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The Six Best Things About Living in Cheltenham

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When you move to a new town it can take time to get to know your new surroundings and to find the things about them that will make the town special and make it your new home.

Here are the things about Cheltenham that we know you’ll grow to love.

The Wishing Fish Clock in Regent Arcade

This is something you don’t see everywhere! It’s a 45-foot clock tower topped by a rotating, bubble-blowing wishing fish. Head to the Regent Arcade to see it and make a wish or two – if you have children, it’ll become a regular ritual.

The graffiti

Yes, the graffiti. It’s not bad squiggles, though, it’s art. Following on from the first Cheltenham Paint Festival in 2017, the town welcomes around 200 artists who every September decorate Cheltenham’s walls with colourful and engaging murals.

You can follow the trail or wander around and find arty surprises when you turn the right corners.

The Cotswolds countryside and all its walks

Cheltenham is right in the middle of some stunning countryside and you’re only ever a few minutes away from a beautiful walk or an interesting ramble.

The festivals

The town hosts more than 30 festivals every year and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There’s the Gold Cup racing festival in March, of course, but then there’s also the Jazz Festival in April, the Science Festival in June and the Literature Festival in October.

Find out more about Cheltenham’s many festivals here.

The amazing period properties

Cheltenham is famous for being the most complete Regency town in the UK and the Georgian crescents and houses are one of the first things visitors notice. You can also find modern apartments in period buildings or you could check out some of the more newly-built properties on offer.

It’s a well-connected town

Cheltenham is just off the M5, which offers easy road links to Birmingham and Bristol. The A40 links the town to Oxford and the Cheltenham Spa rail station has lots of departures to London Paddington, Birmingham New Street and Bristol Temple Meads.

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