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Cheltenham Attractions

Cheltenham Spa England's most complete Regency town is conveniently less than a hundred miles from London and an ideal base for touring into the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon and Bath. Regency town houses, characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. With its award-winning gardens, impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and its festivals of horse racing, music and literature.

 
Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is a racecourse for horse racing events, located near the English town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (in the suburban village of Prestbury). Cheltenham is called the "home of National Hunt racing", largely because it hosts the prestigious four-day Cheltenham Festival, held in March of each year and featuring the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The racecourse has a scenic location, situated in a natural amphitheatre just below the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills, at Cleeve Hill, with a maximum capacity of 67,500 spectators. The racecourse also has its own railway station, which is the southern terminus of the preserved Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The main racecourse has two separate courses alongside each other, the Old Course and the New Course. The New Course has a tricky downhill fence and a longer run-in for steeplechases than the Old Course. Hurdle races over two miles on the New Course also have a slight peculiarity in that most of the hurdles are jumped early on in the race with only two hurdles being jumped in the last seven furlongs. There is also a cross-country course which is laid out inside the main racecourse and is used for cross-country steeplechases. The racecourse is the home of The Centaur, one of the largest auditoria in the South West of England. This complex is intended for multiple uses, being able to seat over 2,000 people for conferences and around 4,000 standing for concerts. The racecourse is the venue for the annual Greenbelt festival.

Hotels near Cheltenham Racecourse
Ravenhurst Bed and Breakfast from £187.50
Parkview Guest House from £25.00
No38 The Park from £120.00
Clarence Court Hotel4 starfrom £55.00
Grosvenor House Apartments - Cheltenham4 starfrom £149.00
 
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

The GWR is an all-volunteer steam and diesel heritage railway in the English Cotswolds. Since 1981, the volunteers have restored over 10 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock. In addition to a scheduled service, the GWR hosts a number of galas and enthusiasts' events throughout the year, including our popular Santa Specials. Visit the GWR at Toddington, Winchcombe, or Cheltenham Race Course stations.

Hotels near Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
The Lion Inn4 starfrom £130.00
White Hart Inn Restaurant and Accommodation3 starfrom £55.00
The White Hart Inn3 starfrom £79.00
Dumbleton Hall Hotel3 starfrom £67.00
Buckland Manor4 starfrom £195.00
 
Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle is the family home of the Dent-Brocklehursts and Lord & Lady Ashcombe. They are dedicated to Sudeley's continued restoration and regeneration of the gardens, with particular emphasis on conservation and sustainability. As custodianship of the castle passes to a new generation, Sudeley looks forward as it enters a new and exciting period of its history. The family are proud to offer a Connoisseur Tour of their private apartments, please see The Castle page for further details. A little history... ariel viewSet against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswold Hills, Sudeley Castle is steeped in history. With royal connections spanning a thousand years, it has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England's past. The Castle was once home to Queen Katherine Parr, following her marriage to Sir Thomas Seymour, and Lady Jane Grey. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I all visited Sudeley. King Charles I stayed here and his nephew, Prince Rupert, established his headquarters at the Castle, during the Civil War. north towerFollowing its destruction by Cromwell's troops, Sudeley lay neglected and derelict for two hundred years. However, its romantic situation and ruins attracted many visitors, including King George III. In 1837, Sudeley was bought by John and William Dent, of the Worcestershire glove making company of that name. They began an ambitious restoration programme which was continued by their nephew John Coucher Dent, who inherited the Castle in 1855, and his wife Emma, who threw herself enthusiastically into Sudeley's restoration, at the same time forging strong links with the town of Winchcombe.

Hotels near Sudeley Castle
The White Hart Inn3 starfrom £79.00
White Hart Inn Restaurant and Accommodation3 starfrom £55.00
The Lion Inn4 starfrom £130.00
Cleeve Hill House5 starfrom £65.00
Malvern View4 starfrom £80.00
 

Other Attraction near Cheltenham

  • Hailes Abbey - Hailes Abbey is to be found nestling in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Built in the 13th century by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, Hailes became famous when presented with a phial that was said to contain the blood of Christ.
  • Prinknash Abbey Bird and Deer Park - On entering the Park over 50 peacocks and waterfowl welcome you as you walk towards the Love Bird Aviary and the Golden Wood full of golden Pheasants .
  • Cotswold Farm Park - The Cotswold Farm Park has over 50 breeding flocks and herds of our most fascinating British Breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, poultry and waterfowl.