Whether you’re visiting for a day at the races, a festival or to see your favourite band or comedian, Cheltenham Racecourse certainly makes for a memorable day trip during your Cotswolds trip.
Our wonderful Cotswold hotels are ideally located to rest your head after an adrenaline-packed day at Cheltenham Racecourse. Treat yourself at our on-site restaurants serving delicious meals, paired with our award-winning Butcombe beers.
Places To Stay Near Cheltenham Racecourse
As one of the most picturesque racecourses in the country and home to the world-famous Gold Cup, Cheltenham Racecourse attracts visitors from across the globe. Once you’re done for the day, our range of nearby boutique hotels are the perfect place to stay the night with cosy beds, family rooms and excellent breakfasts.
The Beckford Inn
The Beckford Inn is a beautiful and newly refurbished 19th-century Cotswold pub and hotel in the village of Beckford, near Tewkesbury. With 12 boutique bedrooms full of comfy furnishings and personal touches, we offer the ideal base for visiting Cheltenham Racecourse, as well as offering easy access to Stratford-upon-Avon and the M5. Inside, you’ll find cosy interiors, stone floors, open fires and an open-plan restaurant space where you can enjoy a delicious meal. Outside, you can relax in our spacious beer garden with a pint of our award-winning Butcombe ale.
The Prince Of Burford
The Prince Of Burford is a traditional pub and hotel converted from an 18th-century coaching inn, located in Burford on the edge of the Cotswold hills. We have 16 charming and comfortable ensuite rooms with dog-friendly and family-friendly options available, offering the ideal base for exploring Cheltenham Racecourse, the Oxfordshire countryside and historic Oxford. On the menu, our focus is locally sourced seasonal dishes and exciting takes on pub classics, with a cracking selection of award-winning Butcombe beer, cocktails and wines behind the bar.
The Fleet Inn
Welcome to The Fleet Inn, in Twyning, near Tewkesbury. We are a riverside pub, hotel, and restaurant with a history dating back to the 1800s, three boutique bedrooms, a huge beer garden, and heated pergola terrace. We’re close to Cheltenham Racecourse, Tewkesbury and other famous Cotswold attractions. On the pub menu, our focus is locally sourced produce, seasonal ingredients and pub classics, while behind the bar, we offer a wide range of real ale, craft beer, lager and cider from our award-winning brewery, Butcombe, and a cocktail menu with all the classics.
A Day Out At Cheltenham Racecourse
While hundreds of thousands of racegoers descend on Cheltenham for the Gold Cup extravaganza, it is a must-see attraction at any time of the year.
The History Of Cheltenham Racecourse
Did you know that Cheltenham has a horse racing history dating back to 1815, when they hosted their first flat horse race?
However, the racecourse as we know it was constructed between the 1930s and 50s, and now plays host to hundreds of thousands of jump racing fans each year.
Enclosures At Cheltenham Racecourse
The three enclosures – Club, Tattersalls and Best Mate – each offer different views of the racecourse.
The Club Enclosure is the premium choice, offering spectacular views of the paddock, Hall of Fame, Princess Royal Stand and The Shopping Village.
Tattersalls Enclosure offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal in the Parade Ring with the runners and riders, while also providing a large number of food & drink options (more on that below!)
Best Mate Enclosure is positioned opposite the main Grandstand and, although it is the most affordable option, it offers arguably the finest atmosphere of all.
Food & Drink At Cheltenham Racecourse
There are a number of options at Cheltenham Racecourse to quench your thirst and stave off those hunger pangs.
The Club Enclosure offers the largest variety of food & drink options at Cheltenham Racecourse. Here you will find Mandarin Kitchen, Golden Miller Champagne Bar, Tommy Atkins Bar and the famous Garden Bar.
Centaur Bar, Winged Ox Bar and Terrace, See You Then Bar and many others can all be found within the Tattersalls Enclosure, while The Princess Royal Stand boasts Big Buck’s Champagne Bar, Vestey Bar and the Annual Member’s Bar.
Dress Code At Cheltenham Racecourse
Although Cheltenham Racecourse doesn’t have a set dress code, it is always a safe option to dress up rather than down.
As with most race meetings, a lot of elaborate outfits and hats will be seen in all areas, so how you dress depends entirely on how comfortable you feel.
The majority of gentlemen will wear suits, while ladies will most often be seen in their finest cocktail dress.
Guided Tours At Cheltenham Racecourse
Available on non-race days, a guided tour of Cheltenham Racecourse includes behind-the-scenes access to the racecourse, stables, executive boxes and grandstand.
Visitors will experience everything that Cheltenham Racecourse has to offer, with additional information provided by the official Racecourse Tour Guide.
The Shopping Village At Cheltenham Racecourse
On each and every raceday at Cheltenham Racecourse, The Shopping Village comes to life.
Offering a diverse range of goods from independent sellers, there is always an opportunity to grab something rare.
With over 70 trade stands on offer, The Shopping Village should have something for everyone, regardless of their taste or budget.