Cheltenham Racecourse at Prestbury Park, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, hosts National Hunt horse racing. Its most prestigious meeting is the Cheltenham Festival, held in March, which features several Grade I races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Ryanair Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle.Using our world travel planner, Cheltenham attractions like Cheltenham Racecourse can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
The racecourse has a scenic location in a natural amphitheatre, just below the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills at Cleeve Hill, with a capacity of 67,500 spectators. Cheltenham Racecourse railway station no longer connects to the national rail network, but is the southern terminus of the preserved Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.
The main racecourse has two separate courses alongside each other, the Old Course and the New Course. The New Course has a tricky downhill fence and a longer run-in for steeplechases than the Old Course. Hurdle races over two miles on the New Course also have a slight peculiarity in that most of the hurdles are jumped early on in the race with only two hurdles being jumped in the last seven furlongs. The Old Course is the racecourse used for The Showcase, The November Meeting and the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival. There is also a cross-country course which is laid out inside the main racecourse and is used for cross-country steeplechases.
The racecourse is the home of The Centaur, one of the largest auditoria in the South West of England. This multiple-use complex seats over 2,000 people for conferences and around 4,000 standing for concerts. It is also home to the Steeplechasing Hall of Fame. From 1999 to 2013, the racecourse was the venue for the annual Greenbelt festival and remains the venue for the Wychwood Music Festival. The University of Gloucestershire holds its graduation ceremony and summer ball at the racecourse.
From 2008, the racecourse and The Jockey Club were in talks with Cheltenham Town F.C. about a possible move to the racecourse. This would have meant the building of a new stadium with a double-sided stand, one side in the stadium and the other for watching the races. In 2011, Cheltenham Town F.C. decided against the move for financial reasons.
In 2015, Cheltenham Racecourse opened the £45m 6,500-capacity Princess Royal Stand, which completed the redevelopment of the course.
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a day at the races for prize winning buyers from famouslordhillmuseum shropshire ebays jewel in the crown our party went to watch races dine and drink champagne it all went fine all day and into...
a day at the races for prize winning buyers from famouslordhillmuseum shropshire ebays jewel in the crown our party went to watch races dine and drink champagne it all went fine all day and into... more »
I first visited the Festival in 1981, and the only years I've missed since then were due to foot and mouth disease and covid. The racing and atmosphere is unrivalled, but the way the racecourse milk.... more
I first visited the Festival in 1981, and the only years I've missed since then were due to foot and mouth disease and covid. The racing and atmosphere is unrivalled, but the way the racecourse milk.... more »
Fabulous day at the races. Invited into a box, was amazing, service, food and drinks delightful. Service from waitresses efficient and very friendly, nothing too much trouble. Great view from the stands. Racecourse well maintained and racecard ran very smoothly. Thank you for a memorable day. Will be back and recommend 😁
Poor consideration for disabled patrons and poor disabled parking – be prepared to walk up a hill to the venue. Not very aware of the acts they book. Recently went to see Jack Savoretti and being disabled booked an aisle seat and near to the stage as my eyesight is poor. The last 30 minutes of the show people were allowed to dance in all aisles and in front of the stage, which then got very congested, with everyone making their way to the stage. People had to stand up by their seats so they could see the stage. This meant I was unable to see any more of the show, as I’m not able to stand for more than a few minutes, so I was just surrounded by people dancing, which was quite scary. Many people were drunk when dancing and falling around - someone stood on my foot and a woman, who was very drunk, fell backwards onto a lady in the front row who had her arm in a sling! Perhaps if people are going to be allowed to dance an area should be allocated to avoid injuries and so that people can actually see the show that they have paid to see – or have raised seating in the stalls. The whole evening was then ruined and very disappointing, good job the tickets weren’t expensive. Another venue that isn’t worth a visit if you’re disabled. They hold a Christmas Fair and this is impossible to get around in a wheelchair – it’s too crowded and you can’t get near the stalls and many are too high to be able to see anything - similar to problems in the shops, counters too high, not enough room for wheelchairs or pushchairs to get around. It’s about time all fairs held an afternoon just for disabled patrons, so they can get around easily, preferably in a one-way system, and be able to see the goods on sale. Although you’re not excluded, obviously disabled people know it’s too difficult to fight against the crowds, so you end up being excluded and this is the 21st century!
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