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.
Cheltenham Racecourse reviews
Enjoyed the Cheltenham festival for the last 20 odd years. Miss this years been different due to Covid. Attended weddings at the racecourse too. Nice enough more »
I’ve been coming to The Cheltenham Festival since 1979, and have always looked forward to it months in advance. As we all know this year was slightly different ,because not only was their enjoyment... more »
Spent 4 days at the festival. The festival is a spectacle that anybody into racing needs to experience at some point just to savour the fantastic atmosphere and see national hunt racing at its... 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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