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.
Many of our Cotswold pubs are nearby, where you can sample our impressive range of award-winning Butcombe beers and re-fuel with a satisfying classic pub meal made with local ingredients.
Pubs And Inns 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, stop by one of our lovely Cotswold pubs and enjoy a pint of our award-winning Butcombe beer. If you’re feeling hungry, try one of the delicious meals, crafted with locally-sourced ingredients.
The Bear Inn
In the heart of the historic market town of Cirencester, you’ll find The Bear Inn, home to hand-pulled beers and ales, locally-sourced modern twists on pub classics and a beautiful beer garden. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick pint, short snack, or something more substantial before or after your trip to Cheltenham Racecourse, you’ll find your favourite classic pub dish at The Bear Inn.
The Beckford Inn
For excellent beer, excellent food, and friendly, welcoming staff, close to the Cotswolds and Cheltenham, you can’t do much better than The Beckford Inn.
Before (or after) your trip to Cheltenham Racecourse, treat yourself to your favourite pub meal, enjoy a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe beer in the beautiful beer garden, and relax in a rustic setting at The Beckford Inn.
Catch the big game with a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe beer at The Beehive in Carterton, close to Oxford and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Relax in the beautiful beer garden, sample the menu full of pub favourites, and bring your four-legged friend with you – everyone’s welcome at The Beehive! What’s more, we’re located just 35 minutes from the fun and adventure at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The Prince Of Burford
The perfect base for exploring the Cotswold countryside, the Prince Of Burford is a quintessentially British pub, complete with a cracking selection of award-winning Butcombe beers behind the bar and a menu full of delicious, locally-sourced classic pub meals. If you’re feeling thirsty after a day at Cheltenham Racecourse, we’ve got the perfect pint for you here.
If you’re looking for a riverside pub close to the Malvern Hills, Wye Valley, and Cotswolds Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’re in the right place at The Fleet Inn.
Expect a relaxing place for a pint, with an excellent menu of modern pub dishes, comfortable rooms, and a range of Butcombe beers to choose from – perfect before (or after) a day at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The Frog & Fiddle
Offering cocktails, local ciders, wines, premium spirits, and an unbeatable selection of Butcombe beers and real ales, The Frog and Fiddle is a favourite of locals and visitors alike. With live sports for the big game, plenty of pub games, an intimate courtyard area and regular live music nights, our town centre pub has all the ingredients for a memorable evening. If that wasn’t enough, Cheltenham Racecourse is just over a mile away!
The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak pub in Prestbury is located near Cheltenham town centre and just a mile away from Cheltenham Racecourse. Sit back and relax with a pint of award-winning Butcombe beer and a delicious, locally-sourced classic pub meal in a traditional old-world British pub – great food, great beer, and a great atmosphere… what more could you want?
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.