48 Hours in Cheltenham


We strongly believe that you can never spend enough time in Cheltenham, but should your visit be a fleeting one, we have compiled a mini itinerary of how to spend 48 hours with us. From dining and sightseeing to staying at one of the finest hotels in the Cotswolds, you’ll find all the information you need here in this blog.


Your First Day

The anticipation will have been building before your visit to Cheltenham, and we don’t blame you for wanting to explore right away. Check-in at your convenience and get acquainted with your room and our grounds before venturing into the exquisite Regency town.

Your first day is set to be filled with retail therapy, open spaces and fine dining; the Promenade is a welcoming wide street that boasts incredible Regency architecture. You can while away a few hours browsing and purchasing various items from the charming and independent local shops. The Suffolks is an ideal place to wander the markets and other independent wares. From there, you can view the Municipal Building and gardens, Neptune’s fountain and Cheltenham’s Town Hall. Nearby Montpellier is full of even more businesses and eateries; the architecture in this area is a real delight.

Once you have shopped to your heart’s content, head to Sandford Park where you can see the beautiful ornamental pond, a fountain, cascade pools and even the river. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic – there are local suppliers and shops nearby so you can create your own little hamper as you go.

Stop by a few local bars on your way back for a well-deserved drink, before returning to Ellenborough Park for some exquisite dining. To sample some exceptional English cuisine, take a table in our Restaurant or for something more informal, our 5-star relaxed country pub The Horse Box serves comforting, hearty food.


Your Second Day

After a wonderful night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, you’re ready for your second day at Ellenborough. Leave your luggage with the main desk – we recommend taking a stroll around our 90 acres of countryside to truly blow away the cobwebs. Refreshed, you will then be ready to head back into Cheltenham for a day of culture and discovery.

For some art and education, go to The Wilson. Dedicated to enriching the lives of residents and visitors alike, through the power of art, culture, heritage, sport, play and performance. You can view the changing displays of the Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collections, fine art and The Open Archive; these archives showcase Antarctic explorer Edward A. Wilson’s achievements.. That’s not all – this building also houses the Wilson Arts Collective, de Ferrieres Community Gallery, and the World of Wonders gallery.

Find out more about the collections held at the Wilson.

A 20-minute stroll will bring you to Pittville Park. Dating back to 1825, this space is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham. Boasting lakes, an animal menagerie, woodland and even a putt golf course, you can visit the Pump Rooms and taste the famous (and allegedly restorative) Cheltenham Spa waters.

From the park you can reach the world-renowned Cheltenham Racecourse in another 20-minutes – be sure to check their listings to see if there is an event that takes your fancy. If you’re in need of some respite, return to Ellenborough Park to collect your luggage and enjoy a drink at the bar. Then, you can toast to a wonderful getaway.


Returning in The Future

Once you have stayed with us, we are confident you will want to return and explore Cheltenham even further. From the races and festivals to the culture and heritage of the town, when you’re ready to enjoy another getaway be sure to check our ever-changing Cheltenham hotel offers page for the very best experiences.


To make a reservation at one of the most luxurious hotels in the Cotswolds, contact us today or check availability online for the very best rates.



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