Things to do
WITH SO MUCH TO EXPLORE IN CHELTENHAM, HERE ARE OUR SUGGESTIONS OF THINGS TO DO
Strozzi Palace Suites by Mansley Serviced Apartments are in a central location with under a minutes’ walk from Cheltenham Promenade’s legendary shops, boutiques and restaurants. Cheltenham’s Art Gallery and Library are metres away and Cheltenham’s famous Racecourse is nearby.
Lazing and relaxing in Cheltenham’s beautiful parks and gardens is a joyous experience to savour. Tree-lined avenues and floral displays on the High Street and Promenade provide an unrivalled shopping atmosphere. During summer, displays of hanging baskets link the town centre to provide a floral walk. Below are our recommendations for the best parks, gardens, shops and attractions to visit:
1. The Promenade
The tree-lined Promenade is one of the finest boulevards in the country, dating back to 1818 when an avenue of elms and horse-chestnut trees was planted. The Long Gardens are laid out with a most delightful display of ornamental bedding plants. Neptune’s Fountain, modelled on the Trevi Fountain in Rome, was added in 1893.
Wandering along the wide leafy Promenade you can also enjoy a relaxed shopping experience. Here you will find Cavendish House, the local department store and other fashion shops situated beside delicious eateries, Cafe Rouge and Huffkins.
2. The Imperial Gardens
The Imperial Gardens were originally planted out for the exclusive use of subscribers to the Sherborne Spa, which was constructed in 1818 on the site where the Queen’s Hotel now stands. Approximately 25,000 bedding plants are used to produce the magnificent floral displays enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.
Just at the end of the Promenade and after Imperial Gardens you will find Montpellier Walk, with shops and restaurants offering alfresco dining.
3. Sandford Park
The tiny River Chelt, which takes its name from the town, flows through Sandford Park. The park is characterised by ornamental water features and fountains. Annual bedding displays are set around the Unwins Fountain, with clipped topiary features guarding each entrance. Sandford Parks Lido is open throughout the summer.
4. Pittville Park
Opened in 1825, Pittville Park is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and features the magnificent Pump Room and lakes. The park is characterised by specimen trees and shrubbery set around to form a lake with walkways and bridges.
5. Montpellier Gardens
Dating from 1809, and the development of Montpellier Spa, the Montpellier Gardens are framed by majestic lime trees, and feature a tree-lined broad walk. A carpet bed provides annual displays of low-growing foliage plants.
6. Cheltenham Racecourse
The famous Cheltenham Racecourse located at Prestbury Park, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, plays host to some of the best horse-racing in the world. Events include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle.
You can even catch a hot air balloon ride from Cheltenham Racecourse too!