Things to do in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds

Cheltenham is surrounded in all directions by countryside that can only be described as quintessentially English: the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the south and east, and to the west the ancient Forest of Dean and the Malvern Hills marking the changing landscapes of the Welsh borderlands. Essential places to visit are the picturesque Cotswold villages of Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury, Broadway and Painswick, and the ancient wool towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Winchcombe and Cirencester. Gloucester and Tewkesbury with their famous Cathedral and Abbey are nearby and a little further afield but still within easy reach are Bath, Worcester and Oxford.

Arts & Culture

  • The Playhouse Theatre (Cheltenham) - 3.8 Miles

    A swimming pool turned theatre, run by dedicated volunteers for over 50 years. The auditorium was completely refurbished in 2008 and seats 184 patrons. The Playhouse stages a variety of different shows and entertainment.

  • Everyman Theatre - 3.9 Miles

    The Everyman, in the town centre, stages ballet, opera, drama, dance, musicals, comedy, music events and traditional family pantomime. The main auditorium is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham that has inspired generations of performers.

  • Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum - 12.2 Miles

    This unique family museum has two themes. The folk collection shows the history and heritages of the ancient town of Winchcombe and its people. The police collection shows British and International uniforms, truncheons and other equipment.

  • Cheltenham Art Gallery - 3.7 Miles

    An outstanding museum and art gallery with a programme of exciting temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries encompassing the social history of Cheltenham, Britain's most complete Regency town and archaeological treasures of the Cotswolds.

  • Gloucester Waterways Museum - 8.7 Miles

    Take a 'Journey Through Britain' in this award-winning museum, which tells the 200-year story of inland waterways. With two quaysides to investigate, a new cafe, specialist book/gift shop and boat trips, the museum is an excellent day out.

  • Gloucester Cathedral - 8.4 Miles

    Founded 1300 years ago, the architectural development of this magnificent building through the ages is a wonder to behold. Kings are buried here, daily worship is practised here and some scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot here.

Local Attractions

  • Eastnor Castle - 20.2 Miles

    Eastnor Castle is built to look like a medieval fortress. It houses early Italian art, medieval armour, 17th century Venetian furniture, Flemish tapestries and paintings by Van Dyck. For younger families there are also The Knight's Maze, an adventure playground and assault course.

  • Sudeley Castle - 12.6 Miles

    Last home and burial place of Katherine Parr, with royal connections spanning the centuries. The Castle is surrounded by award-winning gardens that blend seamlessly together. Attractions include seasonal exhibitions, pheasantry and wildfowl area.

  • Snowshill Manor - 20.1 Miles

    A Cotswold manor house containing Charles Paget Wade's extraordinary collection of craftsmanship and design, including musical instruments, clocks, toys, bicycles, weavers' and spinners' tools and Japanese armour.

  • Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railways - 15.3 Miles

    The GWR is an all-volunteer steam and diesel heritage railway in the Cotswolds. Since 1981, the volunteers have restored over 10 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock.

Outside of the city

  • Birdland Park and Gardens - 26.0 Miles

    In a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, Birdland is home to over 500 birds with species such as penguins, flamingos, storks, cranes, cassowary and waterfowl. Take time to relax and learn in this tranquil environment as you watch the activities of the birds on and around the River Windrush.

  • Slimbridge Wetlands Centre - 21.7 Miles

    With an astounding array of wildlife from water voles to waders, hares to dragonflies, Slimbridge is home to the world's largest collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos. This internationally renowned reserve also features otters and beavers in Back from The Brink.

  • Cotswold Farm Park - 19.0 Miles

    Home to Britain's most comprehensive collection of rare breeds of British farm animals. There are lots of activities for the youngsters; rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle, lambs and calves to bottle feed, tractor and trailer rides and great children's play areas both indoors and out.

Parks

  • Commons and Canals - 15.2 Miles

    This 5 mile walk is extremely popular and is very easy to follow. It follows the National Trail for nearly all of its length. From sheltered beech woodlands and over rich open grassland, it guides you around remnants of an industrial past that shaped the landscape today.

  • Broadway and The Tower - 22.9 Miles

    This 4 mile walk leads you through the picturesque Cotswold high street of Broadway, along historic tracks and up to the intriguing Broadway Tower with its spectacular views across the Severn Vale into Wales.

Restaurant

  • Le Champignon Sauvage - 3.5 Miles

    With a list of awards including-two Michelin stars - Le Champignon Sauvage is a true thoroughbred among restaurants. Run by David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen, its cutting-edge French-inspired cuisine is a winner with critics and customers alike.

  • Lumiere - 3.7 Miles

    Recently named Cotswold Life Restaurant of the Year, Lumiere offers contemporary British cooking at its very best in a fantastic location just off the famous Promenade. Chef Jon Howe has trained under top names including Heston Blumenthal and John Campbell.

Shopping

  • The Promenade - 3.8 Miles

    Simply one of the finest shopping thoroughfares in the country. It includes such emporiums of style as Jaegar, Karen Millen, Hobbs, Jigsaw, Russell & Bromley, Fat Face, Gap and many more top fashion names. It’s also a mecca for sought-after makeup brand.

Sports

  • Cheltenham Race Course - 4.7 Miles

    The magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse, known across the world as the home of National Hunt racing. It hosts 16 horse racing fixtures of superb quality each year, including National Hunt Festival held in March and the Paddy Power November meeting. The place to enjoy the sport of kings.

  • Cheltenham Lido - 4.4 Miles

    Built in 1935, the lido retains all its original features, such as the Cascade Fountain and slides. Open every day from May to October it has a magnificent 50m heated outdoor pool, children's pool with a slide, playground and poolside cafe - all set in picturesque Sandford Park.

Tourist Spot

  • Berkeley Castle - 26.7 Miles

    Berkeley Castle is an outstanding example of Mediaeval domestic architecture. Visitors can tour the castle and take in the impressive Gardens or visit the butterfly house.

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