Where is the Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse

Where is the Cheltenham Festival?

Thinking of heading to the Cheltenham Festival in 2019 for a four day bonanza? Champion Day, Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Thursday or Gold Cup Day, any day is filled with revelry that should not be missed this year.

If you’re struggling for directions to Cheltenham Racecourse then worry no more. Our handy little guide will help put you ease:

By Road

Customers are advised to follow the yellow, temporary signs when entering Cheltenham and the local area and not the brown permanent signs.

Driving from London to Cheltenham takes around 2 hrs and an hour from Birmingham and Bristol.

Directions from the M5 heading north:

Exit the M5 at Junction 11:

Follow the A40 towards Cheltenham. At the first roundabout (Arle Court) take the third exit. At the second roundabout take the first exit following signs to Cheltenham Racecourse (Princess Elizabeth Way). Continue to follow signs for Bishops Cleeve and Park & Ride. At the PC World/McDonalds roundabout, take the second exit towards Bishops Cleeve.

Follow the below directions.

Directions from the M5 heading south:

Exit the M5 at Junction 10.

Follow the A4019 towards Cheltenham.
Sainsbury’s, Homebase, Broughton’s and Cotswold BMW are on your left.
At the McDonalds roundabout, turn left heading towards Bishops Cleeve.
At the double roundabout head straight across.

Follow the below directions

Take the second turning on the right (Swindon Lane) over the level crossing.
Head straight across the next two roundabouts.
At the third roundabout take the second exit to the racecourse.
Follow the access road to the racecourse passing The Centaur on your right.
At the top of the hill turn right into the members car park (reserved spaces). Please park in the members car park and follow signs for the Hall of Fame, report to the conference and events office or the racecourse reception.

Pick up and Drop off

For The Festival, the pick up and drop off area can be found at the bottom of the West Car Park. Please follow the signage. This is about a 5 minute walk from the gates.

By Rail

Trains from London to Cheltenham Spa generally run hourly and take about two hours. Trains from Birmingham generally run every half an hour and take about 35 minutes. From Bristol, trains leave every hour and take about 35 minutes. It is a 10 minute tax ride from the station

By Bus

From Cheltenham

Stagecoach service D runs every 10 minutes during the day and between 10 minutes and every hour on Monday to Saturday evenings. The service runs hourly on Sundays.

Service 527 also provides a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout.

At The Festival and The Open a shuttle bus service will be operating, picking up at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and outside WH Smith in the centre of town before dropping off at the Racecourse. Return buses pick up from the Racecourse with stops at Pittville Street and then the Station.

  • Return from Station – £5
  • Single from Station – £3
  • Single from Town – £2.50
  • Single from Racecourse – £2.50

Experience all the action at the Cheltenham Festival. Don’t miss out on our first-class hospitality packages.

Make it a day to remember with one of the many hospitality packages we have on offer.

The Silks Restaurant is ready for you to enjoy a day of constant entertainment whilst feeling like a VIP. No matter the day, you will be gifted with a complimentary bar for the whole day and a champagne reception. It is a hospitality that you cannot miss out on. This is your chance to experience the greatest jump racing events of 2019.

Don’t miss a moment of the Cheltenham Festival action thanks to the spectacular panoramic views of the racecourse, Cleeve Hills and the finishing straight.