Cheltenham, the proud Cultural Capital of the Cotswolds, is practically bursting with excellent eateries, stunning architecture and fascinating museums, and with plenty of beautiful hotels to accommodate visitors, it’s the ideal place for a UK break at any time of year.
Cheltenham is home to the outstanding Wilson Museum & Art Gallery. As well as lending its space to an ever-changing programme of temporary exhibitions, the Wilson boasts a plethora of permanent galleries including displays of:
• Arts and Crafts Movement collection inspired by William Morris
• The Story of Edward Wilson and his explorations with Scott of the Antarctic
• A collection of significant Dutch 17th and 19th-century paintings
• A collection of rare Oriental porcelain and English ceramics
• The social history of Cheltenham
The Wilson has four new floors following a recent six-million-pound rebuild, space which is used to house temporary exhibitions, international and national touring shows and family-friendly shows.
Home to many of Cheltenham’s historic buildings, the district of Montpellier is very much worth a visit. Discover the Rotunda, Montpellier Wine Bar’s famous curved façade and the stone Caryatids, before heading to the courtyard, home to several independent boutiques, bars and cafés.
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Montpellier is known for its offering of independent fashion, antiques and jewellers. After a few hours of milling around, make your way into one of the fine restaurants in the area and enjoy a delicious bite.
If the weather is treating you well, visit Montpellier Gardens and enjoy the peaceful lawns or the tennis courts, children’s play area and skate park. There’s something for everyone in Montpellier, so make sure you swing by on your weekend break in Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Racecourse is affectionately known as the home of Jump Racing, with the Jump Season Calendar running from October to May each year. The racecourse lends its space to musical performers, exhibitions and festivals throughout the year for events which intermingle with race days.
If you’re planning a visit to the area, enhance your experience and attend an event at Cheltenham Racecourse. You can find out what’s on here.
Where to stay in Cheltenham
For a truly memorable stay in Cheltenham, book a room at the Queens Hotel MGallery by Sofitel. The architecture and décor of the hotel, which is a Grade II listed site, encapsulates the elegance and grandeur of the historic area.
Opulently furnished guestrooms and unparalleled views of the Imperial Square Gardens and the Town Hall add to the hotel’s excellence, while its town centre location allows guests to explore the area easily. If you’re visiting Cheltenham, enhance your experience through your accommodation – the Queens Hotel MGallery by Sofitel is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Cheltenham.