A Visitor’s Guide to Cheltenham Racecourse
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 holiday.
As one of the most picturesque racecourses in the world, Cheltenham Racecourse attracts visitors from around the world.
An Unforgettable Day Out Just 15 Minutes (7 miles) Drive From The Beckford Inn
After your day out at Cheltenham Racecourse, pay a visit to The Beckford Inn near Tewkesbury, and see what award-winning Butcombe beers we have available before you rest your head in one of our 12 boutique ensuite bedrooms.
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.
Find out more about the history of Cheltenham Racecourse (opens in a new window)
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, the 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 our most affordable option, it probably offers 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. 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.
If you wish to book a guided tour, please contact Cheltenham Racecourse (opens in a new window)
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.
Directions To The Beckford Inn From Cheltenham Racecourse
Located in the beautiful village of Beckford, near Tewkesbury, The Beckford Inn is the perfect place for you to drink, dine, and stay.
To reach The Beckford Inn from Cheltenham Racecourse, head north-west on Southam Lane towards Kayte Lane, then turn right onto Cheltenham Road/A435.
At the roundabout, take the second exit onto the A435, then go through the next two roundabouts. At the following roundabout, take the second exit to stay on the A435.
Then at the final roundabout, take the third exit onto the A46, turn left, and you’ll find The Beckford Inn on your left.