Take in the beauty of The Cotswolds and drive The Romantic Road
Featured in The Telegraph as one of the Great British Drives, The Romantic Road takes you on a drive through quitessentially English countryside.
Our two specially researched car routes weave their way through the most beautiful parts of this 'area of outstanding natural beauty'. They will guide you through wide upland landscapes and hidden honey-coloured stone hamlets, revealing the fascinating contrasts of peaceful, timeless villages and bustling market towns, complete with ancient manor houses, churches and traditional pubs.
In an area rich in history and natural beauty like the Cotswolds, it is sometimes difficult for visitors, even those who have been before, to find the most scenic country roads and the most picturesque villages.
Our two Romantic Road journeys: A Road for Today and A Road for Tomorrow, are each designed to be completed in a single day, at a leisurely pace, allowing time to enjoy the towns, villages and scenery en-route. They will introduce you to some of the places which have proved so popular with generations of visitors to the Cotswolds and also to some of our less well-known favourites. For visitors with time, why not visit attractions along the way. On the Romantic Road you will never be far from your starting and finishing point in Cheltenham.
For further information on the towns and villages of The Romantic Road, please telephone the Tourist Information Centre on 01242 237431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, where you will also be able to pick up a map. Alternatively, there is a map available here.
If you want to travel in style, why not look at the oprtion of hiring a classic car? A selection are available at Cotswolds Classic Car Hire.
Romantic Walks and Cycle Rides
At 330 metres above sea level, Cleeve Common is the highest point in the Cotswolds. Countless footpaths crisscross its 1000 acres and breathtaking views extend to the Malvern Hills and, on a clear day, to the Black Mountains of Wales. The Cotswold Way also passes this way.
Romantic Picnics in Pittville Park
Opened in 1825, Pittville Park is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and features the magnificent Pump Room and lakes. This park is given a grade 2 listing under the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens, with the Pump Room as a grade 1 historic building.
A leisurely stroll around The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum
The Wilson, Cheltenham’s award winning art gallery and museum, houses an internationally significant museum collection of exceptional quality and variety, including changing displays of a Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection, fine art collections, and The Paper Store, which houses fascinating archives relating to Antarctic explorer Edward A. Wilson, Cheltenham’s history and the Emery Walker Library.
The temporary gallery spaces offer an exciting programme of changing exhibitions . The varied programme is of the highest quality and is designed to offer something for everyone.
Places to Propose - Pittville Pump Room
The jewel of Cheltenham’s Regency architecture, the Pump Room is the grandest survival of the town’s many spa buildings. Overlooking the sweeping lawns and ornamental lakes of Pittville Park it is the perfect place for a special moment.
Weddings in Cheltenham - Cheltenham Town Hall & Pittville Pump Room
Breathtaking, unique and radiating regency refinement, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, offers a spectacular wedding and civil partnership venue, overlooking the sweeping lawns and lakes of Pittville Park.
Located approximately 2 miles from Cheltenham town centre, Pittville Pump Room offers magnificent Grade I listed elegance and is the perfect venue for a wedding, set in charming public parkland, with enchanting photo opportunities.
Cheltenham Town Hall is rich in heritage and opulence, this Grade II listed jewel in the heart of cosmopolitan Cheltenham sets a dramatic background for your special day.
Make your way through its impressive entrance, past the ornate octagonal spa where Spa Waters were once dispensed. Entering the grand Main Hall, take in its marbled Corinthian style columns, intricately decorated coved ceiling, dance-friendly floor, beautiful balconies ideal for photographs and delightful array of light and open spaces.
If you are looking to stay for a few days, take a look at our Top Ten Romantic Hotels in Cheltenham, or contact our Tourist Information Centre who offer a free booking service.