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79 Promenade
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 1PJ

Why move to Cheltenham

Situated in the heart of Gloucestershire, the elegant Regency town of Cheltenham is known as the cultural centre of the Cotswolds. As well as being steeped in history and distinctive architecture, the town has a thriving arts scene. Every year the town plays host to an array of festivals to suit every taste, including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival. The town is equally famous for the well renowned Cheltenham Racecourse, where you can have a flutter at British Steeplechasing’s most prestigious event - the Gold Cup.

Some things to love about living in Cheltenham

Climb Cleeve Hill for views over 1000 acres of Cleeve Common, the Malvern Hills, and, on a clear day, the Black Mountains of Wales.

Head to the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum to explore the beautiful permanent Arts and Crafts Collection, fascinating historical archives and regular exhibitions.

Take the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway from Cheltenham Racecourse to Tewkesbury for stunning scenery of the Cotswolds and a fun filled day out - it’s not just for railway enthusiasts.

Explore 15th Century Sudeley Castle - it’s one of the few castles in the county that remains a private residence whilst being open to the public and has exquisite gardens.

Discover the village of Prestbury, on the outskirts of Cheltenham. It’s one of the most haunted villages in England, populated by The Charging Horseman and The Headless Horseman. Take the ghost tour if you dare!

A little bit of history

Cheltenham started life as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, growing into a modest market town until the 18th Century. Mineral springs were discovered in 1716 attracting aristocracy of the time, including King George III in 1788 and securing its status as a fashionable destination. With popularity came extensive building, including fine terraces and crescents that remain today. In the 19th Century the popularity of spa towns faded, but Cheltenham remained popular due to the wealth and gentry that boosted Cheltenham’s economy over time.

Need to know

Cheltenham was one of the first towns in England with electricity. The original electrical substation is now home to the Strozzi Palace boutique hotel.

Shopping

Cheltenham has a wealth of shopping options. Take a stroll along the tree-lined Promenade to browse in Martin & Co. jewellers and Promenade Antiques, as well as high street favourites such as Cath Kidston and Jigsaw, and a monthly farmers’ market. If you fancy something out of the ordinary, the Montpellier Quarter is home to independent retailers and boutiques, from men’s clothing at Union Project to high end fashion at Boutique 3. Meanwhile in The Suffolks you’ll find an abundance of homeware shops such as Skandic Hus, and The High Street offers all the usual essentials, and main high street brands.

THE CHELTENHAM EXPERIENCE WOULDN’T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT A DAY OUT AT THE RACECOURSE. THERE ARE LOTS TO CHOOSE FROM, INCLUDING THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR’S DAY MEETING AND THE LIVELY FESTIVAL MEETING IN MARCH.

Transport

By Road:

Cheltenham is extremely accessible by car, lying to the east of the M5, the north of the M4 and to the west of the A40 which leads to M40.

By Train:

The grand Cheltenham Spa railway station is on the Birmingham-Bristol line, making it possible to get to London Paddington in just over two hours.

By Bus:

The National Express also runs services to Cheltenham that operate throughout the UK. Within the town, a Park and Ride service means that you can visit the centre, whilst avoiding the queues on busy weekends.

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