Full List of UK Racecourses in Alphabetical Order

list of uk racecourses

The UK has a fantastic range of racecourses that span the entire country. Our alphabetical list of UK racecourses covers all 59 horse racing venues that host some of the biggest horse racing events in the world.

The UK’s horse racing tracks are made up of 19 flat courses, 24 jump courses and 16 mixed. From well-known horse racing venues such as Aintree to more quaint racecourses in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England, we’ve got the full guide of where to visit next. 

The Biggest Racecourse in the UK

Working by the capacity of spectators, Epsom Downs Racecourse comes in as the biggest racecourse in the UK with a capacity of 120,000. This also makes it the 6th largest in the world, in comparison, Tokyo Racecourse comes in as the largest with a capacity of 223,000. Epsom Downs is located on the North Downs and has such a large capacity due to the general public being able to watch from the Downs free of charge. 

The second-biggest racecourse in the UK is Ascot Racecourse with a capacity of 75,000, followed by Cheltenham Racecourse at 67,500, then Hamilton Park Racecourse at 65,000 and York Racecourse at 56,000. All other horse racing venues in the UK have a capacity below 40,000. 

The Biggest Racecourse in Wales

There are just three racecourses in Wales, but that doesn’t stop there being around 64 race meets in Wales every year! The largest of the three tracks is Chepstow Racecourse in Monmouthshire, with a capacity of 20,000. Chepstow is most famous for holding the Welsh Grand National every year and is a 270-acre course with its first-ever race held in 1926.

Among the racecourses in Wales, you’ll also find the Bangor-on-Dee racecourse in Wrexham. Since its first opening in 1859, this racecourse has remained very telling to its roots with little change and is the only racecourse in the UK without a grandstand. The final racecourse in Wales is Ffos Las in Kidwelly which hosts 21 race meets a year and has a picturesque setting after being built at the site of an open cast coal mine once operations ceased. 

The Biggest Racecourses in Scotland

Scotland is home to 5 of the UK’s horse racing tracks, and Scottish racecourses are renowned for their picturesque views. The largest in the Scottish racecourse collection is Ayr with a capacity of 18,000 and home to both flat and jump races. Here you will find the annual Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup held every year along with a host of other meets.

The second-largest Scottish racecourse is Musselburgh, again playing host to both flat and jump races and is unusual in that the centre of the course hosts a nine-hole golf course. Among the Scottish racecourses, you will also find Hamilton Park, a flat course in South Lanarkshire that is known as the first racecourse in Britain to hold an evening meeting. Kelso Racecourse is a national hunt course on the Scottish border. Finally, Perth racecourse is the most northern racecourse in Britain and a 10-furlongs national hunt course. 

Best Racecourse in the UK

There are many reasons a racecourse could be the ‘best in the UK’, from the busiest calendar to the best spectator facilities and best views of the course. With a total of 59 racecourses in the UK currently in operation, there’s one that suits everyone’s perfect race day. 

Busiest Racecourse in the UK

We’ve looked at the biggest racecourses in the UK, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the busiest in terms of meets throughout the year. With a total of 71 race meets scheduled for the 2021 season, 20 afternoons, 8 evenings and 51 floodlit, Wolverhampton Racecourse comes in as the course with the most meets this season. Across the year there’s more than just racing, with live music, conferences, parties, weddings and more. The racecourse is well equipped for all its visitors and includes bars, restaurants, private boxes, an on-site hotel and even a conference centre. 

Most Popular Racecourse in the UK

The most popular racecourses in the UK are usually as a result of holding the most famous meets throughout the year. Ascot Racecourse comes in as the most popular for the Royal Ascot week every June and its connections to the Royal family. Aintree Racecourse is renowned for being the home of the Grand National and Cheltenham Racecourse is famous for the four day Cheltenham festival and its beautiful surroundings of the Cotswolds countryside. Making these three racecourses the most popular in terms of want to visit and well-known throughout the UK. 

Newmarket Racecourse also comes in as a popular course for those who enjoy watching flat races as it’s renowned as the home of flat racing. It also holds two individual tracks, the Rowley Mile and the July Course, as well as the largest cluster of training yards in the country. 

List of UK Racecourses in Alphabetical Order

Below is our full alphabetical list of UK racecourses. From up north in Perth to down south in Devon, we’ve got all 59 covered. 

