

    This fabulously interesting museum is about 35 minutes drive East of Cheltenham, just off the A40 road. Please read further details plus see more photos by looking at the Northleach page.

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  • Cotswold Farm Park

    The Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power is a perfect place to take visiting children. When my sister visited me in October 2001, I took her and the kids to the Cotswold Farm Park. We ate lunch first (having learned that hungry children are cranky children), and then went in. We rode the tractor hay ride, the kids drove toy tractors, and we walked...

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  • Photo Mania! Come here for some fabulous...

    Many people tend to come to Cheltenham and Gloucestershire because of its scenery. Although, Cheltenham has some lovely sights within the town centre there are some fabulous photography opportunities if you drive out of town. The Leckhampton and Cleeve Hills offer splendid views over Cheltenham and there are some small woods nearby.Some of the best...

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Cheltenham Sports & Outdoors

  • Cheltenham Sanford Lido!!!!

    Swimming. You can go to the Sanford Lido very early in the morning and it closes quite late. Events are held quite often and the Lido is very big. It has a small pool for children and two small play areas as well as a small cafe for spending money on ice creams! What do youneed to bring? well a swimming costume might help.. goggles if you need...

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  • Football (Soccer)

    The school children particpated in sports in more or less the same way they do in the US. They play soccer (which the English and most of Europe call football), and tennis and golf. But my son learned to play cricket rather than baseball, and also rugby.

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  • Cheltenham Town FC

    Name Cheltenham Town Nickname The Robins Stadium Whaddon Road League Play In Honours Home Kit Red and white striped shirts with red shorts and blue socks Away Kit To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch...

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Cheltenham Favorites

  • School Days

    Our favorite thing was, of course, that our daughter's family was living there, and we had not seen them for two years.Because our daughter had intended to have her son enter first grade at age 7 and have a second year of kindergarten at age 6, they had a slight problem when they moved to England. English law requires that the children enter 2nd...

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  • Center for Touring

    Cheltenham is convenient as a center for touring especially if you have a family place to stay. My daughter, SIL and grandson had previously made trips to Gloucester to the canal museum, to Stonehenge and Avebury and to Bourton on the Water and other places in the Cotswalds and Lake District. They had also taken visiting family to Warwick Castle.I...

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  • A Little Funny Ha!Ha!

    A group of primary school infants, accompanied by two female teachers, went on a field trip to Cheltenham races to see and learn about thoroughbred horses. When it was time to take the children to the toilet, it was decided that the girls would go with one teacher and the boys would go with the other. The teacher assigned to the boys was waiting...

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