The Abbey

Quality B&B Accommodation in the Heart of Cheltenham

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Cheltenham began its transformation into Cheltenham Spa in 1738, with the discovery of Old Well (the famous Cheltenham Ladies College now occupies the site) In 1788 King George III came to take the waters, and soon Cheltenham was Britain's most important spa. The most eminent architects of the day created a new town of stately squares, sweeping terraces and broad avenues. The salty alkaline waters can still be tasted at the beautiful Pitville Pump Room. In the heart of the town lies the Promenade, lined with elegant shops, statues, trees and flower beds. It encapsulates the genteel image and complements the superb 18th century architecture of Britain's most complete Regency town.

Although the fine architecture, gardens, flower displays and museums are an essential ingredient of the town, time has not stood still in Cheltenham and there are many other attractions. The wide variety of quality shops makes Cheltenham a popular destination for shoppers. There are numerous festivals (see below), good theatres and excellent nightlife to be found in the restaurants, bars and night-clubs. Open-air swimming at the Lido is very popular in the warmer months The Abbey is ideally situated to allow guests to enjoy all this. Chelteham town centre is not large, and all of these features and attractions are within comfortable walking distance of the hotel.

Pitville Park
Imperial Square
One of the statues in Montpellier Walk
Open-air swimming at the Lido

... and its Festivals

Cheltenham has an impressive calendar of major cultural and sporting festivals. Most of the venues are within a 5 minute walk of the Abbey Hotel. These are the main festivals:

Folk Festival February
National Hunt Racing Festival March
Jazz Festival May
Wychwood World Music Festival June
Science Festival June
Food and Drink Festival June
Music Festival July
Cricket Festival July
Greenbelt Festival August
Literature Festival October

In addition, to the National Hunt Racing Festival, featuring the Gold Cup in March, there are a number of other race meetings each year. The race course is 25 minutes walk from the hotel.

1 January New year Meeting
January Festival Trials Day
March The Festival
April The April Meeting
late April Hunter Chase Evening Meeting
October The Showcase
November The Open Meeting
December The International
Cricket Festival
Jazz Festival
Cheltenham Gold Cup

Centre for the Cotswolds

Cheltenham is an excellent base for exploring the Cotswold Hills, one of the most beautiful areas in England. Mazy country lanes are perfect for wandering, and the beauty of its towns and villages built of mellow golden stone are famous. Tours by car, cycle or on foot are all highly rewarding. In particular, the two Romantic Road touring routes start and finish in Cheltenham, and are ideal for discovering the Cotswolds by car.
Bourton on the Water