Cheltenham made its name in the late 18th century as a spa destination – resulting from the discovery of the only saline cold water spring in the country. The town was changed forever in the early 18th century when local people noticed pigeons pecking at salt deposits by a spring south of the town. People began to drink the water believing it would heal all kinds of illnesses, and before long it was being sold to locals and visitors. You can still taste the water from this spring at the Pittville Pump Room, on our Pittville tour in this genteel and elegant English town.

Find out more about the springs on our Cheltenham tour. Click here for more information