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10 – 13 March 2020

What to expect at Cheltenham Festival

Enjoy the very best of Jump racing at the Cheltenham races. It’s a fun, exciting and popular event taking place over four days. There’s plenty going on, including:

  • Champion Day – the first day of the festival featuring one of the most important races of the season – the Champion Hurdle
  • Ladies Day – a chance for the ladies to dress up and watch the races in their finest clothes
  • St Patrick’s Thursday – celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style with plenty of horse racing and a trip to the Guinness Village
  • Gold Cup Day – the most exciting day of the year. Don’t miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Stay a while

Once you’re here, there’s no reason to race away. Visit the historic spa town of Cheltenham itself and enjoy a range of parks, galleries, and other cultural delights as well as great food and shopping. Find out more about what Cheltenham has to offer here.


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Location details

Cheltenham Festival

Evesham Rd, 
GL50 4SH

How do I get to Cheltenham Racecourse?

The nearest station is Cheltenham Spa. There is another station at the racecourse but this is a tourist attraction and not part of the general network.

Cheltenham Spa is just 3 miles from Cheltenham Racecourse. During the festival, a shuttle bus will run to and from the races.

Trains run from other parts of the country too, but may not go directly to Cheltenham Spa.

How do I get from the station to the festival?

A shuttle bus service will be running between Cheltenham Spa and Cheltenham Racecourse via the town centre. You can buy bus tickets for £5.50 when you arrive at the station. The last shuttle to the racecourse leaves at 13:15.

A taxi from Cheltenham Spa to the racecourse takes about 10 minutes.

Feeling active? Then why not walk or cycle along the Honeybourne Line to the festival.

Where can I park?

Cheltenham Spa car park will be shut from Friday 6 March (evening) and reopens on Monday 16 March.

There will be no on-street parking close to the station. Parking can be found at Arle Court Park & Ride or the NCP Brewery car park.

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