Our Cheltenham culture shopping guide doesn’t set out to be exhaustive. We simply highlight some of the independent shops and visitor attractions that make Cheltenham stand out to us.  Plus a few of our favourite places nearby in the Cotswolds.

Nobody really needs a review of H&M or Next, but we’ve highlighted a few of our favourite one-off shops as part of our culture shopping guide Cheltenham

Cheltenham also sits on the edge of the Cotswolds, so we’ve included reviews of selected attractions.

Badlands

Chapel Arts

Records
Recordings
Online

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Chapel Arts

Chapel Arts

Gallery
Venue &
Coffee Shop

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CheeseWorks

CheeseWorks

Shop
Cheese &
Deli Products

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Cheltenham Cycles

Cheltenham Cycles

Cycle Shop
Servicing &
Accessories

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival
Wow 5/10
Entertainment 7/10

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Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse

Horse Racing
Wow 8/10
Entertainment 8/10

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Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre

Theatre
Wow 7/10
Entertainment 9/10

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Favourite Beers

Favourite Beers

Beer, Ale, Lager, Cider and Perry Retailer

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Guild at 51

Favourite Beers

Crafts Retailer, part of The Wilson, Art Gallery and Museum

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Painswick Rococo Garden

Painswick Rococo

Historic Garden
Wow 7/10
Entertainment 7/10

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Pittville Pump Room

Pittville Pump Rooms Exterior 10

Attraction, Venue
Wow 6/10
Entertainment 4/10

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Revamp

Revamp

Shop
Clothes, Shoes &
Accessories Agency

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Sandwich Box

Sandwich Box

Bakery
Sandwich Shop &
Cakery

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Town Hall

Cheltenham Town Hall

Event Venue
Wow 5/10
Entertainment 7/10

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The Wilson

The Wilson

Museum, Art Gallery
Wow 3/10
Entertainment 6/10

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Cheltenham culture shopping guide?

On paper Cheltenham struggles a bit, in terms of tourist attractions. The Holst Birthplace Museum and an Art Gallery and Museum (rebranded as ‘The Wilson’) are top of the list. They have their charms, but essentially Cheltenham is at its best as a live experience. Festivals of Science, Music, Jazz and Literature punch well above the town’s weight.  The Everyman Theatre, Pump Room and Town Hall host a good range of plays, musicals, comedy and music. Plus an apparently endless stream of tribute acts.

Racing at Cheltenham is not oppressively posh. In fact, it’s refreshingly democratic. The Festival (a.k.a. Gold Cup Week) is a week of sheer madness.  An influx of horse racing fans from Ireland bring Cheltenham to life. They put the town en fete.

P J Crook Cosmopolitans Cheltenham Culture Shopping Guide

Our Cheltenham culture shopping guide is written by locals. And it’s free from ‘advertising-led’ reviews (advertorial). It’s a Cheltenham culture shopping guide that simply aims to flag up a few special places. Let us know if you think we’ve missed anywhere good!

Cheltenham Culture Shopping Guide – Plus Food and Drink

Click over to our restaurant or cafe guide for more details. In fact, it mainly focuses on restaurants, cafes plus a few really good pubs. Our culture guide is selective. So if a venue appears here, it’s most of all because we really like it. Or maybe we want to warn you.

For a more comprehensive listing try the local tourist board website. http://www.visitcheltenham.com is useful, although ‘official’. Consequently (like all tourist board websites) it suffers a little. It has to be equally enthusiastic about everything. Hence a bit of an exhausting read when looking for an inspiring culture shopping guide.