Cheltenham and Gloucester are nestled in the West Country; the beautiful Cotswold Hills to the east and the ancient Forest of Dean to the west mean that some of the loveliest countryside in the west of England is only a short trip away.
There's less than 10 miles between them, but each place has a distinct style of its own. Gloucester is a bustling city with historic docks, a stunning Cathedral and a fine rugby tradition. Cheltenham is a well-preserved regency town, established as a fashionable getaway in the 18th and 19th centuries, which now hosts world-renowned literature, music, science and horse-racing festivals.
History buffs – young or old – are in luck as Gloucester began life as a Roman fort. Visit the refurbished City Museum and Art Gallery to see artefacts on display and explore a Roman kitchen, or take a peek at the remains unearthed beneath the Eastgate shopping centre!
Cheltenham has an international reputation for its gentile Regency architecture, and the spa waters that made it so famous in the past can still be taken at the Pittville Pump Room. If that's not quite your idea of entertainment or refreshment, why not indulge in a spot of shopping, latte-sipping or supper instead in the friendly yet decidedly chic Montpellier neighbourhood.
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