Saturday, 24 October 2015


Known for GCHQ and for its steeplechase horse racing, Cheltenham is a beautiful town and has a lot to offer to visitors.  It has been a health and holiday spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs in 1716. We visited the town on the last day of our visitors' stay.
The Promenade is a wonderful shopping street


it's pedestrianised and it's a real delight to walk in such an open space in the middle of a town

lots of shops on either side

and this sculpture is right in the middle

it looks particularly attractive around Christmas time when the trees are filled with small silver lights

Beautiful buildings

and lots of cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating which gives the town a cosmopolitan air

The town is famous for its Regency architecture and is said to be 'the most complete regency town in England'.

trees everywhere


And it's full of parks


so that the openness of The Promenade is continuously reproduced throughout

a Regency terrace in the distance

The Queens hotel with the monument to those who fell during the Crimean war in front

another park as we enter the Montpellier area

which is very interesting both in architectural terms

and because of the boutique shops that encourage browsing.

Each doorway of this terrace is flanked by these statues


it's my favourite area


and it includes this wonderful Regency terrace


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