Aintree Racecourse

Aintree is one of the most known racecourses in the UK due to hosting the annual Grand National which is a huge day to be celebrated in the racing calendar. In 2021 Aintree is scheduled to host five race meets: the four-day Grand National, three afternoon meets and one evening. The first run here was in 1839 and the course has now grown to include grandstands, private boxes, numerous restaurants, casual eating locations and bars alike. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: 4 miles, 2 furlongs, 74 yards
  • Location: Liverpool, England 
  • Capacity: 75,000

 

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse holds both flat and national hunt races and is known as one of the most famous courses in the world after being opened by Queen Anne in 1711. The most notable week of racing at Ascot is the Royal Ascot, held every June over five days to celebrate the best in British racing. Other notable meets at Ascot include the King George Weekend in July and QIPCO British Champions Day in October. Ascot Racecourse has 26 scheduled meets in 2021, all in the afternoons. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: One mile, six furlongs 
  • Location: Ascot, England
  • Capacity: 70,000

Read our full guide to Ascot Racecourse here

 

Ayr Racecourse

Located in Scotland, Ayr Racecourse is a left-handed circuit hosting both flat and national hunt races. Situated on the stunning Ayrshire coastline, Ayr Racecourse is one of five Scottish racecourses and is most famous for holding the Scottish Grand National every April and Ayre Gold Cup on the flat every September. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: 12 furlongs 
  • Location: Ayr, Scotland
  • Capacity: 18,000

 

Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse

With views across the Welsh countryside, Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse is well-known for both its impressive views and well-designed left-hand jump circuit. You’ll find around 15 meets a year at North Wales’ only racecourse and ample visitor amenities including restaurants, bars and even private facilities. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile, three furlongs 
  • Location: Wrexham, Wales
  • Capacity: 8,000

 

Bath Racecourse

Home to 22 race meets a year, Bath Racecourse is well-positioned in the countryside between Bristol and Bath. The most notable races to be held here are the Lansdown Fillies’ Stakes and the Beckford Stakes, both listed flat races. Bath Racecourse offers live music meets, family fun days, fireworks, ladies days and more, as well as private hire options. You can also find ample visitor facilities including bars, three grandstands and executive boxes at this South West racecourse. Bath Racecourse is also the highest flat course in the UK, sitting at 780ft above sea level. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile, four furlongs and 25 yards 
  • Location: Bath, England

 

Beverley Racecourse

Beverley Racecourse holds everything from ladies days and the Coconut Cup race day, to the most popular Beverley Bullet race day. You can choose from three enclosures depending on your needs, the Premier Enclosure, the Grandstand & Paddock, and the Course Enclosure. The doors at Beverley Racecourse were first opened in 1690 and is now one of nine racecourses in Yorkshire. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile, three furlongs 
  • Location: Beverley, England

 

Brighton Racecourse

Located on the South Coast of England, Brighton Racecourse was recognised as “Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque settings of any course” by Channel 4. But the views aren’t all this racecourse has going for it, with a full race calendar every year, including fun days such as live music, ladies days, gentlemans’ days, family fun days and more. Spectator facilities are also second to none, with sit down restaurants, casual eating and picnic options available. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile, four furlongs 
  • Location: Brighton, England 

 

Carlisle Racecourse

Found in Cumbria, Carlisle Racecourse is home to the popular Carlisle Bell race day. This day each year sees the oldest trophy in sporting history be competed for. You’ll find both evening and afternoon meets at Carlisle Racecourse, as well as hospitality packages, bars and grandstands. Throughout the summer months Carlisle Racecourse hosts flat races in winter months you’ll find national hunt meets

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: One mile, four furlongs
  • Location: Carlisle, England 
  • Capacity: 16,000

 

Cartmel Racecourse

Cartmel Racecourses is one of the most unique in the country as it holds a garden party feel, with dogs welcome and picnics encouraged, making this race track venue a truly family occasion. Whilst you can bring your own food and drink, there’s also food stalls and bars on-site as well as fairground entertainment and more. Each year there’s nine meets at Cartmel Racecourse, with the largest being the Cumbria Crystal Cup in July. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile, one furlong
  • Location: Grange-over-Sands, England
  • Capacity: 20,000

 

