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The Wilson

The Wilson

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

Cheltenham Attractions

Cheltenham is home to some fantastic attractions, and though we don't offer theme parks and zoos, we do offer a wide range of cultural attractions for all ages to enjoy.

The Wilson - Cheltenham's Art Gallery & Museum, which opened to the public on 5 October 2013, is an elegant and stylish building, designed by architects Berman Guedes Stretton, and has something for everybody, whether they are local to the area, or coming to Cheltenham for the first time.  With a gallery dedicated to their extensive fine art collection, and a space to  discover more about local heroes, it is also home to many events throughout the year.

The birthplace of Gustav Holst, composer of 'The Planets', can be found at the Holst Birthplace Museum in Clarence Road on the north side of the town - 2014 was a year of celebration with 100 years since Holst composed his most famous musical score.  The Museum re-opened in December 2016 following flood damage and will once again be host to many superb events throughout 2017.

If you are interested in the sporting history, wander through the Hall of Fame at Cheltenham Racecourse, or if you want to take in more art in a variety of locations, try The Gardens Gallery in Montpellier Gardens, Whitewall Gallery at the back of Cavendish House on the Promenade, or Castle Fine Art nearby.  There are also smaller galleries within the town to enjoy, or even buy a picture to suit your taste.

Cheltenham is home to a growing arts, theatre and music scene, with entertainment venues which include Cheltenham Town Hall, the Everyman Theatre, The Playhouse and The Bacon Theatre.  Live entertainment takes place in many of Cheltenham's pubs and music venues throughout the year too.  The Brewery Quarter is home to an IMAX multiplex cinema complex and bowling alley as well as many restaurants and bars.

Another great asset to the town are Cheltenham's many parks and gardens, most with play areas and cafes, and used to hold many of Cheltenham's annual events.  Pittville Park was been nominated for the Fields in Trust UK’s Best Park and was shortlisted as a finalist in 2016. A superb attraction on a summer's day is the Lido at Sandford Parks.  One of the largest outdoor pools in the country, there is a 50 metre main swimming pool as well as a children's pool and paddling pool, both heated to over 70 degrees. Basketball, volleyball and table tennis are also available – all included in the entrance charge. Light refreshments are available at the poolside cafe.

If the weather isn't kind, Lesiure At Cheltenham offer indoor swimming and activities and hold events for children throughout the school holidays.

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  1. Runners racing down towards the grandstand at Cheltenham

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    Cheltenham Racecourse

    Type

    Venue Provider

    Cheltenham

    The venue for 17 race meetings, featuring The Festival in March and The Open in November, plus conference, events, Sunday market & music festivals.

  2. Secret Cottage

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    Secret Cottage

    Type

    Tour Guide

    A six hour day tour of picturesque hidden North Cotswold villages that includes an invitation to Becky's private thatched cottage.

  3. The Brewery Quarter

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    The Brewery Quarter

    Type

    Venue Provider

    Cheltenham

    The premier destination for eating out, leisure and retail in Cheltenham, where you can shop, dine, stay and play. Restaurants, bars, gym, cinema, hotel.

    The Brewery Quarter is located in the heart of Cheltenham town centre.

    If you’re in the centre of town it’s on the Western end of the...

  4. Holst Birthplace Museum

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    Holst Birthplace Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Cheltenham

    Step inside the Holst Birthplace Museum and see the piano Gustav Holst used to compose The Planets. Discover why he liked its ‘light-touch.’ Find out how he developed into a world-class composer by examining and listening to original manuscripts written when he was a schoolboy. Experience what life...

  5. Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury

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    Tewkesbury Abbey

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    Abbey/Priory

    Tewkesbury

    Tewkesbury Abbey is a parish church of cathedral proportions tucked in the middle of the bustling market town of Tewkesbury. It contains many interesting features and should not be missed.

  6. Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham

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    Sandford Parks Lido

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    Leisure/Swimming Pool

    Cheltenham

    Built in 1935, Sandford Parks Lido retains all its original features and is one of the countries few remaining lidos. It is all set in 4 acres of beautiful grounds.

