The Ultimate Gold Cup guide

Everything you need to know

Our ultimate guide to Cheltenham race week provides you with everything that you need to know about the festival

Cheltenham Festival, also referred to as Gold Cup Week, is one of the largest sporting events in the UK.

The Festival sees tens of thousands gather at Cheltenham Racecourse to watch one of the most prolific events in the horse racing calendar. It is for both avid horse racing fans and novices alike as it is as much about the atmosphere as the sport itself.

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Cheltenham Festival is renowned for its distinctive fashion; it’s so distinctive in fact, that fashion is often reported on throughout the event by the media.


Ladies’ Day in particular, gets a lot of attention, as women attendees often wear flamboyant fascinators.


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There are several food and drink options at Cheltenham Racecourse, but the options do not end there, as many attendees choose to attend brunch before the event or to go out into Cheltenham town centre to celebrate in the evening.

Race week celebrations are so prolific that they are a large contribution to the local economy.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival is one of the biggest sporting events in the UK and can sell out, so if you are interested in booking it’s important to book sooner than later.


There are three ticket types and given that the festival is four days long, and you can book one day or all of them, there are a couple of decisions to make.


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Due to the popularity of the Cheltenham Festival, there is high demand for accommodation in Cheltenham.

You can choose to either stay close to Cheltenham Racecourse, stay close to town for evening celebrations, or stay out of the way and commute in instead.

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The good news for those travelling to Cheltenham for the festival is that Cheltenham is an easily accessible part of the country.


Cheltenham is not only connected to the M5, but it also has a bus station, a popular drop-off point connected to popular train stations.


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