Car Parks will open 45 minutes before the first train leaves Toddington.
Car parking is FREE at both Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse stations; there is a pay-and-display car park at Broadway Station; please note that there will be no parking at Winchcombe station. The biggest car park is at Cheltenham Racecourse station where there are stacks of parking spaces. Both Toddington and Cheltenham are easy to find and access from all directions including the M5 motorway. Use this link for detailed information and directions.
Please look out for the direction signs to car parking at Toddington on the Stow side of the station. There will be no parking in the usual car park in Toddington station yard as this will be in use for stands and exhibits.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway doesn't charge for car parking although if we involve a local charity to help organise car parking, they may ask you for a voluntary donation for the splendid and thankless task of organising cars in the car park instead of enjoying the day.
Free station to station bus link
A free connecting bus will make several trips direct from Cheltenham Spa National Rail station to Cheltenham Racecourse station in the morning and late afternoon of Sat and Sun. Details of the connecting buses can be found on the main gala timetable.
By public transport
If you're travelling by public transport, the best way to get to the railway is by Network Rail to Cheltenham Spa station (services from all over the country) and take the excellent Stagecoach bus service D from the station to 'Racecourse Park & Ride' from where it is a 5-10 minute walk to the station. The bus service runs every 10 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, and every 30 minutes on Sundays. Journey time is 22 minutes, so allow 30 minutes from departing Cheltenham National Rail station to Cheltenham Racecourse GWR station.
There is also an hourly service from Cheltenham Royal Well bus station on the Friday and Saturday to Winchcombe station. The timetable can be found here.
There's more information about reaching the GWR by public transport here.
If you are planning to travel to Cheltenham Spa mainline station by train, please note that works are due to be carried out which may affect your journey. Some trains will be able to use Platform 1 for services to/from Birmingham, Bristol, Swindon or Worcester from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 July but there will be no direct trains running to/from London Paddington or South Wales. Train services at Cheltenham Spa should be back to normal on Saturday 27th July. More details about the impact of the works on train services can be found on the GWR website GWR.com/Gloucester.