A Day Out In Cheltenham: Visiting The Cotswolds
The spa town of Cheltenham is renowned as the home of Jump racing at Cheltenham Racecourse, the host of a range of festivals throughout the year, and is a popular shopping destination.
If you’re looking for an electrifying night out after exploring the Cotswolds countryside, or you want to take in a show at one of the spectacular theatres, you’re bound to find something you love in Cheltenham.
A Beautiful Cotswold City Just 10 Minutes (2 Miles) From The Royal Oak
Either before or after your day out in Cheltenham, pay a visit to The Royal Oak and see what delicious seasonal menus we have available. Behind the bar, there is bound to be plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer, alongside our extensive range of cocktails and wines.
The History Of Cheltenham
Cheltenham is a spa town which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds.
It began life as an Anglo-Saxon village more than 1,000 years ago, expanding into a market town in 1226. In the early-18th century, its mineral springs were discovered and by the end of the century, it was one of the leading spas in the United Kingdom.
Cheltenham is easily accessible by road and train, and also has excellent airport links. As a result, the population has increased greatly in the last 100 years.
It is twinned with 5 cities around the world, most notably one in Pennsylvania, United States, bearing the same name.
Festivals In Cheltenham
Cheltenham is proud to play host to a huge range of festivals year-round.
Cheltenham Music Festival usually lasts a week in July, with musicians performing jazz, classical, pop, and alternative music at various venues.
If you’re feeling peckish, Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival in June is the perfect remedy. Sample the delights of over 100 food and drink stalls.
For a family visit to Cheltenham, aim to visit during Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta – typically over a few days in July – with fireworks, funfair rides, live entertainment, local food and drink and, of course, hot air balloons.
Racing has been an integral part of Cheltenham culture since the early 1800s, with racing taking place at Prestbury Park since 1831.
The Cheltenham Festival takes place in March each year and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors over the four days. As one of the most attended horse racing festivals in the UK, it generates an estimated £100m for the local economy.
Standing at 330m (1,080ft), Cleeve Hill is the highest point of both the Cotswold hills and the county of Gloucestershire.
To the west, there are clear views over Cheltenham and its racecourse, as well the River Severn and Wales. On a really clear day it is possible to view Winsford Hill on Exmoor, positioned 90 miles away.
When walking the Cotswold Way footpath, you will cross Cleeve Hill.
Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, has been based in Cheltenham since 1919.
Located in the suburbs of Cheltenham in a building called “The Doughnut”, GCHQ is responsible for providing security intelligence to the government and armed forces of the United Kingdom.
With more than 5,000 employees, GCHQ is the largest employer in Cheltenham and the largest single employer in the whole of Gloucestershire.
Cotswold Hidden Village Tour
The Hidden Village Tour is one of those not-to-be-missed experiences when visiting the Cotswolds.
The tour will take you to some of the least-known villages in the area, taking in the sights of quaint cottages, Cotswold stone monuments and breathtaking views of the countryside.
Lasting six hours, the tour culminates with a traditional cream tea at the private home of the tour guide, Becky. Known as “Secret Cottage”, the property is a delightful thatched dwelling that gives a real insight into how Cotswold life was in the 16th century.
Designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1891, the Everyman Theatre has entertained the people of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and beyond for generations.
A vast array of productions are held here; ballet, opera, comedy and pantomime to name a few. The on-site cafe, bar and restaurant ensure that visitors are neither hungry or thirsty ahead of the upcoming shows.
With Cheltenham Spa railway station less than 1 mile away and the Regent Street car park offering direct access to the theatre, there is no reason to not visit this local treasure.
Directions To The Royal Oak From Cheltenham
Located just outside Cheltenham in the village of Prestbury, The Royal Oak is a historic 16th-century pub, full of traditional Cotswold charm and original features, and the closest pub to Cheltenham Racecourse.
To reach The Royal Oak from Regent Arcade Car Park, you must head south-east on Regent Street and then turn right onto Rodney Road. From there, you must turn right onto Imperial Square (A46) and then use the right lane to turn right onto St George’s Road.
Turn right onto Royal Well Road (A46) and then right onto Albion Street. After 50 metres, turn left onto Portland Street and then use the right lane to turn right onto Clarence Road (A46).
Clarence Road bears left and merges into Prestbury Road. As you reach the first roundabout, continue straight and remain on Prestbury Road and then, at the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Tatchley Lane. After 150 metres, turn right onto The Burgage and The Royal Oak will be on your left.