In 1788, King George III came for five weeks to ‘take the waters’ at Cheltenham, and thus began its transformation into a fashionable resort.
Cheltenham was designed as place of pleasure with beautiful Regency (c. 1800-1840) architecture, which can still be seen in the many historic garden squares and terraces. The Promenade is an elegant boulevard and has always been the place to see and be seen. Many interesting shops, pavement cafés, and award-winning gardens line its route.
Cheltenham continues to delight visitors with a year-round series of festivals, great shopping, theatre, and a burgeoning restaurant scene, which includes the two Michelin star, Le Champignon Sauvage.
There is an established farmers market in Cheltenham which has many stallholders showcasing great local produce - a key reason why it is such a foodie destination.
Cheltenham makes a good base for touring the wonderful Cotswolds - designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Day trips to Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford are easily possible.
Cheltenham really is a special and uplifting place for a great short break any time of the year.