The town centre is reasonably compact and can easily be explored on foot.

The original town ran along the current High Street, now home to many major chain stores and two shopping arcades. The Regency town spreads southwards along the Promenade, one of the finest town thoroughfares in the country, and today lined with elegant shops.

The magnificent terrace at the northern end, built originally to house those coming to take the waters, now houses the Municipal Offices and the Tourist Information Centre.

In front is the Neptune Fountain and a statue to Edward Wilson, the Cheltenham botanist who accompanied Captain Robert Scott on this ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

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Many gracious terraced houses were built in Cheltenham, in a Neo-Classical style, along broad avenues. These survive around the Queens Hotel, near Montpellier Street.

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If you have time there is a lot more Regency architecture to enjoy in the area close to Montpellier, notably in Lansdowne which is just to the west of Montpellier.

The Pump Rooms constitute a magnificent architectural ensemble, arguably the finest in town and were designed in 1825-30 by a local man, John Forbes.

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LINKS: Friends of Pittville website>>