Directions & Parking

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH

Cheltenham Racecourse is located in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside in a picturesque natural amphitheatre.


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. Further details can be found here.

Service 527 also provides a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout. For local Stagecoach information please call 0870 6082608.

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

National Express offer dedicated services to Cheltenham Festival from 21 locations across the UK. With fares from £21.00 return, the coach will get you to The Festival with plenty of time to place your bets and won’t depart until all the races have finished. Please follow the below link to see the services.
National Express services can be found here

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 Air

Birmingham and Bristol airports provide flights to many national and international destinations. Gloucestershire Airport is in Staverton at junction 11 of the M5 and can schedule private flights.There is a helipad at the racecourse.

The walking route from the station is well maintained and easy to follow, taking approximately 40 minutes. The route is predominantly traffic free along a shared cycleway/footway.


Parking is free at all of our meetings except Saturday of The Open and The Festival. 

Traffic to the site can build up at peak times, and therefore we would advise you to arrive early to avoid the traffic. In addition, especially at the major meetings the traffic exiting the course can also build up, so please do be aware of this when making travel arrangements. 

Nearer the racecourse, you'll find temporary yellow signage directing you to the nearest available car park. Please use this signage and not the brown signs on the regular Highways Agency sign posts. 

The racecourse has two “fast charge” electric vehicle charging points located near the Hall of Fame entrance.  These are operated under the Polar scheme, more information about the Polar Charging Network can be found here.  Access can be restricted at some race meetings so please check availability of the charge points in advance. 

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