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Prime Location Cheltenham Area Guide

Cheltenham is perhaps most famed for its mineral springs. Their discovery in 1716 gave Cheltenham its spa town status and made it a popular holiday destination for wealthy English tourists of the time. A visit by the Royals in 1788 transformed the town into a fashionable hotspot and its popularity continued to increase with the opening of a racecourse in the nineteenth century. Today, Cheltenham racecourse attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, peaking in March during the Cheltenham Festival.

Its location on the River Chelt is responsible for some areas of the town being subject to flooding. Approximately 800 properties are located in flood risk areas, though the town has benefitted from over £20 million in flood alleviation funding in the past few years.


The population of Cheltenham is made up predominantly of white British inhabitants. The town has a low unemployment rate, with only 2.7% of the population unemployed, compared with a National Average of 7.9%.

The average income of residents of Cheltenham is above the national median, sitting at £25,200 per annum. Despite Cheltenham’s copious affluent residential areas (including Hatherly, the Park and Charlton Kings), certain areas within the town are amongst the top 10 most deprived areas in the UK. Those include Whaddon, St Paul’s, St Mark’s and Springbank.


It’s unlikely to come as a surprise that Cheltenham’s schools include some of the best performing in England. The town has many state primary schools, 7 state secondary schools and 4 independent schools. The town’s schools generally perform well in national league tables, with most in the top half. The town’s independent schools include the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College, which ranks as the 22nd best independent school in the country.

Pate’s Grammar School was ranked the 6th best state secondary in the country in the 2011 league tables, while 3 others featured in the top 500 list. Based on Ofsted Reports, Cheltenham’s best performing primary schools are Leckhampton C of E Primary, Warden Hill Primary School and Holy Apostle’s C of E Primary. There’s a real diversity in terms of school choices available. Cheltenham is also home to several further education institutions and Gloucestershire University’s Park Campus.


Cheltenham’s main station, Cheltenham Spa, lies on the Bristol to Birmingham main line. There are between 8 and 12 trains passing through the station every hour (fewer on Sundays). You can reach a number of major cities directly by train: London Paddington in just over 2 hours; Bristol Temple Meads in approximately 40 minutes; Birmingham New Street in approximately 42 minutes. So the town is incredibly accessible by rail.

In terms of traveling around within Cheltenham itself, there are a number local bus services. To deal with the problem of congestion in the town centre, there is also a park and ride scheme, enabling commuters to park up at the racecourse and take a Stagecoach operated bus into the town centre.

Amenities and shopping

Cheltenham’s shopping facilities can rival those of many cities. In the town centre, you’ll find the High Street and the town’s major shopping centre, Regent Arcade. There are 500+ car parking spaces there and an array of independent shops and major high street retailers including Mothercare, BHS and the Body Shop. Also on the High Street is the smaller Beechwood shopping centre.

There are a number of out-of-town shopping options too. The area of Montpellier and Suffolks boasts a shopping area with a real continental feel to it. The small, independent boutiques are interspersed with win bars and eateries. All of this is within strolling distance of the town centre. The out-of-town Promenade shopping area is popular with the more affluent and is home to a number of designer shops and there’s also another larger out-of- town leisure park and shopping area known as the Brewery.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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