Our Town

Cheltenham is one of England's most beautiful Regency towns, and for over 160 years Cheltenham Ladies’ College has been proudly situated at the heart of the town, close to parks, restaurants and shops.

4 sixth formers from CLC walk on The Promenade in Cheltenham

The town has much to offer, from its graceful architecture and history, to its beautiful parks and diverse shops. Cheltenham is often called ‘the Festival Town’; the annual programme of jazz, science, music, literature, street art, films, wellbeing, cricket, horse racing and food festivals ensures there is always something going on and brings cultural variety to both residents and visitors alike. For College students, this provides opportunities to enrich the curriculum, with access to a range of speakers and events within easy walking distance.

Beyond Cheltenham is the picture-perfect Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its rolling hills and charming villages built with local honey-coloured stone. Stretching for almost 800 square miles, with thousands of miles of footpaths, ancient woodlands and stunning landscapes, there are plenty of opportunities for fresh air, outdoor pursuits, College camps and Duke of Edinburgh adventures.

A number of large organisations are based in Gloucestershire, including St James's Place Wealth Management, engineering company Spirax Sarco, aerospace firms GE Aviation and Safran Landing Systems, UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service), retailer Superdry, green energy company Ecotricity and luxury travel agent Abercrombie & Kent, to name a few.

Cheltenham is also home to the biggest concentration of cyber businesses outside of London and GCHQ - the UK government's intelligence, security and cyber agency. Over the coming decade, the town is investing in both the local economy at large and in the 'Golden Valley': a 200-hectare site which will be developed to provide 3,700 sustainable homes, two million square feet of commercial space and Cyber Central, a campus of cyber and digital organisations, strategically located adjacent to GCHQ.

If you're visiting us, commuter links into Cheltenham are good. There are easy road and rail links, with Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford all accessible within an hour's travel on either the M5 or A40. Regular trains and buses also run to London which is approximately 100 miles away, and to Heathrow which is slightly closer.

Accommodation for all budgets is plentiful, from affordable hotels to luxury spas, and there are numerous pubs and restaurants in the town, as well as in the many surrounding villages.

For directions to Cheltenham Ladies’ College, please visit our Contact Us page.

If you're visiting us and would like suggestions about where to stay, eat or local attractions please take a look at our Visiting page.

For a wider roundup of events and attractions, local guides such as those hosted by SoGlos or Visit Cheltenham are useful places to start.