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Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham

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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.

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.[1] 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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  • Review of Caravan and Motorhome Club site - it's a good view of the course from this medium-sized but well tended site. Easy to get to from the north end of the town. It is a clean and with roomy...  more »
  • If you have a long journey to get to Cheltenham and are looking for somewhere to stay then The Premier Inn North West at postcode GL51 9SL is very comfortable. There is plenty of parking. The rooms...  more »
  • This is the most beautiful NH racecourse on offer and it’s not all about the festival .Try another day less crowds exits after racing much more pleasurable but quality is always there....  more »
  • The home of National Hunt! Brilliant as you know. Although the big meetings are only the for the hard-core. I live here and I love it. I am so lucky. Go see the pyramids. The Effeil tower. Niagara falls. But make some time to come here. November and March!
  • Attended an annual conference here and was very impressed with this modern venue and facilities. Our buffet catering was ample although not a single healthy option on offer, mainly deep fried, pies and stodge, rich desserts so I went through the afternoon very hungry. Staff were excellent.
  • This is a lovely clean place, the racecourse staff keep it spotless.. the security staff are also spot on. We visited in late August in our caravan, it's a great location to visit local tourist spots, some nice on site walks too.. Thank You once again for a lovely stay.. Dave n Jill
  • Absolutely stunning setting. Although not there for the Races but a Conference. Comfortable seating and great auditorium.
  • Nowhere to sit, huge queues at the bars and you are not allowed to take your drink out of the building even though you are using the reusable cup you have to pay for. Too many rules to make it enjoyable and we will not return.

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