Around the Square

Interesting features in Imperial Square include:

Town Hall

Cheltenham’s Town Hall, situated within Imperial Gardens, was built at the beginning of the 20th century to provide a venue for concerts and other cultural and social events. Today the Town Hall is still being used for this purpose and is the main venue for the renowned Cheltenham Festivals.


Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst was at the heart of the renaissance in English music during the first half of the 20th century. He was born on 21st September 1874 at 4 Clarence Road in Cheltenham, which is the present Holst Birthplace Museum. Holst wrote that he was grateful for three things in his life: music, friendship and the Cotswold Hills. In 2008 Holst’s statue, a bequest to the Civic Society by Miss Elizabeth Hammond, was unveiled in Imperial Square Gardens.


The Queens Hotel

The Queens Hotel was built on the site of the Sherborne or
Imperial Spa. It was named at the time of Queen Victoria’s Coronation. Among the many distinguished guests who stayed at the Queen’s were the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, the explorer Nansen, Edward Elgar, Arthur Conan Doyle and more recently the comedian Bob Hope. In front of the main entrance to the Hotel is the restored Sebastopol memorial to the Town’s fallen in the Crimean War.


The Broadwalk

The Broadwalk was built at the end of the 20th Century to complete the traditional Regency Square as envisaged by the original planners of the 19th Century.
This painting is by one of The Broadwalk residents.