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Heritage Tour - Cheltenham Spa Town

23rd June 2018

8.00am from Northwich Memorial Court - other pickups available.

Northwich Memorial Court


Cheltenham has been a health and holiday spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs there in 1716. The visit of George III with the queen and royal princesses in 1788 set a stamp of fashion on the spa.

Imperial Gardens, which can be found at the rear of the Town Hall, were originally planted out for the exclusive use of the subscribers to the Sherborne Spa. The spa was constructed in 1818 on the site now occupied by the Queens Hotel. Over the intervening years, the gardens have undergone many changes, with the formal style you now see being laid out just after the second world war. Each year, approximately 25,000 bedding plants are used to produce the magnificent floral displays enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. In the gardens you will find a statue of Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets, as the centrepiece of the hexagonal fountain. The Holst Birthplace Museum is located in Clarence Road. The Museum is located in the house in which Holst was born in 1874.

The Wilson is an outstanding museum and art gallery with a programme of exciting temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries displaying World famous Arts and Crafts Movement collection inspired by William Morris, The story of Edward Wilson, a son of Cheltenham, and his explorations with Scott of the Antarctic. There is also a collection of important Dutch 17th and 19thC paintings, rare Oriental porcelain and English ceramics, plus the social history of Cheltenham, Britain's most complete Regency town.

Neptune’s Fountain is one of Cheltenham’s most iconic landmarks and is a popular photographic spot with locals and tourists alike. It can be found at the southern end of the Long Garden and was made from Portland stone in 1893 by a local sculptor R. L. Boulton. Another popular statue is that of the Hare and Minotaur, a large bronze sculpture created by Gloucestershire-based artist Sophie Ryder in 1995 that can be found on The Promenade.

The Promenade is a beautiful tree-lined shopping street that leads from High Street to the independent areas of Montpellier. The Prom, as it is known by the locals, is regarded as one of the finest shopping boulevards in the country. Running parallel to the Promenade is Regent Street, which has numerous bars and restaurants. Montpellier is an area where independent fashion, antiques and lifestyle boutiques sit alongside cafes and wine bars. Spot the stone sculptures known as Caryatids (modelled on the Acropolis in Athens), which add to the deliciously continental feel of the area.


Coach leaves Winsford @ 7.30am through to Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (a).
£23 (entry fees extra) - book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket


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