Cheltenham RacecourseCheltenham
Prestbury Park
Cheltenham is primarily a ‘Jumps’ racecourse where spectators are treated to the spectacle of powerful horses hurtling over fences to get to the line first!
Meets are mostly held during the winter months and include major races conducted during the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The racecourse has a scenic location in a natural amphitheatre just below the escarpment of the Cotswolds at Cleeve Hill, with a capacity of 67,500 spectators.
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 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 uphill last seven furlongs to the tape.
There is also a cross-country course which is laid out inside the main racecourse and is used for cross-country steeplechases.
The Centaur
Horseracing is not the only thing that happens at Cheltenham Racecourse. It is also home to 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 and is the venue for the Wychwood Music Festival.
Steeplechasing Hall of Fame
The Centaur is also home to the Steeplechasing Hall of Fame.
Cheltenham Racecourse is undergoing a major upgrade of its facilities including a new grandstand with Royal Box.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1242 513 014  
Telephone   0344 579 3003  Booking Hotline
Getting There
- By Car
The Racecourse website has excellent directions for getting to the Racecourse. Go to  Web:  Visitor Information & parking
- By Heritage Railway
Cheltenham Racecourse is the southern terminus of the preserved Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR). The GWR runs trains from March to the end of December. This is a stand-alone line with no connection to the National Rail network.
Google Maps - Cheltenham Racecourse  

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