Catterick Bridge Racecourse

Catterick Bridge Racecourse held its first race in 1783 and offers year-round racing fixtures, making it one of the busiest in North Yorkshire. The course’s feature event is the North Yorkshire Grand National held every January. You can choose from the Grandstand and Paddock enclosure or Course enclosure, or take advantage of the hospitality packages with private suites and trackside marquees available. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: One mile
  • Location: Richmond, England
  • Capacity: 4,000

 

Chelmsford City Racecourse

Opened in 2008, Chelmsford City Racecourse is the newest racecourse in England. Here you will find a floodlit all-weather course hosting 51 race meets this season, perfect for evening race meets close to Essex. Most known for hosting the annual Chelmsford City Cup Handicap, Chelmsford City Racecourse also offers some of the largest prize money in British racing, seeing it attract some of the biggest names in terms of both jockeys and trainers. Located in the heart of Essex countryside, the racecourse has a picturesque setting but also benefits from being within close proximity to London. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: Eight and a half furlongs
  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex, England

 

Cheltenham Racecourse

The home of British jump racing and of course the four-day Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse is known to hold some of the largest races in the country and the place where every jockey, trainer and owner dreams of winning. The four-day Cheltenham Festival sees the top jockeys go head to head in Grade 1 races, whilst the Showcase held every October is also popular with a total of 14 races over two days. There are two courses at Cheltenham, the Old Course and the New Course. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Location: Cheltenham, England 
  • Capacity: 67,500

Chepstow Racecourse

Home to Wales’ most prestigious horse race, Chepstow Racecourse hosts the annual Welsh Grand National and a total of 32 race meets a year. You can watch both flat and jump racing at Chepstow, as well as enjoy everything from ladies days and live music to family days and more. Chepstow Racecourse is a historic racecourse in Wales with its first race held in 1926, it is also located just over the River Severn estuary with impressive views around. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: Two miles
  • Location: Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Capacity: 20,000

 

Chester Racecourse

First opening in 1589, Chester is the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world, making it a worthy visit in its own right. Since its first opening, Chester Racecourse has developed to include grandstands, bars, restaurants and ample visitor facilities. At Chester Racecourse you can choose from an impressive seven enclosures, with everything from champagne gardens and tattersalls enclosures to more relaxed atmospheres in the family-friendly open course enclosure. The 2021 season sees 13 race meets at Chester Racecourse, with the three-day May Festival kick-starting the season here. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed 
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile
  • Location: Chester, England 
  • Capacity: 21,000

 

Doncaster Racecourse

Most well-known for hosting the St Leger Festival, Doncaster Racecourse is a busy northern racecourse that hosts around 36 jump and flat meets a year in addition to music events, weddings, conferences and more. The Doncaster Cup is also hosted here, and these two races are two of the oldest horse races in the world. Doncaster Racecourse is a left-hand course and has an array of on-site facilities including private boxes, restaurants, a food hall, bars and even a hotel. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: One mile, seven and a half furlongs
  • Location: Doncaster, England 
  • Capacity: 50,000

Read our full guide to Doncaster Racecourse here

 

Epsom Downs Racecourse

Located on the North Downs, hence the name, Epsom Downs is a Grade 1 racecourse that was featured in the film Derby Day. Located in the Surrey countryside, the racecourse boasts views of London’s skyline and also has a public viewing area from the Downs where people can watch for free. You’ll also find the third-largest racecourse training facility in the country here. Epsom Downs Racecourse most notable race meets include the Epsom Oaks, the second oldest of the five British Classic races, Epsom Derby, which first ran in 1780 and now runs on the first Saturday in June, and Coronation Cup, which first ran in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: Three and a half furlong
  • Location: Epsom, England 
  • Capacity: 120,000

 

Exeter Racecourse

Exeter Racecourse is located in the beautiful surroundings of Devon and delivers picturesque scenery thanks to its hilltop position. Locally the racecourse is known as Haldon racecourse due to its location on top of the Haldon Hills. The most known race to be held at Exeter Racecourse is the Haldon Gold Cup held every October or November, this race is run over two miles and one and a half furlongs with 12 fences to be jumped.  