  7. Imperial Gardens

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    Imperial Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Cheltenham

    Imperial Gardens, which can be found at the rear of the Town Hall, were originally planted out for the exclusive use of subscribers to the Sherborne Spa, which was constructed in 1818 on the site where the Queen's Hotel now stands.

  8. Sandford Park

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    Sandford Park

    Type

    Garden

    Cheltenham

    Situated at the end of the High Street, Sandford Park is one of Cheltenham's lesser known treasures. The tiny River Chelt, which takes its name from the town, flows through Sandford Park.

  9. The Hare and the Minotaur

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    The Hare and the Minotaur

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    Sub-Attraction

    Cheltenham

    Here is some background information about the Hare and Minotaur sculpture. The sculpture was initially part of a temporary exhibition of the work of Gloucestershire based artist Sophie Ryder at the Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery and it was create

  10. Bacon Theatre

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    Bacon Theatre

    Type

    Theatre

    Cheltenham

    Located in the beautifully landscaped grounds of Dean Close School, the Bacon Theatre, Prince Michael Hall and Tuckwell Amphitheatre are fast becoming favoured venues in Gloucestershire for a memorable night out.

  11. Cineworld Cheltenham

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    Cineworld Cheltenham

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    Cinema

    Cheltenham

    Cineworld Cheltenham is an 11 screen cinema located within The Brewery complex. The cinema is surrounded by an arrangement of restaurants, bars and a multi-storey car park.

  12. Cheltenham Town Hall

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    Cheltenham Town Hall

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    Venue Provider

    Cheltenham

    Cheltenham Town Hall is the home of Cheltenham’s impressive all year round programme of major festivals, entertainment, exhibitions and functions.

  13. The Promenade and Long Gardens

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    The Promenade and Long Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Cheltenham

    Cheltenham's famous Promenade dates back to 1818 when the avenue of elms and horse chestnut trees were first planted. Its colourful Long Gardens are laid out with an ever-changing display of ornamental bedding plants.

  14. Leisure-at-Cheltenham

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    Leisure-at-Cheltenham

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    Leisure/Swimming Pool

    Cheltenham

    With such a large range of activities available in Cheltenham there really is something for everyone.

  15. Pittville Pump Room

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    Pittville Pump Room

    Type

    Historic Site

    Cheltenham

    Pittville Pump Room is a beautiful, historic Grade One listed property set in parkland at pittville used for cultural, commercial and community events.

  16. Montpellier Caryatids

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    Montpellier Caryatids

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    Sub-Attraction

    Cheltenham

    Don't miss Cheltenham's most iconic image: The Caryatids in Montpellier. These 'armless ladies' are a type of column which support the architectural facades of the chic boutiques in Montpellier Walk. Dating from 1840 they are loosely based on classic

  17. The Screening Rooms

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    The Screening Rooms

    Type

    Cinema

    Cheltenham

    A LUXURY EXPERIENCE

    When you step through the doors to The Screening Rooms, you'll know you're somewhere a little bit special. The tasteful décor and friendly atmosphere is sure to put you at ease.

    Our concierge will greet you and show you to your pre-selected seat, but not before you've had...

  18. Montpellier Gardens

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    Montpellier Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Cheltenham

    Montpellier Gardens lie close to the town centre and are an important part of Cheltenham's regency landscape. Many of the buildings surrounding the gardens are listed grade 1. The site has been owned by the borough council since 1893 and is part of the Cheltenham Central Conservation Area which, at...

  19. The Neptune Fountain

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    The Neptune Fountain

    Type

    Historic Site

    CHELTENHAM

    Neptune Fountain built in 1893

  20. Sudeley Castle

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    Sudeley Castle & Gardens

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    Winchcombe, Near Cheltenham

    Award-winning gardens surrounding Castle and medieval ruins. Exhibitions, rare-breeds pheasantry, restaurant & cafe, adventure play area.

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