Cheltenham & the Cotswolds
Cheltenham & the Cotswolds
The relaxation of the countryside with the culture and feel of a city destination
- Cheltenham’s festivals of literature, music, jazz and science are world-leaders in their genre, with past participants including Sir David Attenborough, Hilary Clinton, Gregory Porter and Brian Cox.
- Each year, the town hosts the Cheltenham Festival – the pinnacle of the horse racing calendar and one of the UK’s biggest annual sporting events.
- Home to the Government’s Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Cheltenham has one of the largest concentrations of cyber and digital businesses anywhere in the country.
- Cheltenham is an ideal base to explore nearby Cotswold's villages set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Historic residents include Edward Jenner, the British physician and scientist who pioneered the concept of vaccines including creating the smallpox vaccine, the world's first vaccine.
Cheltenham has direct rail connections from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff plus easy access from the M5 motorway. Cheltenham is a great base to explore the iconic Cotswolds region.
Cheltenham’s key growth sector is cyber. With 11 times the national average, Cheltenham has one of the highest densities of cyber and digital businesses anywhere in the country outside of London.
Home to the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) and the National Cyber Security Centre, Cheltenham has a long established and thriving cyber ecosystem and has attracted some of the world’s leading names such as Microsoft, Apple and IBM, which now rub shoulders with innovators, start-ups and the UK’s brightest academic minds.
The emerging £400 million Golden Valley Development – home of Cyber Central UK, which is planned for the west of the town -will only strengthen Cheltenham’s position as the UK’s cyber-tech capital.
Gloucestershire boasts the UK’s largest network of agri-tech SMEs, alongside some of the world’s most recognised names in the agri-food sector like Campden BRI, plus the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester and Hartpury University in Gloucester, making Cheltenham and the surrounding Cotswold area the first choice for prominent agri-tech businesses, research and innovation.
Hartpury’s new Agri-Tech Centre, with its ‘Tech to Plate’ concept, gives farmers and agricultural companies access to state-of-the-art biosecurity and livestock handling units, where they can live-test the latest commercial technology in a real farm environment.
Gloucestershire’s ambition is to become the greenest place to live and work in Britain. It’s already home to leading green companies such as Ecotricity, McKerrow Engineering, Tidal Lagoon Power and Green Fuels and aims to be a carbon neutral county by 2050.
Where to stay
Cheltenham and the Cotswolds can accommodate overt 2,000 bedrooms, from large hotels to self-catering apartments and quaint bed & breakfasts.
|5* hotels||61 bedrooms|
|4* hotels||572 bedrooms|
|3* and under properties||797 bedrooms|
|Other (student accommodation / home sharing)||374 bedrooms|
From regency architecture and academic excellence, to world-class stadia and hotels, Cheltenham and the surrounding Cotswolds offers a choice of stunning venues, with something to suit every taste and budget.
From country sports to gourmet experiences, Cheltenham opens its regency doors to some superb incentive options.