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: Two miles
  • Location: Kennford, Exeter, England 
  • Capacity: 20,000

 

Fakenham Racecourse

The Prince of Wales is a patron at Fakenham Racecourse which is a jump circuit with six fences each circuit and an almost square shape. Fakenham Racecourse has always had royal connections, with the Prince of Wales being the patron since 2000, and in 2002 having a £1million members’ grandstand named “The Prince of Wales Stand”. There’s an array of meets throughout the year here, including a Christmas special, Sky Sports Race Day and Weatherbys Race Day. Fakenham Racecourse also hosts the West Norfolk Hunt’s Point to Point. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile
  • Location: Fakenham, Norfolk, England 

 

Ffos Las Racecourse

Coming in as the newest racecourse in the UK, Ffos Las Racecourse in Wales was opened in 2009 and sees a calendar of 21 meets a year, consisting of both flat and jump races. Racedays include everything from ladies days to fun days, as well as Ffos Las Festival race day, a fun-filled two-day event with racing and entertainment for all ages. You can also enjoy the Welsh Champion Hurdle Raceday, live music race days and more. Ffos Las Racecourse is located between Llanelli and Carmarthen on the old site of an open cast coal mine. This is one of just three racecourses in Wales.  

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: 12 furlongs 
  • Location: Trimsaran, Wales
  • Capacity: 20,000

 

Fontwell Park Racecourse

Situated between Chichester and Arundel, Fontwell Park Racecourse has an extensive history in horse racing with its first race dating back to 1924. The course is now the only figure of eight jump circuit left in the country, meaning a visit here is a must. Don’t miss the most notable races at Fontwell Park; the National Sprint Hurdle, a two-mile and three-furlong race that is now considered a trial for the Champion Hurdle, and the Southern National, a three-mile and thee-furlong race around the figure of eight track.  

  • Course direction: Left and right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: Two miles
  • Location: Fontwell, Arundel, England

 

Goodwood Racecourse

Goodwood Racecourse is set on the Sussex Downs and features 19 race days throughout each season, including the Qatar Goodwood Festival. This festival of racing features five days of top-class racing as well as a focus on well-dressed spectators. Goodwood is one of 27 racecourses in the UK to be independently owned with the family of the Duke of Richmond having control of the course, which seems fitting as the third Duke of Richmond first introduced the sport to Goodwood in 1802. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: Five furlongs
  • Location: Chichester, England
  • Capacity: 30,000

Read our full guide to Goodwood Racecourse here.

 

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Located on the Norfolk coast in a historic racing venue, Great Yarmouth Racecourse is a flat circuit with meets held over the summer months. The most notable meet here is the John Musker Fillies’ Stakes, a two-mile, two-furlong race and sees many of the two year old winners from Newmarket competing. The course here is a long oval shape and a recent extension to the finishing straight means that races up to one mile long can be run on the straight course. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: Five furlongs 
  • Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

 

Hamilton Park Racecourse

Located to the south of Glasgow, Hamilton Park is a Scottish racecourse with flat races held from May to October and a history of racing dating back to 1782. The Glasgow Stakes is the race with the highest prize money at Hamilton Park Racecourse, held every July with a total prize fund of £35,000 in 2020. You can enjoy weekend, day and evening meets here as well as a choice of hospitality packages including private boxes, Duke’s restaurant and restaurant marquees. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile, five furlongs 
  • Location: Hamilton, England 
  • Capacity: 60,000

 

Haydock Park Racecourse

Haydock Park Racecourse was opened in 1899 and was awarded racecourse of the year in 1998 and 2000. You can watch both flat and national hunt races here at Haydock Park, with approximately 32 races held each year. Some of the most notable races to be held here include the Peter Marsh Chase, the Champion Hurdle trial and the Swinton Handicap Hurdle worth £100,000. There’s also a Grand National trial held here and the Challenger Series finale. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: One mile, five furlongs 
  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, England
  • Capacity: 20,000

 

Hereford Racecourse

Hereford Racecourse is ideally located within close proximity to the city centre yet with a stunning backdrop of the Herefordshire countryside. The first flat race was held here in 1771 and jump racing was later introduced in 1840. Hereford Racecourse also closed between 2012 and 2016 but is now a regular course in the racing fixtures with ladies days, Christmas days, live music and more held throughout the year. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile, three furlongs
  • Location: Hereford, England 

 

