The Cotswolds - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
The town of Cheltenham is a real jewel in the Cotswold crown.
Whether you are looking for excellent shopping facilities, visiting Cheltenham to attend the world
famous Cheltenham Races or planning a short break in the area, Cheltenham has a lot to offer
Cheltenham is on the edge of the Cotswolds and has an image of being respectable and wealthy. The small
River Chelt flows under and through the town.
Cheltenham is the home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup, the main
event of the Cheltenham Festival held every March. The town hosts several festivals of culture.
The town was awarded a market charter in 1226, though little remains of its pre-spa history.
Cheltenham has been a health and holiday spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs there
in 1716. The spa waters continue to be taken recreationally at Pittville Pump Room, built for this
purpose and completed in 1830. Cheltenham's success as a spa town is reflected in the railway station,
which is still called Cheltenham Spa, and spa facilities in other towns that were inspired by or named
Horse racing began in Cheltenham in 1815, and became a major national attraction after the
establishment of the Festival in 1902. Whilst the volume of tourists visiting the spa has declined, the
racecourse attracts tens of thousands of visitors to each day of the festival each year, with such large
numbers of visitors having a significant impact on the town.
On 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the borough of Cheltenham was merged with
Charlton Kings urban district to form the non-metropolitan district of Cheltenham. Four parishes —
Swindon Village, Up Hatherley, Leckhampton and Prestbury — were added to the borough of Cheltenham
from the borough of Tewkesbury in 1991.
For more information on Cheltenham, visit the Cheltenham web site
If you are looking for accommodation in Cheltenham, try the Cheltenham web site.
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