The Cheltenham Festival season is upon us and many have already booked their places at the event. However, if you haven’t done so, there’s still room to secure your seat as tickets are still available for all four days. We know getting around may be troublesome for most, especially those who have not travelled to the Cheltenham Festival before. That is why we present you with a guide on how you can move from one race to the other either by car or by public transport. Before we provide you with a few options, let’s look at a brief rundown of how you can buy your tickets for the Cheltenham Festival 2018.
Where and How to Buy Cheltenham Tickets
You can either purchase your Cheltenham tickets at the various outlets in Gloucestershire or you can do so online directly from the Cheltenham Festival official site. The land-based shops in Gloucestershire where you can buy your tickets include The Best Mate Enclosure, Tattersalls Enclosure, Tattersalls Grandstand, Club Enclosure, Guinness Grandstand, and at Restaurant Packages. You are also able to watch from within the Private Box, but you will have to fork out some extra bucks for those seats, which ranges between £145 per person to £6,800 per box for ring view.
Apart from this, there are basically four different tickets for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, not inclusive of the official VIP tickets. The opening day is the Champion Day, which means you have to purchase a Champion Day ticket for Tuesday. Subsequently, for Wednesday, you may purchase the Ladies Day ticket, for Thursday, you can opt for the St Patricks Day ticket and for Friday, you’ll need to purchase the Gold Cup Day ticket.
Travelling by Car
For those who do not prefer using public transport, you can bring along your car to the Festival. You need not worry about parking spots, as there is plenty of space allocated for the masses. The carparks differ depending on your vehicle, but this should not present much of a problem, as there are several signposts to direct you on where you should leave your car once you are at the Prestbury Park. The carparks themselves are colour coded in case you fail to follow all of the signposts. Just remember to park your car facing the same direction you came so as not to cause any delays at the end on your way out.
From London, the Prestbury Park is 2 hours away while those travelling from Birmingham and Bristol will spend an hour driving. Regardless of the direction you are coming from, as you approach Gloucestershire, you should take the A4019, as it leads you into the centre city and from there the signs will direct you until you reach the course.
Travelling by Public Transport
Another way to get to the Festival is to take the train. Commuting in this mode drops you off at the Cheltenham Spa Railway Station. At the station, there are several taxis to take you directly to the Festival entrance. It’s only a 10-minute journey from Cheltenham Spa Railway Station to the Festival Entrance. It’s not yet clear if there will be a second vintage steam train that will take race-goers directly to the Festival, as was the case last year.
Apart from going on a train, the National Express will also devote some of its coaches to ferry race-goers. The company website states that 21 coaches are to pick up patrons from 21 locations across the UK. Those who would like to use the National Express need to buy their tickets online before the Festival starts. The National Express will also return to the various pickup locations at the end of the day, each day.