Hexham Racecourse

Hexham Racecourse is set close to the historic market town of Hexham and boasts unspoilt views across the countryside, as well as a setting within a natural amphitheatre. The left-hand jump circuit at Hexham hosts 15 meets a year across evenings and weekends and is the most northerly national hunt course in England. The most historic race to still be held at Hexham Racecourse is the three mile and one furlong Heart of all England Maiden Hunters’ Chase, first held in 1907. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile, four furlongs 
  • Location: Hexham, Northumberland, England 

 

Huntingdon Racecourse

Spanning nine months of the racing calendar, the Huntingdon Racecourse hosts 17 jump meets a year. The two most notable races held at Huntingdon are the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle, held every February, and the Peterborough Chase held in December after first being hosted in 1969. Huntingdon Racecourse is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest called Brampton Racecourse as it is a species-rich neutral grassland, a rare habitat in the county. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile, three furlongs 
  • Location: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England 
  • Capacity: 10,000

 

Kelso Racecourse

Voted the Best Small Racecourse in Scotland and the North of England in 2007, 2012 and 2014, Kelso Racecourse also claims to be one of Britain’s friendliest racecourses. Up until 1888, Kelso was a flat racecourse, but from this date, it has been exclusively a jump course. The two most notable races to be held at Kelso Racecourse is the Morebattle Hurdle held every February and Premier Kelso Hurdle held every March.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile, 600 yards flat and one mile, 330 yards jump
  • Location: Kelso, Scotland 
  • Capacity: 10,000

 

Kempton Park Racecourse

At Kempton Park Racecourse you’ll find both flat and jump race meets throughout the year, including its top three events. Each boxing day you’ll find the King George VI Chase and the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, both prestigious Grade 1 races, whilst the following day hosts the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase. The other two most popular race meets are Kempton Park and the Close Brothers Handicap Chase every February and the September Stakes race day in early September. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: Flat: eight or ten furlongs. Jump: one mile and five furlongs
  • Location: Sunbury-on-Thames, England 
  • Capacity: 22,000

 

Leicester Racecourse

Hosting up to 30 race days a year, Leicester Racecourse is a dual flat and jump course with six feature races held every year, the most notable race being the flat King Richard III Stakes held every April. Across the racing calendar at Leicester Racecourse you can find family days, ladies days, a post Christmas meet and live music meets. There are ample facilities at Leicester Racecourse including restaurants, bars, private boxes, centre course marquees and a grandstand, as well as the Kube Centre for large scale exhibitions, weddings, events and more. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: One mile and six furlongs
  • Location: Leicester, England 
  • Capacity: 8,000

 

Lingfield Park Racecourse

Lingfield Park is situated in Surry and is home to over 80 racing fixtures every year. The two most prestigious races to be held here are the Derby Trial Stakes, which was first held in 1932, and the Oaks Trial, which was first held in 1933. Lingfield Park is one of just five all-weather tracks in the UK and typically stages flat races in the summer and jump races in the winter. There are extensive visitor facilities at Lingfield Park including an onsite Marriott Hotel, spa and golf course. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: One mile, two furlongs 
  • Location: Lingfield, England 

 

Ludlow Racecourse

There are 16 race meets held at Ludlow Racecourse every year between early October and mid May. You can choose from four enclosures: the Jubilee Stand, the Plymouth Stand, the Clive Pavillion and the Centre Marquee. The course is relatively small and sees the B4365 cross the course at three different locations with traffic stopped on race days. The centre of the race track is occupied by Ludlow Golf Club and holds an 18-hole course. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile and four furlongs 
  • Location: Ludlow, Shropshire, England 
  • Capacity: 4,000

 

Market Rasen Racecourse

Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Market Rasen Racecourse is a right-hand jump circuit with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Facilities at Market Rasen include restaurants, private boxes, more informal eateries, picnic areas and even a caravan site so you can stay in the heart of the action. You can enjoy a year-round jump racing calendar here. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One-and-a-quarter miles
  • Location: Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, England 
  • Capacity: 15,000

 

Musselburgh Racecourse 

Musselburgh Racecourse is the second biggest racecourse in Scotland and is located eight miles east of Edinburgh. Its location and picturesque landscape makes it an ideal spot for tourists and helps it to draw a large area. The course hosts both flat and national hunt races and attracts some of the best trainers in the local area. The track’s favourite horse can navigate its sharp right-hand turns and handle its decent ground.

