Cheltenham is an elegant spa town that makes a good base for visiting the Cotswold region.
77 Promenade, Cheltenham
Tel (01242) 522 878
Open Mon-Tue 9.30am-5.15pm, Wed 10am-5.15pm, Thu-Sat 9.30am-5.15pm
National Express (tel 0870 580 8080) has coaches to Birmingham, Bristol, Gloucester and London. The coach station is on Royal Wells Road in the town centre.
Megabus coaches go to Swindon, Reading and London; Megabus departs from a bus stop on the Promenade opposite the municipal offices.
Stagecoach buses 10, 97, 98, N10 and X94 run between Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Cheltenham Spa station is at the corner of Gloucester and Queens Roads to the west of the city centre. There are frequent trains to Birmingham, Bristol, Gloucester, Leeds, London (Paddington), Manchester and Penzance with services operated by CrossCountry and First Great Western.
Cheltenham's local bus services are run by Stagecoach. The most useful route is bus G, which runs between the train station and the town centre. This bus stops on High Street and St Georges Square in the town centre.
An all-day DayRider ticket costs £3 or £2 for travel between 7pm and midnight and is good for unlimited bus travel in Cheltenham. The DayRider Plus costs £4.70 and is good for one day unlimited bus travel in both Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Vittoria Walk, Cheltenham
Tel (01242) 524 024
Cheltenham's major museum features a variety of exhibits that cover local history, archaeology and art (including Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th and 19th-centuries).
Clarence Street, Cheltenham
Bus D, E
Tel (01242) 237 431
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5.20pm, Sun 2pm-4.20pm
Gustav Holst, who composed The Planets, was born here and his home has been made into a museum dedicated to his life and music.
4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham
Tel (01242) 524 846
Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm