The picturesque Cotswolds town of Cheltenham may be synonymous with its racecourse, but the tourist hotspot offers far more, from a natural spa and beautiful Regency architecture through to designer shopping and fantastic food. It's also easy to travel to and from the town with regular services from London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol, Bath, Edinburgh and the Lake District.
There is one train station which is Cheltenham Spa train station itself, and it is located on the Bristol to Birmingham Line. First Great Western manages the station, which dates back to 1840 and has just two platforms. It is located about a mile away from Cheltenham town centre and takes around 10 minutes to take a bus from the train station to the town centre, and here it is possible to find a number of onward buses for local connections.
Services are operated by primarily by First Great Western and Cross Country Trains. Although it is managed by First Great Western, a large number of services are run by Cross Country Trains. There are also infrequent services from West Midlands Trains and Transport for Wales. Around ten scheduled services depart every hour from this busy little station and it takes just an hour or so to travel to and from London with the direct service.
Cheltenham is a busy tourist destination and also home to a large number of commuters who work in accessible big cities such as London, Birmingham and Bristol. This means that its roads can become extremely congested, especially when the Cheltenham Races are on. Parking is limited and can be expensive. Trains to Cheltenham offer a quick, convenient and affordable travel option, especially when you book in advance and look for flexible fares.
This beautiful and bustling town is a day-tripper's delight. Visit the 1930s outdoor Lido, one of the many beautifully landscaped and historic gardens or parks and indulge in designer shopping and the best gastropubs in the pretty town centre. Cheltenham is ideal for pedestrians, but there are also taxi ranks dotted around, as well as the Royal Well Bus and Coach Station, which offers bus services to the station and other local areas.
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