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Cheltenham was originally founded as a holiday destination for rich 18th century folk to escape the City and go to the country to take fresh air walks and to drink the mineral water Cheltenham was famous for.

Whilst the water has gone (it is nasty) Cheltenham is now a well known and loved destination for culture and arts festivals.   It has a excellent range of restaurants and bars catering to any taste and price range. 

Do take a walk around and view its many parks and historic buildings.   More tips below

Local Attractions


Gloucester Cathedral - formally the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, stands in the north of the city near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by King Henry VIII).  Filming of Harry Potter took place here.


Gloucester Docks & Sharpness Canal - The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal was once the broadest and deepest in the world. Even today, it stands out from other navigation because of its sheer scale and impressive engineering.  Recently restored to it former glory and upgrade to include a gym, bars, restaurant, cinema and retail outlet centre. There is also The British Waterways Museum and Soldiers of Gloucester Museum.  Behind the docks across the river is Alney Island Nature Reserve a great place to take a walk or run.  


Gloucester Rugby - The Cherry and Whites as they are locally know is one of the oldest rugby union clubs in the world and is supported very widely in the city.  If you get a chance to go to a game you won’t be disappointed. The stadium is within walking distance. Great Atmosphere.


Cotswold Hills - Visit the many pretty villages and taking in the rolling hills.  Always gorgeous. The biggest town is Cirencester which has a Roman Museum.  If you want Water sports check out The Cotswold Water Park for sailing etc and their is an outdoor beach area open in the summer.


Tewkesbury - The Abbey is impressive as are many of the Tudor buildings and there are nice walks along the river..


Forest of Dean - If you love your trees a short drive away is one of the country's National Forests.  You can hire cycles, walk trails and ride on a steam train.


Local Leisure Activities 


Birds - Slimbridge - Newgrounds Ln, Slimbridge, Gloucester GL2 7BT 01453 891900

Birds - Barn Owl Centre, Netheridge Farm, Netheridge Cl, Gloucester GL2 5LE  01452 383999

Castle - Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5JD.  01242 602 308

Canal Boat Day Hire -

Canal Boat Trips -  Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester GL1 2EH

Cheltenham Racecourse - Cheltenham, GL50 4SH. 01242 51301

Climbing Indoor Centre Gloucester - Impressive and lots of walls to climb.  01452 302 351

Cotswold Farm Park - Bemborough Farm  Kineton, GL54 5UG. 01451 850 307

Cotswold Wildlife Park - Bradwell Grove, Burford, 01993 823 006

Country Park & Beach - Lake 32, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, GL7 6DF. 01285 868 096

Diving - National Diving Centre (also has a massive Zip wire)

Fishing - Bibury Trout Farm - Arlington, Bibury, Cirencester GL7 5NL. 01285 740 215 

Golf - South Cerney Golf Course, Northmoor Ln  Cirencester, GL7 5QD. 01285 861 001

Gym - The Gym, 111 Llanthony Road, Gloucester GL1 5SH

Health Spa - Four Pillars Hotel opposite Isis Lake with Kids swimming. 01285 864 000

Horse Riding - South Cerney Horse Riding - Cerney Wick, GL7 5QH. 01793 750 151

Paddle Boarding - SUP Gloucester Docks 07508 705 359

Polo Club Cirencester - The Bothy  Cirencester Park, Cirencester GL7 1UR. 01285 653 225

Rugby - Gloucester Club, Kingsholm, Kingsholm Rd, Gloucester GL1 3AX. 0871 871 8781

Sailing - Next Lake to the right of Isis is the Outdoor Education Centre. 01285 860 388

Soft play - Go Play - Eastgate Street, Gloucester (Inc pottery painting)

Spa Treatments - ZenZero @ Gloucester Docks - 01452 527002

Strawberry Fruit Picking - Over Farm Market Highnam, Gloucester GL2 8DB  01452 341510

Swimming Outdoor - Lido, Keynsham Rd, Cheltenham. GL53 7PU. 01242 524 430

Swimming - GL1 Leisure Centre, Eastgate street, Gloucester (also has a Spa)

Trampoline Park - 2, Metz Way, Gloucester GL4 3DB - 01452 221800

Water Skiing - WM Cable Tow opposite Isis Lake to the Right. Lake 11. 0845 895 9000

Water Skiing Boat Tow - Spring lake. 01285 862 894 / 01285 860 606

Museums & Historical


Chedworth Roman Villa - A partially restored villa with original Roman Baths. 01242 890 256

Cheltenham Museum/Art Gallery - 01242 23 7431

Corinium Museum - Cirencester Roman history. 01285 655 611

Gloucester Civic Trust - Guided Walks around the town daily 

Gloucester Docks - Historic port 

Gloucester Prison - Take a look around the old prison, tours run daily - 01743 343100

Gloucester Tourist Information -  01452 396572

Gloucester Cathedral - In the City Centre. Where Harry Potter was filmed. 01452 528 095

Oxford - Just too many to mention!

Soldiers of Glos - 31 Commercial Rd  Town Centre, Gloucester GL1 2HE. 01452 522682

Waterways Museum - Docks, Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester GL1 2EH. 01452 318200

Places to eat/drink


There are lots of places to drink and eat in the area, some /walking distance ones below:


Our Fav is: Liquor & Chow/No. 56 - 56 Westgate St, Gloucester nr The Cathedral - Funky bar, wine, cocktails and great Pizza

Portivo Lounge - Great informal space and food at Gloucester Docks. 

Brew House - They Brew their own beer on site at The Brewery Quarter .  

Greek on the Docks - Gloucester. Watch the boats and feel like you are in Greece, well sort of.

Petit Blanc - Promenade Cheltenham

The Ivy - Montpellier Cheltenham

The Strand - London Road

131 - The Promenade Cheltenham

Cosy Club - Brewery Quarter

The Botanist - Brewery Quarter

Clarence Social - Clarence Street

The Tavern - Royal Well Place

The Langton - London Road (by car / taxi)


Something Special By Car?


Barnsley House - Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EE  Cirencester, GL7 5EE

01285 740 000 - One of our favourites for upmarket dining with a Spa as well as its own Pink cinema


Calcot Manor - Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8YJ. 01666 890 391 - More luxury dining and another lovely Spa experience


Cowley Manor - Cowley, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 9NL. 01242 870 900 - Featuring Spa with indoor and outdoor pools and set in lovely grounds this has a great restaurant


131 Bar and Restaurant - Promenade, Cheltenham - Trendy with good food and a lively bar


Wild Duck - Ewan, GL7 6BY - 01285 770 310 - The Wild Duck is a mellow Cotswold stone inn dating back to 1568 steeped in history with oak beams, ancestral portraits and open log fires. An extensive wine list and real ales compliment the fresh local produce used in the innovative menu.


Places of interest in the Cotswolds


The Cotswolds is famous the world over for it beauty and its villages are famous tourist attractions.  Here are some of our favourites within a short drive away

Bourton on the Water



Chipping Norton


Lower Slaughter



Stow on the Wold

Need City life and fun?  Plus seasonal

Try nearby University City Oxford for lots of history and museums or go to Bristol for gigs and concerts.  

Cheltenham is great for elegant shopping and dining.  Cheltenham has a number of big festivals throughout the year including The National Hunt, Literature, Jazz, Classical so checkout these if they correspond to your stay. Don’t forget the lovely Cheltenham Cricket Festival either in July time.


The International Air Tattoo is held in Fairford each July and has spectacular air displays.

Gloucestershire has various pop style festivals throughout the summer months as well but due to their constant changing nature I won’t detail them here.


In early season you can often find small point to point horse racing meets in the area.



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