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Cheltenham and Gloucester are towns on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Gloucestershire. Cheltenham has been a health and holiday spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs in 1716, and has a number of internationally renowned and historic schools. The oldest school in the town is Pate’s Grammar School, while Cheltenham College was the first of the public schools of the Victorian period, and Cheltenham Ladies’ College has an unrivalled reputation.
Culture is high on the list for Cheltenham’s residents, and the town hosts several festivals throughout the year, such as the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Cheltenham Music Festival, often featuring nationally and internationally famous contributors and attendees. Cheltenham Racecourse is the home of steeplechase horseracing, and the highlight of the racing calendar is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes place every March and promises a fantastic day-out!
For theatre-goers, there are four theatres in town, as well as The Wilson for fans of art and history – it is free to enter and hosts a full programme of regular art exhibitions. History lovers will be interested to know that Cheltenham Minister, St Mary’s, is the only surviving medieval building in the town, and its world-famous bells can be heard for miles around. Cheltenham is also well-known for its nightlife, with a wide range of pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants. There’s even a Michelin star restaurant called Le Champignon Sauvage, serving modern French cuisine in super-comfortable surroundings.
Cheltenham has a steady light industry, which includes food processing, aerospace, electronics and tourism businesses. Vertex Data Science, GE-Aviation, Chelsea Building Society, Endsleigh Insurance, Archant, UCAS, Kohler Mira, Zürich Financial Services and Superdry all have sites in and around the town. Cheltenham & Gloucester building society was a household name until it amalgamated with Lloyds Banking Group, and the Cotswold Brewing Company is based in the town, brewing everything from beer and lager, to vodka and gin.
A house valuation website recently rated Cheltenham as the most desirable property location in Britain, and you can see why! The best of both town and countryside, the average property price for Cheltenham is around the £372,000 mark. It is located on the Bristol-Birmingham mainline, with services to Gloucester, Bristol, Swindon, London Paddington, Cardiff Central, Birmingham, Derby and beyond, and is also adjacent to the M5 motorway, so train and road travel is no issue.
Ruby fan? Gloucester Rugby Club is only a stone’s throw away on the outskirts of neighbouring Gloucester.