48 Hours In Cheltenham, UK
Cheltenham is the perfect base to explore The Cotswolds. You’ll need at least 48 hours in the area as there’s so much to see and do. There’s a huge foodie scene in The Cotswolds – choose from cosy pubs, fine dining or laid back restaurants serving up budget street food. The area is also the preferred hangout of celebrities, actors and politicians who come for the rural charm, picture-perfect villages, buzzy market towns and stunning countryside.
Where to stay in Cheltenham
I stayed at the beautiful No 131, a design-led boutique hotel right in the heart of the Montpellier district of Cheltenham. Part of the Lucky Onion group, this beautifully renovated Georgian townhouse has 36 individually designed bedrooms, cosy restaurant and the atmospheric, speakeasy-inspired Gin & Juice bar. As Autumn approaches, the hotel transforms its outside spaces into one of the best outdoor terraces in Cheltenham.
The group also owns another property just around the corner, No 38 The Park. A warm welcome awaits guests at this grand Georgian house with beautifully styled rooms, drawing room and charming breakfast room that serves up cocktails after dark. With many people still preferring to staycation in the UK rather than holidaying abroad, book your room today.
Things to do in Cheltenham
While you’re in the city, save some time for eating at The Coconut Tree, a street food joint serving authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and killer cocktails. In the heart of Cheltenham’s student district, it’s a popular spot, so make sure you book. If you’re after a drink in a cosy pub, The Beehive is a local favourite and one of Cheltenham’s best pubs.
A great way to explore the city is by E-scooter. Save your feet and the planet. Look out for Zwings scooters dotted all over the place – simply sign up, download the app and off you go. Lovers of lidos will be in heaven at Sandford Parks Lido, in existence since 1935 and a lovely spot for an al fresco swim.
Cheltenham Festivals run throughout the year and are probably some of the most famous events on the city’s cultural calendar. If you enjoy theatre, head to The Everyman Theatre, one of the most prominent theatres in Cheltenham. Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the perfect place to soak up some history while meandering through the pleasure gardens and taking in the stunning Cotswolds countryside.
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