As the Mecca for all national hunt enthusiasts, it is pretty hard to fault any part of the Cheltenham experience.
Of course on the busiest days (i.e. all four days of the newly-expanded Festival in March plus its excellent meetings in November, December and January) it is difficult to get around, buy a drink or bet to a smaller or larger degree, but that should put no one off.
The course is superbly well spread out and is set in the now clichéd "natural amphitheatre" of the surrounding Cleeve Hill, that lends a dramatic backdrop to the excellent action below.
Booking early for both tickets and accommodation is strongly recommended but the nearby city centre is by no means the only place to hole up during a Cheltenham meeting. There are countless places - from the most luxurious to the humble bed and breakfast in the surrounding Cotswolds.
Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH
Tel: 01242 513014 (Office)
Fax: 01242 224227
Course: There are two tracks at the home of National Hunt racing. The Old Course is around a mile-and-a-half long and oval in shape. The New Course is a little longer. Both have stiff fences and a stiff uphill finish.
By Road: The racecourse is approximately one mile north of the town on the A435. It can be reached by exiting the M5 at junctions 9, 10 (southbound only) or 11. AA signs lead to the track. Free parking is available, except during the Festival when it costs £5.
By Rail: To Cheltenham Spa. A return bus service operates between the station and the course.
By Air: Helicopter landing at the course by prior arrangement only.
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