Created By: Cheltenham Local History Society
Architects Robert William and Charles Jearrad built the neo-classical Queens Hotel on the site of the Imperial Spa in 1837-8 at a cost of £47,000. It was named in honour of Queen Victoria, whose coronation occurred shortly after the hotel was completed.
The first lessee was Richard Liddell, who took on more than 120 bedrooms, 30 sleeping apartments for servants, 25 sitting rooms as well as drawing rooms, a billiard room, a ballroom and a coffee room. It was the largest hotel in the country at the time.
The land to the east of the hotel became the stables and yard, which could accommodate 70 horses with their carriages. There was also a smith and a brewery on the site. This area became a commercial garage in 1925. In 1995 the neo-Regency Broad Walk was revived, reflecting the earlier history.
You have now reached the end of your walking tour. Stroll back along the Promenade or enjoy a well-earned rest on one of the park benches or at the Imperial Garden Bar.
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This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Public Gardens of Cheltenham