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Pittville Pump Room


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Cheltenham town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Cheltenham's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Cheltenham has been described by The New York Times as a town enjoying a cultural renaissance with many "happening spots", and by The Independent newspaper as a "Design Destination" with stylish places to eat, drink and stay, But Cheltenham is also Britain’s most Regency town with a magnificent spa, stunning architecture, wide open spaces, rivers and lakes, and beautiful walks. A brilliant place to visit any time of the year.


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Curious About... Cheltenham

  • An exploration of Cheltenham's town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Cheltenham in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Pittville Pump Room to Promenade - 2 miles / 3.2 kms
This walk starts at Pittville Pump Room, “the jewel of Cheltenham’s Regency architecture” and flows down through landscaped parks, ponds and lakes to delightful Regency Squares. Soon it’s into the heart of the town to circle the magnificent Minster, Cheltenham’s most ancient building, before passing the Brewery Quarter, a stylish synagogue, the elusive River Chelt, and finally the Promenade, picture of elegance.
2 hoursOK

2. Promenade to Town Hall - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From Cheltenham's famous Promenade, dating back to 1818 at the height of the Regency period, when the avenue of elms and horse chestnut trees was first planted, this walk takes you up past the illustrious Ladies’ College to Montpellier, home to high class shops, bars and eateries. Absorb the atmosphere then cross the enchanting Imperial Gardens to finish in front of Cheltenham’s strikingly stunning Town Hall.
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Excellent product by the way, really informative and ideal for orientation when visiting a place for the first time."

Latest Revision : October 2023


Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail