Cheltenham is a spa town located near Gloucester. It’s best known for hosting the Cheltenham Races as well as being close to the Cotswolds. There are lots of great things to do here – so I’ve made you the perfect guide to visit the best places in Cheltenham.
Best Places To Park in Cheltenham
When visiting Cheltenham, it’s likely that you will visit by car. There are other transport links such as the train and national express connections but most people I’ve spoken to have arrived by car.
- Arle Court Park & Ride. This is where I always park when visiting Cheltenham! It’s just so easy to get to, and you don’t need to worry about the time. All you need to do is park up, put your number plate into one of the machines, buy a bus ticket (they come every 15 minutes or so), scan it and there you go! It takes you right into Cheltenham centre, so you don’t have to walk far.
- Regent Arcade. This is a more expensive car park, but it’s sheltered, secure and in the centre so if you’re planning on doing lots of shopping, this is the place to park for you! Prices start at £1.70 for 1 hour.
- North Place Car Park. This is a great choice for cheap and convenient parking that is very close to the centre also. Prices start at £1.30 for 1 hour, but it is also very big (it has a capacity of 300 spaces) so if you’re visiting on a busy day, you’ll likely find space here.
Best Things To Do in Cheltenham
There are so many activities to do in Cheltenham, you will definitely have trouble deciding which to choose! Luckily, I’ve helped narrow down my favourite for you:
- Escape Hunt is a fun-filled, challenging place to take part in a variety of escape rooms. The escape rooms range from Doctor Who to even an Alice in ‘Puzzleland’ one. Prices are around £28 per person, but this depends on the game. They are open 7 days per week – from 10am to 10pm.
- Mr Mulligans is the perfect place to go if you love adventure golf, and they even have a fantastic restaurant and bar! They are also open 7 days a week and are an adults-only venue after 20:45 pm. Golf prices are around £14 per adult.
- Everyman Theatre always has something entertaining on! It’s the perfect venue if you love theatre shows – they even often have comedians at their venue!
- Sandford Parks Lido is a big Lido (outside pool) located just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Cheltenham! It’s the perfect place to relax on when it’s hot outside, and they often have events on such as Aqualthon’s, Water Polo, etc.
Best Places To Eat in Cheltenham
In Cheltenham, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat! Here are some of my personal favourites:
- Revolution is located in an old church building which makes it an instantly awesome venue to eat and drink in! The staff are always friendly and super helpful, and the menu has a wide range of things to choose from. If I had to recommend anything – you definitely need to try Noo Woo (I think it’s one of the nicest drinks I’ve ever had!).
- Thai Emerald has some of the tastiest Thai food in Cheltenham! Their philosophy is ” to ensure that we provide you with more than just a place to eat, but a unique experience that embraces all of one’s senses.” – so if that doesn’t integuige you, what will? They have so much to choose from on their menu and have lots of positive reviews!
- Taco Bell – okay maybe not everyone’s thing, but there aren’t many Taco Bells in the UK, and I wish there were! I first had Taco Bell in Spain, and even though I still think the Spanish one is better, you should still try it if you get the chance! The loaded fries are sooo good!
- BAO + BBQ is the perfect place for you if you love Bao. They have a wide variety of flavoursome food to choose from – everything on their menu looks and sounds delicious. They’re reasonably priced and the portions are huge!
The Best Shops in Cheltenham
Cheltenham is a shopper’s paradise – your arms will hurt from the number of things you’ll end up buying! Here are a few of the best shops I suggest you have a look at:
- August Moon Tea is an amazing tea shop in Cheltenham! They sell lots of different teas, tea wear and even host events such as Chinese Tea Ceremonies. The items they sell make perfect gifts for any tea lover!
- Anthroplogie is such a unique shop selling high-quality clothing, furniture, beauty and wellness items. Almost everything they sell here is very different from other items on the high street and is reasonably priced for the quality.
- Roots & Fruits is a friendly family-run greengrocer and florist that has an amazing range of flowers and locally sourced produce. Everything is very reasonably priced and very high quality! It’s my go-to shop whenever I want some beautiful bouquets.
- Cuckoo’s Nest is a shop that specialises in selling pre-loved designer handbags and accessories which are 100% authentic. If you’re looking for a designer at a very good price – this is definitely the shop for you to visit!
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