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: Ten furlongs 
  • Location: Musselburgh, Scotland 
  • Capacity: 10,000

 

Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse is located in Greenham, Berkshire and is a top racecourse for both flat and national hunt racing. Newbury Racecourse hosts many great events over both the national hunt and flat season. The highlight races for the national hunt here include both the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and the Betfair Hurdle, both of which have become a stepping stone for horses to later compete in the Cheltenham Festival. For flat races, undoubtedly the highlight has to be the Qipco Lockinge Stakes which is a Group 1 event. Newbury offers state of the art facilities and is a must-visit for any racing enthusiast.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: One mile and seven furlongs 
  • Location: Newbury, England 
  • Capacity: 50,000

View the full Newbury Racecourse guide here.

 

Newcastle Racecourse

Newcastle Racecourse, known by locals as Gosforth Park, is arguably the home of racing in the northeast as it hosts a high standard of both flat and jump races. The racecourse’s flat circuit hosts one of the toughest tracks in Britain with its uphill rise of four furlongs. The highlight event of the flat track is the Northumberland Plate which is held in June and is known to produce some tight finishes. For the jumping track, the Fighting Fifth Hurdle is the prime event of the year and attracts some of the top hurdlers in the country.  

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England 
  • Capacity: 25,000

 

Newmarket Racecourse

Newmarket Racecourse is often referred to as `the headquarters of British racing’ and it’s easy to see why. The course hosted some of the biggest races in British horse racing including the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, alongside these classic races the course hosts 9 of 36 Group 1 races throughout the UK. The course is split up into two different tracks which are the Rowley Mile and the July Course which is used in the summer months. The highlight is the Darley July Cup which is one of Europe’s six furlongs sprints. Newmarket Racecourse is a must visit for any racing fan. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Location: Newmarket, England 
  • Capacity: 20,000

 

Newton Abbot Racecourse

Newton Abbot Racecourse is the most southern racecourse in England and home to 19 race meets every year. The Newton Abbot horse racing venue is most well-known for its summer jump meets and is a friendly racecourse with facilities for families, couples and groups alike. You can choose from the Paddock, Course or Family enclosure. Newton Abbot’s most notable race is the Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase

  • Course direction: Left-handed 
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile and one furlong
  • Location: Newton Abbot, England 
  • Capacity: 10,000

 

Nottingham Racecourse

Nottingham Racecourse is located just east of Nottingham city centre in Colwick Park close to the River Trent. The course is a popular venue with trainers and draws in young talent from leading stables from across the country. The racecourse consists of two different tracks both coming in at around 1 and a half miles long with 5 and 6 furlongs respectively. The course offers slight corners with a minor gradient which favour well-balanced horses with long strides. The course hosts several flat races over the summer which are can’t miss events for racing fans in the Nottingham area.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One and a half miles 
  • Location: Nottingham, England 
  • Capacity: 10,000

 

Perth Racecourse

As the most northerly horse racing venue in the UK, Perth Racecourse is situated in the Scone Palace parklands and houses around ten fixtures a year. Perth Racecourse prides itself on offering first-class facilities, with hospitality packages available in both the private suites and trackside marquee facilities. You can also choose from the Grandstand Enclosure which has a host of bars and restaurants, or the Centre Course Enclosure where you can take your own picnics and even BBQs.

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: Ten furlongs 
  • Location: Perth, Scotland 
  • Capacity: 10,000

 

Plumpton Racecourse

Situated in East Sussex, Plumpton Racecourse has an attractive backdrop of the South Downs and first opened in 1884. The most prestigious race is the Sussex Grand National, run over three miles and five furlongs. Plumpton Racecourse welcomes adults and children with the Grandstand and Paddock and Picnic enclosures making great viewing points for the entire family. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile 
  • Location: Plumpton, Lewes, England 

 

Pontefract Racecourse

From ladies days and Friday live music nights to family Sundays, Pontefract Racecourse hosts 16 race meets a year. Pontefract Racecourse is most known for its four listed events: Silver Tankard Stakes, the Pomfret Stakes, the Pipalong Stakes and the Pontefract Castle Stakes. This course is well known as a tough test of stamina with a sharp turn to the finishing straight and a large section of uphill ground, making for great watching. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: Two miles and five furlongs 
  • Location: Pontefract, England 
  • Capacity: 13,000

