Why not come and experience what Gloucestershire has to offer for yourself. With a campus in both Gloucester and Cheltenham, we have provided some useful information below about the area.
Cheltenham sits on the edge of the glorious Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, and it’s full of shops, restaurants and cafés. The city is known for its Imperial Gardens and the international festivals of jazz, science, music and literature. Cheltenham is located just over 85 miles from London and 38 miles from bustling Bristol.
Nestled in the heart of the Severn Vale region, this cathedral city of the Cotswolds boasts 2,000 years of history, with the Quays and Historic Docks. With such an array of beauty alongside rich history, it is little surprise that the city has been a location for major productions such as Sherlock, Doctor Who and Harry Potter.
With great transport links and some of the best countryside England has to offer, Gloucestershire is popular amongst families and young people.
Drivers can use the A40 to Oxford and M40 into West London, while the M5 motorway runs south to Bristol and north to Birmingham. There’s also the A417 to Swindon and for the M4.
Trains run directly to Bristol and Birmingham in under an hour, as well as regular trains to London, with direct routes taking a little under 2 hours.
Nearest airports are London Heathrow (approx. 2 hours), Birmingham (approx. 1 hour) and Bristol Airport (approx. 1h15m) – all with flights to Europe and worldwide.
Cheltenham is home to more than 50 top name retailers, and also has a growing roster of independent shops, including options for antique lovers and a popular Farmers’ Market. The Cheltenham gastronomic scene also offers many options – from gastropubs and Indian cuisine, to Michelin-starred restaurants.
The city is packed full of bars, shops and restaurants including 3 main shopping complexes, Eastgate, Kings Walk and Gloucester Quays, which house all the top name retailers. When it comes to eating out in the city, you will be spoilt for choice, from small unique cafés to restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines, from Thai to Caribbean street food.
As part of Cheltenham Borough Council’s plans to put Cheltenham at the forefront of cyber security, a new Cyber business park and up to 3,000 homes near the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are being built in Cheltenham.
The plan is to turn the area into a new Garden Village community, with sustainability at its heart, to provide employment opportunities as well as meet the needs of the growing community.
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