Cheltenham has been a popular destination since its natural spring was discovered in the 18th century. Royalty and members of the aristocracy came to 'take the waters' to cure their various ailments and made the most of the lively social scene while they were here. Three hundred years on, the wide boulevards, Regency architecture and spacious parks are still drawing people to this elegant and vibrant spa town.
Described as England's most complete Regency town, Cheltenham's streets, terraces and squares are bursting with beautiful period properties, adorned with intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades. Choose from Regency apartment conversions or sympathetic modern purpose-built townhouses and apartments, or grand Edwardian semi-detached houses along tree-lined roads. There is something for most budgets in Cheltenham, with an abundance of one-bed apartments in town, Victorian houses in chic Leckhampton, attractive modern developments offering a range of properties close to extensive amenities and several large family houses in top locations worth well over 1 million.
A thriving shopping destination, Cheltenham's Montpellier and The Promenade offer exclusive boutiques and antique shops, while the High Street houses all the expected major retail stores, as well as a delectable range of bistros, restaurants, cafes and bars.
As well as numerous indoor swimming facilities, Cheltenham has its own lido at Sandford Park, which is packed with happy families during the heat of summer. Health and leisure centres plus tennis, squash, hockey and croquet clubs, are all in abundance in this town whose roots are based in health and well-being.
Education and Health
Families moving to Cheltenham will be spoilt for choice when making the all-important decision about schools. The Cheltenham Ladies' College is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18; Cheltenham College and Dean Close School are co-educational day and boarding schools for children aged 3 to 18; Pate's Grammar School is open to both boys and girls with competitive admission via entrance examination; and Balcarras School is for children aged 11 to 18 and has expanded its curriculum and resources to become a leading school in the area.
Cheltenham General is an excellent hospital, located within easy reach of the town centre and there are numerous good surgeries across the town.
Cheltenham is an ideal base for commuters as direct trains run to London from Cheltenham Spa railway station, taking around two hours. The M5 motorway is right on the doorstep, giving easy access to the rest of the country. A reliable and regular bus service runs throughout the area and there is a 'park and ride' system in operation.
Points of Interest
Every year for one week in March, it seems as if half the country's population descends on the town for Cheltenham Festival and its famous Gold Cup. For racing fans or for people who just enjoy the buzz and excitement surrounding the event, attendance is a must.
Cheltenham is brimming over with other festivals, bringing extra business and visitors in to the region and offering residents a refreshing dose of culture. The Music Festival in July, the Jazz Festival in April, the Literature Festival in October and the Science Festival in June continue to draw big names and memorable performances.