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Cheltenham - British Racecourse

The home of Jump Racing.

About Cheltenham Racecourse:

Horse racing began in Cheltenham in 1815, and became a major national attraction after the establishment of the Festival in 1902. The Cheltenham Festival each March provides one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles featuring ten championship events including the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle. In addition to the Festival, Cheltenham also stages twelve other quality days of racing and is a track that suits horses with a combination of guts and stamina. Children aged 18 and under gain free entry to the racecourse for all fixtures except The Festival.

Course details:

The old course is a 1-mile, 4-furlong oval with a 350 yard run-in. The course is left-handed & features nine fences & six hurdles. The fences on the Cheltenham Old Course are particularly challenging with open ditches on the 4th and 6th fences and a water jump on the 3rd fence. Despite the severe undulations on the Old Course it tends to feature a sharp to galloping pace. 

The New Course is a 1-mile, 5-furlong oval with a 220 yard run-in. The course is left-handed and features ten notoriously stiff fences and six hurdles. The 3rd and 5th fences on the Cheltenham New Course are accompanied with open ditches and a water jump is located on the 2nd fence. The course is designed to facilitate extensions for different race lengths, incorporating five additional fences and three additional hurdles. The new course has the same undulating surface as the old track, and encourages racing at a gallop with races over hurdles facilitating the fastest speeds. 

Getting there, directions and parking:

Train - Trains from London to Cheltenham Spa generally run hourly and take about two hours. Trains from Birmingham generally run every half an hour and take about 35 minutes. From Bristol, trains leave every hour and take about 35 minutes. It is a 10 minute taxi ride from the station. 
Classic Hospitality Limited operate a magnificent steam train which travels from Toddington Railway Station directly to the back of the main Grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse enabling racegoers to arrive to the races in style! 

Bus - Stagecoach service D runs every 10 minutes during the day and between 10 minutes and every hour on Monday to Saturday evenings. The service runs hourly on Sundays. For The Festival and The Open the D bus will be rerouted around the course, no stops will be missed.
Service 527 also provides a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout. 

Parking - Parking is free at all meetings except Saturday of The Open and The Festival. On these days limos are charged £50 and coaches are free of charge. Parking for The Festival in £8 in advance and £15 on the day. During The Open it is £4 in advance and £5 on the day. 

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Places to stay nearby:

Strozzi Palace Boutique Hotel Suites (1.5 miles)
55 St George’s Place, Cheltenham, GL50 3LA
Tel: 01242 650 028
Premier Inn Cheltenham North West (1.9 miles)
Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham GL51 9SL, England
Tel: 0871 527 8226

Pubs Nearby:

Royal Oak Inn (1.3 miles)
43 The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL52 3DL
Tel: 01242 522344
London Inn (2.7 miles)
195 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL52 6HU
Tel: 01242 525 606

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