 

Redcar Racecourse

Redcar Racecourse is situated in North Yorkshire and hosts 18 fantastic race days throughout the flat season from April to November. The course also holds the only straight and flat mile of any racecourse in the UK with a three-furlong chute joining the straight. One of the most notable races at Redcar Racecourse is the Zetland Gold Cup which is held as part of the Zetland Gold Cup Sports Day every May or June. The other two notable races are held on Premier Day every October, the ITV4 Two-Year-Old Trophy and listed Guisborough Stakes.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One and three quarter miles
  • Location: Redcar, England 
  • Capacity: 5,000

 

Ripon Racecourse

Ripon Racecourse is hosted in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and is arguably one of the most attractive racecourses in the UK. The racecourse is a favourite of locals and tourists and provides a lively yet family-friendly atmosphere. The highlight fixture at Ripon is the Great St Wilfrid Handicap which is one of the leading sprint races of the calendar and takes place in August of each year.

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile and five furlongs 
  • Location: Ripon, England 

 

Salisbury Racecourse 

Located just southwest of Salisbury, Wiltshire, Salisbury Racecourse is a great racecourse for fans who want to see upcoming talent with many leading stables introducing their top prospects at the course. The racecourse hosts exclusively flat races which all take place from May till October. The best time to visit Salisbury Racecourse has to be in the summer months where its evening races are favourites for locals from Salisbury and the surrounding area.

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile 
  • Location: Salisbury, Netherhampton, England 
  • Capacity: 4,000

 

Sandown Park Racecourse

Sandown Park Racecourse is a historic racecourse and an important part of British racing history. Opened in 1875 it was the first racecourse to charge for attendance, it also hosted the Grand National Hunt Chase until it was permanently moved to Cheltenham in 1911. Sandown Park Racecourse is a dual-purpose track that hosts both flat and fence races. Particular highlights at Sandown Park include the Coral-Eclipse in July and the Bet365 Gold Cup which marks the end of the National Hunt season in April each year.

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: 13 furlongs 
  • Location: Esher, England 
  • Capacity: 18,000

 

Sedgefield Racecourse 

Sedgefield Racecourse is located in the beautiful Durham countryside and hosts some of the key events in the National Hunt scene. At the top of this list is the Durham National, a steeplechase held in October, in recent years the event has seen success from unsung talent and created some thrilling races as a result. The course holds tight bends and is therefore suited for horses with a smaller gallop. Going into the final stretch the course moves uphill for a finish that rarely disappoints.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Location: Stockton-on-Tees, England 

 

Southwell Racecourse

Southwell Racecourse is 1 of only 6 racecourses in the UK that has an all-weather track. The track is made from fibreglass turf which allows it to hold a consistent condition regardless of the weather. The track itself tends to favour American bred horses that perform well due to their stamina on dry hard tracks. Races at Southwell are held from late May until the end of each year and host a mix of track events. 

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat and jump
  • Distance: Ten furlongs
  • Location: Southwell, England 

 

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse 

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse also referred to as just Stratford Racecourse, is one of the most popular racecourses in the UK. Consistently drawing a friendly crowd with a noticeably more relaxed dress than that of Ascot or Epsom, it’s a great place to take in some racing action. The highlight of the racing calendar for Stratford is undoubtedly June’s Champion Hunter Chase which is one of the highlights of the entire UK racing calendar.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: Ten furlongs
  • Location: Stratford-on-Avon, England 
  • Capacity: 2,500

 

Taunton Racecourse 

Taunton Racecourse is located in Orchard Portman, Somerset just south of Taunton where the course gets its name from. Opening in 1927, it’s the UK’s newest national jump course. The racecourse is a favourite of top trainer Paul Nicholls who runs many of his up and coming horses here. The track is popular with locals and draws in a good crowd from neighbouring villages and towns, although there is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere perfect for visitors. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile and two furlongs 
  • Location: Taunton, England
  • Capacity: 6,000

 

