An intrinsic part of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham has long drawn those in search of somewhere that blends stunning countryside with the vibrancy of town life. Designed to capitalise on the area's many spas, Cheltenham quickly grew in the 19th century to become what is now one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in the country. With its many parks, gardens and spacious tree-lined avenues, Cheltenham provides the perfect setting for the superb cafés, restaurants and shops contained within it.
Over the years Cheltenham has also built a fantastic reputation for its annual festivals. Whether it be the Jazz festival, which presents an array of up-and-coming artists playing at a mixture of theatres, restaurants and bars across the town, or for the critically acclaimed Literature festival that boasts some of the most entertaining and controversial authors and poets. Indeed, Cheltenham's equally brilliant Science and Music festivals, have earned it its place on the UK's cultural map. This is all in addition to The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, which kicks the season off, whereupon hundreds of thousands flock to the town for one of the most prestigious dates in the racing calendar, including the world-renowned Cheltenham Festival and the Gold Cup.
And this is all in addition to what lies on Cheltenham's doorstep. The Cotswolds, home to rolling hills, picturesque villages and abundant wildlife, not to mention a plethora of inviting pubs, are certainly not to be missed. Whether it be on foot, horseback or even by hot air balloon, the splendour of the Cotswolds is clear to see and it is no wonder that it has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.