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The Best Things to Do Near Cheltenham Racecourse

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Cheltenham is mainly known for the iconic festival that takes place every March, but it’s so much more than that… which is great news if you are visiting from out of the area to watch the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2024. This is the perfect place to enjoy a gorgeous getaway even after the horse racing action is finished.

Geographically, Cheltenham is a stunning town located in the very heart of Gloucestershire. Beyond the thrill of horse racing, this is perfectly situated for many other incredible experiences –  from cultural attractions to stunning landscapes. So, that being said, here are the top things to do near Cheltenham Racecourse:

Pittville Park

If you are looking for a bit of tranquillity after the excitement of the races, this should be your go-to destination. Just a short distance from Cheltenham Racecourse, you’ll find Pittville Park, which is a stunningly serene oasis that offers a calm and peaceful retreat – and is perfect if the weather is good. 

This impressive park is filled with pretty ornamental lakes, fun walking trails, and beautiful gardens. Get your walking shoes on and take a leisurely stroll, enjoy a boat ride on the lake, or simply relax and take in all the natural beauty. If you are with your family, there are play areas for children and well-stocked cafés to keep them happy. Pittville Park is the perfect spot for both families and anyone who just wants a quiet escape.

The Wilson – Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

If you want a more cultural experience, then head over to The Wilson, which is a fantastic art gallery and museum located right in the town centre. With an impressive collection of art, artefacts, and exhibitions, The Wilson is home to both local and international works. From contemporary art to historical artefacts, this museum can take you on a fascinating journey through Cheltenham’s heritage. 

The Cotswold Hills

The Cotswolds are famed all over the world for their beauty – and people are prepared to travel from far and wide to see the stunning landscapes. So, if you are in the area, it would be crazy to miss out on a picturesque journey through the Cotswold Hills… a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that surrounds Cheltenham. 

The rolling hills, chocolate box villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages are all part of the Cotswolds’ undeniable appeal. Take a drive through the gorgeous Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, and other beautiful villages, grab a coffee and get a real taste of traditional Cotswold life. Explore the local shops, try out a traditional pub lunch, and simply take in the perfect landscapes that make the Cotswolds a world-class destination.

Sudeley Castle and Gardens

Just a short drive from Cheltenham Racecourse is Sudeley Castle, which has centuries of history. This mediaeval castle, surrounded by stunning gardens, gives you an exciting peek into the past. Walk around the historic rooms, check out the fascinating exhibitions, and stroll through the award-winning gardens that are filled with gorgeously coloured flowers. With royal connections, Sudeley Castle offers the perfect experience for history lovers.

Montpellier District

For those who are looking for a blend of sophistication and leisure, the Montpellier district in Cheltenham is perfect. It offers plenty of boutique shops, cafés, and fine dining with elegant Regency architecture, creating a really refined atmosphere. 

With your horse racing winnings, explore the different independent boutiques, check out its unique treasures and try out the culinary delights at the excellent selection of restaurants and cafés. Montpellier is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon of shopping, dining, and simply soaking in the town’s undeniable charm.

There you have it. If you are a horse racing fan heading to Cheltenham for some action and want to extend your stay, you couldn’t pick a better destination. This is a racecourse that is surrounded by some of the most beautiful places, not just in England but in the world. Whether you want to take in the history of Sudeley Castle, the culture of The Wilson, or the sheer beauty of the Cotswold Hills, you’ll be ready to book a return visit… maybe for Cheltenham 2025!


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Dilnaz Shaikh
Dilnaz Shaikh
News and Editorial staff member at The Eastern Herald. Studied journalism in Rajasthan. A climate change warrior publishing content on current affairs, politics, climate, weather, and the planet.

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