With its 600 acres of parks, gardens and open spaces and year-round floral displays Cheltenham has gained the reputation of being ‘The Garden Town of England’. Throughout the year Cheltenham greets both visitors and residents alike with flowers, not only in its public parks but also in many private gardens, shops and pubs with hanging basket decorations.
There are 9 public gardens or parks in Cheltenham, the largest of which is Pittville Park, which incorporates two lakes and a golf course. Together with
Montpellier Gardens and Imperial Gardens these parks were created as ‘pleasure grounds’ attached to the spas. During the 20th century recreation grounds provided by Chelteham Burough Council has been added (14 acre Sandford Park opened in 1927 to which an open-air swimming pool called the Lido was added in 1953).
With 33 hectars, Pittville Park is the largest park in Cheltenham. Opened in 1825 as part of the Pittville Estate, in the vicinity of the Pittville Pump Room, today it provides many leisure and sporting facilities
Although it belongs among the youngest out of Cheltenham parks, Sandford Park has certainly the most stunning flower displays. The river Chelt meanders through this park which offers excellent recreational facilities.