Thirsk Racecourse 

Thirsk Racecourse is located in North Yorkshire and hosts many great events throughout the year. The clear highlight in the racing calendar for Thirsk is The Classic Trial and The Thirsk Hunt Cup which take place in April and May. The course tends to favour a bigger horse with a larger gallop due to the dip just before the final furlong. The course draws a number of the UK’s best sprinters who favour firm ground. So if you are wanting to see some great sprint finishes visit Thirsk Racecourse. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile and two furlongs 
  • Location: Thirsk, England 
  • Capacity: 2,000

 

Uttoxeter Racecourse 

Uttoxeter Racecourse is one of the most up and coming racecourses in the UK. Hosting the Midlands Grand National and the Summer Cup, the racecourse attracts some top racing talent from across the country. The racecourse itself is full of twists and turns and the home stretch hosts four furlongs on the flat. The course favours front runner tactics which produces competitive races and some thrilling finishes.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile, and two and a quarter furlongs 
  • Location: Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England 

 

Warwick Racecourse 

Warwick Racecourse holds many notable televised races including the Classic Chase and the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase, all of which take place from September till May each year. For many years the race course held both jump and flat races but in 2014 the racecourse switched to exclusively hosting jump races. With this change, Warwick Racecourse is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading jump racecourses.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One mile and six furlongs
  • Location: Warwick, England
  • Capacity: 5,000

 

Wetherby Racecourse 

Wetherby Racecourse is located in West Yorkshire, just 12 miles north of Leeds. Although it has recently started hosting flat races, it is still Yorkshire’s leading course for National Hunt racing. Its most notable races are the Charlie Hall Chase which takes place in early November of each year and the Castleford Chase that is held at Christmas time. The racecourse is a fantastic test for novice chasers and is a great place to see upcoming racing talent.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: One and a half miles
  • Location: Wetherby, England 
  • Capacity: 7,000

 

Wincanton Racecourse 

Wincanton Racecourse is located in the beautiful summerset countryside and is often used as a training ground for many horses before competing in some of the UK major events such as the champion hurdles and gold cup race. This is due to the racecourse hosting both fences in quick succession and a larger three fences in the short home straight. The racecourse’s main events are the Cheltenham Festival Trials Day hosted in February each year along with their Boxing Day fixture. 

  • Course direction: Right-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: Two miles
  • Location: Wincanton, Somerset, England 
  • Capacity: 5,000

 

Windsor Racecourse 

Windsor Racecourse, famously known as Royal Windsor Racecourse is situated in Berkshire along the bank of the River Thames. This beautiful racecourse is perfect for a summer evening race and it hosts 13 of them held on consecutive Mondays starting in May and finishing in October. The racecourse itself is only 1 of 2 racecourses in the UK laid out in a figure of 8 and has exclusively held flat races since 1998.

  • Course direction: Left and right-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile and four furlongs 
  • Location: Windsor, England 

 

Wolverhampton Racecourse 

Wolverhampton Racecourse is one of the UK’s most unique racecourses and is a trip worth making for any racing fan. The racecourse offers a Tapeta surface which often draws comparisons to racecourses more prominently seen in the US. Alongside this, the racecourse was also the first course in the UK to be fitted with floodlights which makes it perfect for evening events. The racecourse has recently started a £26 million regeneration project which will see the course’s hotel expand to 170 rooms and will be the first racecourse in the UK to have an onsite casino.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Distance: One mile
  • Location: Wolverhampton, England 
  • Capacity: 25,000

 

Worcester Racecourse 

Worcester Racecourse is situated in the centre of Worcester and runs along the scenic River Severn. The beautiful 100-acre venue is often referred to as ‘The Pitchcroft’ by locals and is open to the public on non-race days. The racecourse exclusively hosts national hunt races and hosts a variety of races throughout the summer months and as a result, is used by many trainers to introduce their better novice hurdlers and chasers, so it’s a great place to catch some future stars.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Jump
  • Distance: 13 furlongs 
  • Location: Worcestershire, England 

 

York Racecourse

Arguably one of the most beautiful racecourses in the UK, it is steeped in history with races taking place in York since Roman times. York Racecourse is also known as ‘The Knavesmire’, a name taken from the land where the racecourse is built. The racecourse hosts several events throughout the year but undoubtedly the highlight is the Ebor Festival held in August of each year. This three-day event hosts three group one meets with some of the sports top talents on display.

  • Course direction: Left-handed
  • Course type: Flat
  • Location: York, England 
  • Capacity: 60,000

 

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