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Tickets (0044 8445 793003; uk) can be bought in advance or on arrival for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; they cost £25 (€28) for Best Mate Enclosure, £40 (€45) for Tattersalls Enclosure and £75 (€85) for the Club Enclosure.
Festival Friday (Gold Cup day) is slightly more expensive and must be booked in advance, though two-day tickets can be purchased online, offering some savings.
By bus (0044 8705 808 080, nationalexpress.com), journeys from Birmingham and Bristol can take up to three hours (with connections) and are priced at £13 (€15) one-way.
By train (0044 8457 484 950, uk), allow 1hr 30mins for a journey (with connections) costing £15-£19 (€17-€22).
If yours is one of misfortune, cash points can be found in the Hall of Fame, near the Paddock and Best Mate Enclosure.Beaumont House (00441242 223311; uk) is a fine boutique guesthouse on Shurdington Road and the Strozzi Palace (0044 1242 580004; uk) is a six-suite apart-hotel on St. Beyond Cheltenham, Cotswolds Finest Hotels (cotswoldsfinesthotels.com) is a consortium of 18 independent properties in the idyllic Cotswolds region.The best include Thornbury Castle (0044 1454 281182; uk) with rooms from £195 (€220) and Cotswolds88hotel (0044 1452 813688; cotswolds88hotel.com) with rooms from £200 (€225).Friday hosts the crown jewel of the Jump season -- the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.Last year, Denman led Kauto Star and Neptune Collognes home in a Paul Nicholls-trained 1-2-3, and he'll be looking to add his name to the all-time legends in 2009.
Best of the Races Tuesday's highlight is the two-mile Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle.