Cheltenham Racecourse

One of the UK’s premier racecourses and considered the home of jump racing, Cheltenham Racecourse makes a great day out from The King’s Arms.

A Thrilling Day Out At The Races

If you’re looking for the perfect base from which to explore, then look no further than The King’s Arms. Located just 18 miles away from the historic centre of Bath, our pub and inn offers sumptuous en-suite bedrooms, delicious drinks and a mouthwatering pub menu.

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF Cheltenham Racecourse

It is one of the most prestigious and iconic racecourses in the world, particularly famous for hosting the Cheltenham Festival, an annual event that is a highlight of the National Hunt racing calendar.

The Cheltenham Festival typically takes place over four days in March and features a series of high-profile races, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, and the Stayers’ Hurdle. These races attract top horses, trainers, and jockeys from around the world, making it a significant event in the racing community.

Cheltenham Racecourse is known for its challenging and undulating course layout, with a particular emphasis on jumps racing. The track’s testing nature adds an extra layer of excitement and difficulty for both horses and jockeys. The racecourse has a long history, dating back to the early 19th century, and has maintained its reputation as a premier venue for horse racing enthusiasts.

Enclosures at Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse offers three distinct enclosures, each providing a unique perspective of the racing action.

The Club Enclosure is the epitome of luxury, granting breathtaking views of the paddock, Hall of Fame, Princess Royal Stand, and The Shopping Village.

In the Tattersalls Enclosure, you can get up close and personal in the Parade Ring with the runners and riders, all while enjoying a wide array of food and drink options (more on that below!).

The Best Mate Enclosure, positioned opposite the main Grandstand, offers an exceptional atmosphere and is the most budget-friendly choice.

Food & Drink Delights at Cheltenham Racecourse

When it comes to satisfying your cravings and quenching your thirst at Cheltenham Racecourse, you’re in for a treat.

The Club Enclosure boasts the most extensive selection of food and drink options, featuring renowned spots like the Mandarin Kitchen, Golden Miller Champagne Bar, Tommy Atkins Bar, and the famous Garden Bar.

In the Tattersalls Enclosure, you’ll find an array of options, including the Centaur Bar, Winged Ox Bar and Terrace, and the See You Then Bar. Meanwhile, The Princess Royal Stand offers the Big Buck’s Champagne Bar, Vestey Bar, and the Annual Member’s Bar.

Dress Code: Dress to Impress at Cheltenham Racecourse

While Cheltenham Racecourse doesn’t impose a specific dress code, dressing up rather than down is always a wise choice.

Like most race meetings, you’ll encounter a sea of elegant outfits and eye-catching hats in every corner. Your attire should reflect your comfort and style. Typically, gentlemen opt for suits, while ladies often don their finest cocktail dresses.

Guided Tours

On non-race days, you have the opportunity to embark on a guided tour of Cheltenham Racecourse, providing you with an exclusive look behind the scenes. This immersive experience includes access to the racecourse, stables, executive boxes, and grandstand, all accompanied by insights from the official Racecourse Tour Guide.

The Shopping Village: A Treasure Trove of Delights

Every raceday at Cheltenham Racecourse brings The Shopping Village to life, offering a diverse array of goods from independent vendors. Here, you can unearth unique treasures to your heart’s content.

With over 70 trade stands to peruse, The Shopping Village caters to all tastes and budgets, ensuring there’s something for everyone to discover.


The King’s Arms is approximately 52 minutes from Cheltenham Racecourse.

Head south-east towards New Barn Lane/B4075

Exit the roundabout onto Swindon Lane

At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Swindon Lane

At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Windyridge Road

After half a mile turn right onto Swindon Road

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kingsditch Lane

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Princess Elizabeth Way

In approximately one mile turn left onto Princess Elizabeth Way/A4013

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Gloucester Road/A40

At Arle Court Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A40

Use the left lane to take the M5 slip road to The Midlands

At Golden Valley Junction, take the 1st exit onto the M5 slip road to Bristol/Stroud

Merge onto M5 and stay on the M5 for approximately 12 miles

At junction 13, take the A419 exit to Stroud/Dursley

At Stroudwater Interchange, take the 1st exit onto A419

At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Spring Hill

Continue onto Alkerton Road

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Bath Road

Continue onto Frocester Hill

Continue onto Cotswold Way

Cotswold Way turns slightly left and becomes Bath Road

Continue onto B4058 for half a mile

Turn left and proceed for half a mile

Make a slight left onto A4135 for a mile

Turn right for another mile

Turn right onto A46 for 4 miles

Turn left at Starveal Lane

Turn left onto A433 and after half a mile the pub will be on the left