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Mini guide to Badminton


Badminton is a small town nestled in the southwest of the Cotswolds on the Avon-Gloucester border. It lies just off the M4 about 15 miles east of Bristol.

Badminton has an equestrian history. Before the outlawing of hunting with hounds it was home to the Beaufort Hunt, one of the largest and most famous hunts in the country. Every April Badminton House, the Duke of Beaufort's impressive mansion set in 15,000 acres of grounds, becomes home to the world famous Badminton Horse Trials, a three-day event.

As the name suggests, this is a three-day competition consisting of a different riding discipline each day. The first day is dressage, where the horses demonstrate elegance, accuracy and discipline in front of the judges, while the second day is a 12 mile cross country ride with several artificial jumps and on the final day the horses have to complete a show jumping course. Badminton is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian events in the UK, as well as being ranked as one of the five toughest three-day events in the world.

Badminton can be reached by car from London by following the M4 to Bristol and exiting at junction 18, a journey of approximately 120 miles, while visitors driving from Birmingham can take the A38, A456, M5 and M4, a 90-mile journey. Regular rail services run from London's Paddington Station to Bristol Temple Meades Station, from where you can catch a local Wessex train to Badminton Station. National Express coaches run from London to Bristol, from where you ca catch a local bus or train to Badminton. The closest airport to Badminton is at Bristol.

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