The natural amphitheatre proves a real test to thoroughbreds
Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural amphitheatre. However, it's the undulations of the course, the test of the fences and hurdles and the fight to the finish up the legendary Cheltenham Hill that combine to test the true strength of any thoroughbred racehorse and rider.
Cheltenham's Racecourse Map illustrates a general layout of the racecourse facilities; there may be changes on specific racedays - please refer to the racecard for full details of activities for the day.
THE NEW COURSE
- Click here to view The New Course map, used each season for The International, New Year's Day, Festival Trials Day, and The April Meeting.
- Click here to view The New Course map, used on the 3rd and 4th days of The Festival.
THE OLD COURSE
- Click here to view The Old Course map, used at The Showcase, The November Meeting, and the first two days of The Festival.
THE CROSS COUNTRY STEEPLECHASE COURSE
- Click here to view The Cross Country Steeplechase Course Map for The November Meeting and day two of The Festival.
- Click here to view The Cross Country Steeplechase Course Map for The International.
The Cross Country Steeplechases are a rarity in British sport - a unique set of races not duplicated anywhere else in the UK.
Cross Country racing was introduced to Cheltenham in 1985 with the advent of Sunday racing. Since then, two more races over Cheltenham's twisting and turning course of banks, ditches and rails, have been added, with the latest obstacle, 'the cheese wedges', only in use since November 2009.
The Glenfarclas Series includes qualifying events in Ireland at Punchestown, in France at Pau and the three Cheltenham events in November, December and March, and rewards any competitor running in all three countries in any nominated race with double prize money at the Festival.