If you’re going to the event itself, betting on-course is probably the best way to bet during the festival and is enjoyed by hundreds of people each year. With around 200 bookmakers present on course on any day during the Festival there is certainly no shortage of choice. This allows you to compare prices from bookmaker to bookmaker although they will generally be pretty consistent across the course.
One thing to keep in mind with on-course betting is the fact that you’re only able to bet on singles selections as the bookie will usually only price up the race in question. This means that you won’t be able to place an accumulator or lucky 15 bet when using the on-course bookmakers.
Regardless betting on course is still an enjoyable method of betting at the Cheltenham Festival as there's something incredibly satisfying about placing a cash bet, getting your ticket printed and then returning after the race to collect your winnings if your chosen horse has prevailed.
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that you will only be able to bet with the main on course bookmakers using cash. Card payments will generally not be accepted so it may be advisable to take cash out before attending the festival. There will be cash machines on-site to use but there will be a fee per withdrawal.