Cheltenham - A town noted for the famous Gold Cup horse race
Location: A South-West English town near Gloucester
An ideal location for touring the South-West of England, Cheltenham is within a short distance of Bristol (65 kilometres), Stratford Upon Avon (50 kilometres), and Gloucester (15 kilometres). Near the major road routes of the M5, the M40, and the M50 means that you are less than two hours away from London to the east and Cardiff to the west. Surrounded by hills and open fields, Cheltenham is a lovely rural town in a beautiful setting.
Business: The site for UK intelligence
The UK's Government Communication Headquarters is the largest employer in the town, with its headquarters based at 'The Doughnut' in the suburbs of the town. The infrastructure is supported by many companies, and it is no surprise that there is a wealth of high-tech electronics and engineering firms in the local area.
Culture: Gustav Holst is Cheltenham's most famous son
The childhood home of Holst, the composer of The Planets, has been turned into the Holst Birthplace Museum that contains many of his personal belongings, which includes the piano he used to create his masterpiece. The building has been restored to how it would have looked during his childhood with an Edwardian nursery, a Regency drawing room, and even a working Victorian kitchen that produces light teas for the visitor.
Activities: Enjoy a day at the races
The Cheltenham Racecourse holds the biggest steeplechase event in the horseracing calendar during the week of March. The Gold Cup is the culmination of the Cheltenham Festival that sees hundreds of thousands of people descend upon the town to enjoy the atmosphere, and perhaps have a wager on a horse race. The racecourse is also a great place to visit at less busy periods to enjoy the horseracing and the fine dining on offer in one of the three restaurants.