With some attractions charging a small fortune for entry, a day out in a city or town can be overwhelmingly expensive. But it doesn’t have to be; there is an abundance of beautiful venues across the UK that are free to visit.
Here at Hilden Lodge, we have compiled a list of free things to see and do during your stay in Cheltenham to help you enjoy your trip, without breaking the bank.
Relax In Pittville Park
Opened in 1825, Pittville Park is the largest park in Cheltenham and is renowned throughout the area. Featuring the characteristic Pittville Pump Rooms, the park also provides play facilities for children, tennis courts, pitch and putt golf courses and even a lake where you can fish during fishing season. Pittville Park is the perfect place to relax on a summer day and just a short distance away from Hilden Lodge.
There are some events that run periodically through Pittville Park, these include:
- Friends Of Pittville – Twice a month volunteers meet to maintain the park; activities include planting herbs and vegetables and taking measures to protect the wildlife living in the park. The friends host a range of events around the park which are usually free, you can see a list of events here.
- Orienteering – If you fancy a challenge, the North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club have worked in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council to design a short orienteering challenge for beginners. The challenge runs across both sides of the park, leaflets can be found at the Central Cross Cafe in the park.
Discover Cheltenham’s History At The Wilson
Named after Cheltenham’s famous Antarctic explorer, Edward Wilson, who accompanied Robert Scott on the first British expedition to reach the South Pole. ‘The Wilson’ is Cheltenham’s newly expanded art gallery and museum, one of Cheltenham’s exciting new attractions, housing impressive art collections in its exhibition galleries. The Wilson can be found on Clarence Street and is easily accessible, it features art and crafts pieces, paintings and fine art relating to Cheltenham’s history, the museum is open 9.30am – 5.15pm daily excluding bank holidays – admission is free.
There are regular workshops running at the Wilson throughout Summer including guided tours, drawing workshops and drop-in art classes – starting at just £1 entry. You can see a full list of the events here
See The Sights Of The Long Garden
The Long Garden is an ornamental garden situated on the west side of the Promenade, known for its ever changing flower bedding displays, it is home to some of Cheltenham’s most famous monuments including the memorial to Edward Wilson and the Cheltenham war memorial, standing at 24ft high the simplistic design is a favourite with visitors and photographers.
Most famously, the Long Garden features The Neptune Fountain, often the centrepiece of brochures advertising Cheltenham. The fountain is fashioned in the image of the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome and nestles on the stylish Cheltenham Promenade. The Promenade is the perfect place to enjoy a walk or grab lunch, in summer time the fountain is illuminated to create a beautiful backdrop for evening shopping.
Follow The Romantic Road
If you’re travelling as a couple, be sure to consider the ‘Romantic Road’ driving routes, situated just outside the Cotswolds, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty and offers the perfect chance to follow one of two routes around the Cotswolds:
‘The Romantic Road – A Tour For Today’ – This route takes you on a 75 mile adventure through the towns and villages neighbouring Cheltenham, some of which featured in our recent blog on the Cotswolds including: Winchcombe, Stanway, Broadway, Chipping Camden, Blockley, Upper Slaughter, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. If you don’t fancy driving, most of this route is suitable for cyclists.
‘The Romantic Road – A Tour For Tomorrow’ – This slightly longer route takes you around some of the larger towns and villages neighbouring Cheltenham Including: Northleach, Burford, Lechlade, Bibury, Cirencester and Painswick.
Visit the Cheltenham Racecourse Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame at Cheltenham’s famous racecourse features exhibits tracing 60 years of the history of jump racing and of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Entrance to the Hall of Fame is free of charge.
Visit the Imperial Gardens
Each year, approximately 25,000 bedding plants are used to produce the magnificent floral displays of these formal gardens enjoyed by thousands of visitors to Cheltenham every year. The Gardens are situated at the rear of the Town Hall and were originally planted out for the exclusive use of the subscribers to the Sherborne Spa. During summer months a stroll through the gardens will be a peaceful and colourful experience.
Make The Most Of Your Trip To Cheltenham
Once you’ve made the most of the free attractions in Cheltenham, come and enjoy the free Wi-Fi at Hilden Lodge. Situated just a few miles from the town centre, Hilden Lodge is the perfect getaway spot for your next trip to Cheltenham – call us on 01242 583242 for more information or book one of our stylish rooms today!