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Regency Architecture

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Lansdown Crescent

History, Heritage & Architecture in Cheltenham

Cheltenham surely boasts some of the most fantastic culture and heritage in England, and you will certainly need more than a day to capture it.

Here we have tried to highlight some of the top cultural sites and events that are a must-see if you are spending a few days in Cheltenham.

Pittville Pump Room is a beautiful, historic Grade One listed property described by Visit Britain as ”the jewel in Cheltenham’s regency architecture”,  set in parkland at Pittville used for cultural, commercial and community events.  The Pump Room is located in Pittville Park, which is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and was opened in 1825 and was given a Grade 2 listing under the English Heritage register of parks and gardens.  It is here you can sample the mineral-rich spa waters.

Neptune’s Fountain is one of Cheltenham’s most iconic landmarks and is a popular photographic spot with locals and tourists alike.  It can be found at the southern end of the Long Garden and was made from Portland stone in 1893 by a local sculptor R. L. Boulton.

Another popular statue is that of the Hare and Minotaur, a large bronze sculpture created by Gloucestershire-based artist Sophie Ryder in 1995 that can be found on The Promenade.

In Imperial Gardens you will find a statue of Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets, as the centrepiece of the hexagonal fountain.  The Holst Birthplace Museum is open all year and is located in Clarence Road.  It is a fantastic day out that also gives an insight into family life of that period, as well as holding various events.  The Museum is located in the house in which Holst was born in 1874.

Apart from landmarks, Cheltenham is well-known for its Cheltenham Festivals, host to the Literature, Jazz, Music and Science festivals each year, that take place in various locations around the town.  There is also a series of Heritage Open Days each year, allowing access into venues such as Cheltenham College and St Mary’s Minster. 

The Wilson – Gloucestershire’s premier museum and art gallery, holds many events and exhibitions throughout the year that embrace culture, art and heritage; as well as The Everyman Theatre and Cheltenham Town Hall.

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  1. Runners racing down towards the grandstand at Cheltenham

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    Cheltenham Racecourse

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    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. The Neptune Fountain

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    The Neptune Fountain

    Type

    Historic Site

    CHELTENHAM

    Neptune Fountain built in 1893

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. St Mary's Minster

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    St Mary's Minster

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    Church/Chapel

    CHELTENHAM

    Cheltenham’s oldest building

  6. The Centaur

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    The Centaur

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    Venue Provider

    Located in the heart of England at Cheltenham Racecourse,The Centaur has room for 2,250 people to sit, morethan 4,000 to stand and 1,200 to have a gourmet banquet There are also 12,500 free parking spaces.

  7. The Playhouse Theatre

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    The Playhouse Theatre

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    Theatre

    Cheltenham

    Welcome to Cheltenham Playhouse - Cheltenham's intimate community theatre.

  8. 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.

  9. Sudeley Castle

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    Sudeley Castle & Gardens

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    Castle/Fort

    Winchcombe, Near Cheltenham

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

  10. Gloucester Cathedral.

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    Gloucester Cathedral

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    Cathedral/Minster

    Gloucester

    A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral - one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and a burial place of royalty.

  11. Everyman Theatre

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    Everyman Theatre

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    Venue Provider

    Cheltenham

    The Everyman is Gloucestershire's theatre - and has been serving the county (and beyond) since 1891.

  12. Pittville Pump Room

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    Pittville Pump Room

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    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.

  13. Holst Birthplace Museum

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    Holst Birthplace Museum

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    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...

  14. Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

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    The Wilson - Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

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    Museum

    Cheltenham

    Cheltenham has an outstanding museum and art gallery with a programme of exciting temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries..

  15. Historic Gloucester Docks

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    Historic Docks

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    Historic Site

    Gloucester

    Collection of restored Victorian warehouses, with shops, museums, restaurants and cafe bars. Boat trips and guided walks in summer months. The dockside also hosts the Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet and leisure quarter.

  16. Belas Knapp Long Barrow, Winchcombe

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    Belas Knap Long Barrow (English Heritage)

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    Historic Site

    Winchcombe

    A good example of a neolithic long barrow, with the mound still intact and surrounded by a stone wall.

  17. Hidcote (photo by Sarah Davis - courtesy of the National Trust)

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    Hidcote (National Trust)

    Type

    Garden

    Chipping Campden

    One of England's great gardens, famous for its rare trees and shrubs, outstanding herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world.

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