Cheltenham: 300 Years a Spa Town

Spa Waters, first discovered in Cheltenham in 1716, were thought to have powerful healing properties. As the spa waters became more well known, they attracted visitors to the town from far and wide.

The Promenade Telephone boxes

May - September 2016

Stroll along Cheltenham's famous Promenade and have a peek into the red telephone boxes...inside each one, you'll find well-known figures from Cheltenham's past.

Mary Compton, Mrs Forty, Mrs Rous, George III, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Fred Archer, Dorothea Beale and Edward A. Wilson all helped to shape Cheltenham's unique history. As people from Cheltenham, or visitors to the town, each will tell you a little more about why they are well-known, what they brought to the town, or what talents they took out of Cheltenham and shared with the World. And, don't forget to look into the phone box detailing The Great Match, telling of the All Blacks rugby team's triumphant victory in 1908.

Displays at The Wilson

Look out for fascinating new displays about Cheltenham: 300 Years a Spa Town in the Paper Store and Friends gallery at The Wilson - open from June 2016.

Red phone boxes, the Promenade, Cheltenham

Open Monday – Wednesday / Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.15pm. Thursday 9.30am – 7.45pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm.
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431