Known as the ‘Western Gateway’ to England’s stunning Cotswolds, Cheltenham is one of Britain’s most handsome Regency spa towns. Complete with historic buildings, fine parks, shops and open spaces that host beautiful walks along the Cotswold Way, visitors gather from all around the world to visit one of England’s most elegant destinations.
Just a short walk from Dean Close School lies the heart of Cheltenham town – Montpellier Gardens, blooming with flowers and fountains including a statue of the famous English composer, Gustav Holst. The picturesque gardens are home to the Cotswolds’ most talked about festivals including jazz, literature, food/drink, design, science, music and performing arts. The Cheltenham Festival also stands as the pinnacle of Horse Racing, the main hurdle’s event being the Festival Gold Cup which takes place in March of each year. Many restaurants, cafes, galleries, high street shops as well as local boutique brands line the streets of Cheltenham town centre, most of which neighbour one of the most popular venues in Cheltenham, the Everyman Theatre. The Victorian building, with its innately ornate auditorium, hosts musical events and productions from all around the world, including spectacular touring productions from London’s West end.
Surrounded by gloriously green countryside, Cheltenham lies at the foot of the highest point in the Cotswolds, Cleeve Hill. There, lies a spectacular viewing point over Gloucestershire where you can see notable landmarks such as the Malvern Hills, historic churches, Cheltenham Racecourse and the home of the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), making it the perfect picnic spot or stop off point. These pathways also meander into nearby Cotswold towns and villages including Winchcombe, home to the great 15th century Sudeley Castle and Gardens.
Cheltenham was selected by The Sunday Times newspaper (March 2014) as one of the best places to live in Britain.