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.
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 Hallhost 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.
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.