Nestled in the heart of Gloucestershire, the town of Cheltenham is a great place to visit. Most famous for the Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest events on the horse racing and indeed sporting calendar, visitors will also be able to see what else makes it such a great place to spend time in.
Cheltenham is a stone’s throw from the Cotswolds, so if you fancy taking a quick trip to the countryside, you won’t be disappointed by the scenery and fantastic walking routes. However, the town itself has plenty to offer for tourists, not least the array of fine restaurants including Le Champignon Sauvage, which has been a fixture of the town centre for more than 25 years.
Staying in the centre, The Promenade is host to shops, restaurants, hotels and local landmarks including the Municipal Offices, the town’s most striking building. Built in 1825, it’s the best example of period architecture in Cheltenham and is complemented beautifully by the tree-lined street.
The Museum and Art Gallery is worth a look too, especially if you fancy learning about local history and want to see exhibitions by artists from the area. Meanwhile, being a spa town, there’s no shortage of places where you can receive luxurious and relaxing treatments.
Hundreds of thousands of horse racing fans converge on Cheltenham every year for its eponymous Festival and have done for well over a century, and you might want to as well. Although the Festival originated in 1860, it wasn’t hosted at Cheltenham Racecourse regularly until 1911.
One of the biggest attractions about the event is that, over the four days, there are so many races held where people can place bets on some of the most talented racehorses in the world and take advantage of special offers.
Bookmakers like Ladbrokes have already got some great promotions if you fancy a flutter on the Gold Cup or any other meeting. Long Run, the current favourite to win the Gold Cup is available for odds of just 7/1 at the moment.
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