How to find the Friends Meeting House in Cheltenham
The Cheltenham Friends Meeting House is within easy walking
distance of the town centre. It is on the north side of
the dual-carriageway Fairview Road / St Margaret’s Road.
The Meeting House entrance is in
Warwick Place (east off Portland Street), a small
cul-de-sac (not always shown well on street maps of
Cheltenham). There is pedestrian access
at the west end of Warwick Place from the junction of
Winchcombe Street and Fairview Road. There
are several steps up to the Meeting House front door, but a side
gate to the right of the building gives access to the courtyard for
bicycle parking and thence via a ramp inside for wheelchairs. Disabled
badge holders may park in Warwick Place.
The Portland Street car park is pay-and-display 7
days a week.
Streets in the
immediate area are mostly either no-parking or residents-only parking.
TRAVEL BY CAR:
The road system in Cheltenham is quite complex, and it is
difficult to give universally applicable instructions. Coming to
Cheltenham from most directions, simply following signs for the town
centre should get you quite close to the Meeting House, but your initial
approach may be on the other side of the central pedestrian area, which is
skirted by the inner ring road system. That route is mostly one-way
clockwise around the centre and passes through
Clarence Street and Albion Street on the adjacent map.
In addition to the one-way traffic directions indicated by arrows
on the map, note that Portland Street, north of St Margaret’s Road,
has a contraflow bus & cycle lane southbound. The Portland Street
car park has exits and entrances on both Portland Street and North Place.
Note that M5 junction 10 has access only to and from the north;
traffic coming from the south should exit for Cheltenham at junction 11.
If you are not familiar with Cheltenham, we recommend that you
click here for the Streetmap web page of the area
around the Meeting House.
From there you can zoom out to maps
of the surrounding area.
TRAVEL BY BUS:
The local bus service is sparse on Sunday, but a “D”
bus from Bishops Cleeve usually passes southbound through
Portland Street just before 10:30. Other buses
operate in various directions to and from stops in Pittville Street
(adjacent to the side door of M&S)
and Clarence Street (bottom left corner
of the map above).
Click here for the map
of local Stagecoach bus services.
Click here for more bus information
The long-distance coach station where several National Express services
stop, is in Royal Well Road, a
one-way street. Walking northeastwards along it (ie the same
direction as the traffic flow) will take you via Clarence Parade
to traffic lights at the T-junction with Clarence Street. Turn
right and follow Clarence Street around a bend to the left and
onto the map above. Allow about 10 minutes to walk to the Meeting
House from the coach station.
TRAVEL BY RAIL:
The rail station is Cheltenham Spa, well outside the town
centre on Gloucester Road. The D bus stop for the town centre
is on the station forecourt at the exit to the car park. On Sundays the
most suitable currently-scheduled bus for getting to Meeting for Worship leaves
the Station at 09:50 and stops at Clarence Street (see above) at 10:00.
Click here for a Streetmap street plan centred on the Rail station area.
IF YOU GET LOST:
Should you need to seek directions from local people, it’s useful
to know that some nearby sites and businesses
may be better-known than the Meeting House itself.
The Meeting House is adjacent to the multi-storey Millennium Plaza Flats (built
on the site of the former Millennium Restaurant),
and across the dual-carrigeway road are M (Morrisons) Local,
Maplin electronics, and PamPurred Pets. Round the corner on Winchcombe Street
is the Paint-it-yourself Pottery Co.
Click here to view a map of the Cheltenham area,
provided by Streetmap.
Pictures of the Meeting House
Cheltenham Quaker Meeting home page
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