Cheltenham may be famous for the Cheltenham Festival, but if you are planning to book a break in the Cotswolds, you will find plenty of other attractions nearby.
Bourton House Garden
If you are a lover of the countryside, Bourton House Garden is situated in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Hill. The award-winning garden surrounds a fine 18th century Manor House and features stunning topiary and a vast range of exotic plants. If you plan to spend the day at Bourton House, enjoy home-made cakes and pastries in the Grade 1 listed, 16th century, Tithe Barn.
Tewkesbury Heritage Centre
Tewkesbury Heritage Centre is situated in a restored 17th century building. Portable guides and interactive games create fun and entertainment for all the family, while detailing the fascinating local history. From Tewkesbury’s earliest settlers to the Civil War and the industrial revolution to today, the heritage centre is perfect for enthusiasts of history and local culture.
Hot Air Ballooning in the Cotswolds
Hot Air Ballooning in the Cotswolds offers you the chance to get a bird’s eye view of the areas of outstanding natural beauty in Gloucestershire. Drift over the Cotswolds landscapes and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings. Launch sites include Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bourton-on-the-Water. Flights normally take place early morning, just after dawn or early evening.
The Play Farm
If you are spending time in Cheltenham with the family, the Play Farm is a themed centre for children aged 0-12. Based at the Brewery in Cheltenham, the Play Farm offers a multi-tiered soft play structure in a safe and stimulating environment. Located in relaxing farmyard surroundings, the Farm offers dedicated play zones for babies, toddlers and older kids. Parents can relax in a comfortable environment with access to top quality food and drinks.
The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum reopened its doors to the public in 2013 and houses extensive fine art and touring exhibition galleries. Visitors can explore the highlights of the Museum’s collections, including a gallery space for renowned international Arts and Crafts. Tales of local heroes are shown in the Paper Store, including that of Edward Wilson (one of Scott’s main men on his 1912 Antarctica expedition).
If you are planning to book a break in Cheltenham or the Cotswolds, choose from a wide range of luxury Cheltenham Festival accommodation rentals close to the town’s main attractions.