The history of Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is the jewel in the crown of the jump racing calendar in the UK, with prize money second only to that of the Grand National. Held in March, often coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day, the Cheltenham Festival attracts many thousands of Irish trainers, owners and spectators.

Grade one races during the 4 day festival include: the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Champion Hurdle and the World Hurdle.

Famous for its incredible atmosphere, the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ refers to the enormous amount of noise that the crowd generates as the starter raises the flag for the first race of the Festival.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup was established in 1924, with the Champion Hurdle being introduced in 1927.

Until 2005 the Cheltenham Festival was held over 3 days but extended to 4, meaning there would be one championship race on each day. The climax of the event is the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the last day.

The Foxhunters’ race is also held on the Friday over the Gold Cup course and is referred to as the ‘amateur’s Gold Cup.’

Most of the horses competing at Cheltenham are Irish or UK trained, although French horses are also known to do well.

Almost 250,000 racegoers and £250 million is gambled during the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham and the Cotswolds are one of the most visited regions in the UK. Aside from the racing visitors will find a wealth of other attractions including stunning countryside, walking trails, excellent restaurants and pubs, parks, stately homes and quirky shops within easy reach of Cheltenham Racecourse.

Whether you are planning a corporate trip or a family get together combined with a trip to the Festival, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to self-catering accommodation in Cheltenham. From Edwardian homes to manor houses in the Cotswolds and Regency apartments in Cheltenham, you will find a wide range of self-catering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

If you are planning to book a break in Cheltenham or the Cotswolds, choose from a wide range of luxury Cheltenham Festival accommodation rentals close to the town’s main attractions.