• Thetop racecourses to visit in the United Kingdom

    We take a look at the top ten racecourses in the United Kingdom and let you know what makes them so special.
    There are sixty registered Flat and National Hunt racecourses across the United Kingdom, each offering tremendous racing festivities in picturesque surroundings – from Cheltenham racecourse, the home of english jump racing to the glitz and glamour of Ascot, the venue of the Royal meeting.
     
    We have compiled a list of the top ten racecourses to visit in the United Kingdom:…
  • Cheltenham Racecourse

    Located at Prestbury Park, in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham racecourse plays host to the best jumping action in the world.
    Set amongst 350 acres in the lee of the Cotswold hills, Cheltenham is a must-visit venue for any National Hunt fan, particularly in March for the world renowned four-day Cheltenham Festival.
    The Festival, or as it’s better known, the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ is a spectacular meeting held each year in spring, in which racing fans from around the globe congregate to watch the finest star performers of the National Hunt sphere compete in absorbing battles.

    28 races are staged across four days of absorbing racing, each with a dazzling main event. The Champion Hurdle is the feature contest on day one of the meeting, a race that has showcased hurdling giants such as Persian War, Istabraq and in recent seasons, Hurricane Fly and Faugheen.

    The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a sight to behold on Ladies Day at the Festival, the World Hurdle is the feature race on day three, while the blue riband Gold Cup brings the meeting to a crescendo on day four, and is the most prestigious of all National Hunt races.
    Travel to Cheltenham: 
    By Car – The course is a mile from Cheltenham town centre. Take the A40 or M5 to Cheltenham and follow the AA signs to the course.
    By Train – Cheltenham Spa station links with a bus service direct to the racecourse.…
  • Ascot Racecourse

    Ascot is not only a leading racecourse on the international stage, but is synonymous with quality and excellence. If you seek unparalleled racing and a memorable day out, the Berkshire venue is the place to visit.
    Ascot is the home to nine of the 32 annual UK-wide Group 1 races, including the King Stand Stakes, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, the Golden Jubilee Stakes, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and the iconic Ascot Gold Cup.
    The unquestionable highlight of the year is Royal Ascot in June with five days of tradition, pageantry and style, in which The Queen attends annually.
    Outside of the Royal meeting, Ascot hosts a number of prestigious National Hunt events, like the Long Walk Hurdle, the Victor Chandler Chase and the Ascot Chase.

    Travel to Ascot:

    By Car – Ascot Racecourse is situated approximately 45 minutes from London by car and easily accessible from the M3, M4 and M25.
    By Train – There is a frequent service to Ascot from Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 46 minutes from Waterloo. The railway station is a seven minute walk from the racecourse.…
  • Aintree Racecourse

    Aintree racecourse, located just outside the city of Liverpool is the venue of one of the world’s most watched sporing events, The Grand National.
    Watched by an extraordinary annual audience of over 600 million, the world famous four-and-a-half mile race is staged at the three day National meeting in spring, and features 30 obstacles to jump, including the giant Becher’s Brook.
    The Grand National has made superstars of jockeys, horses and trainers over the years, none more so than the mighty Red Rum, who took the crown three times between 1973 and 1977 (the only horse ever to do so).

    Travel to Aintree:

    By Car – From the South take the M1 onto the M6 north. Leave M6 at Junction 21a and join M62 West. Leave M62 at J6 and join M57 (signposted Southport). Follow signs to the racecourse.
    By Train – The nearest mainline station is Liverpool Lime Street, from there connect to Liverpool central. Any train going to Ormskirk will stop at Aintree. Aintree station is opposite the main entrance to the racecourse.…
  • Newmarket Racecourse

    Newmarket is known as the headquarters of British racing, and very few other racecourses in the United Kingdom can compete with it when it comes to history.
    The picturesque racing venue has been around since the 1600s and stages nine Group 1 contests each year, including the 2,000 Guineas and the 1,000 Guineas, as well as stand-out events like the Champion Stakes, the Dewhurst Stakes, the July Cup and the Sun Chariot Stakes.
    Outside of the fabulous racecourse, Newmarket is a tremendous place to visit for all thoroughbred enthusiasts. Attractions in the town include the National Horse Racing Museum and the National Stud.

    Travel to Newmarket:

    By Car – From London, take the M11 and exit at Junction 9 to take the A11 dual carriageway. Leave the A11 at Six Mile Bottom and follow the road to Newmarket. The A1 is helpful from the North and South, and the A14 links Felixstowe with the M1 and M6.
    By Train – From Liverpool Street or Kings Cross to Cambridge, where a courtesy bus links direct with the racecourse.…
  • Sandown Racecourse

    Located in the outer suburbs of London, the historic Sandown racecourse stages both flat and jump meetings, and it’s turf has been graced by racing royalty such as Arkle, Mill Reef and Desert Orchid over the years.
    Sandown has two of the most important and highly contested steeple chasing events on the British calendar, the Bet365 Gold Cup and the Tingle Creek, while the Group 1 Eclipse is one of the standout flat races of the entire summer.
    Sandown also hosts many non-racing events such as trade shows, wedding fairs, car shows and auctions, property shows and concerts.
     
    Travel to Sandown:
    By Car – The best route from London is to take the A3. Alternatively from the M25 turn off at Junction 10 and follow the A3 back towards London for 2 miles until the junction with the A307, where the course is well sign-posted.
    By Train – Esher railway station is adjacent to the back straight of the racecourse. Racegoers can walk along the platform before taking a short cut at the end of the platform which brings them to the turnstiles half way down the back straight.…
  • York Racecourse

    York is the third biggest racecourse in Britain in terms of total prize money offered, and second behind only Ascot in prize money offered per meeting. The North Yorkshire venue attracts over 350,000 racegoers per year and stages three Group 1 events – The Juddmonte International Stakes, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.
    York is one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious racecourses, and it’s Ebor Festival in August is one of the highlights of the flat racing season, and includes the acclaimed Ebor Handicap, one of Europe’s most difficult premier handicap races to win.
    Travel to York:
    By Car – York racecourse is just outside the city of York with good motorway links on the M1 and A1.
    By Train – York Station on the main east coast line is a mile from the course. London Kings Cross is just 1 hr 50 minutes away, with Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham also direct. Regular buses link with the track.…
  • Goodwood Racecourse

    Each year, Goodwood stage the most exuberant horse racing meeting in the United Kingdom, the Glorious Goodwood Festival. Fierce battles on the track, style and glamour are all associated with the Glorious meeting held in the hight of summer.
    The Goodwood Festival is where fashion, high society and world class horse racing come together for five enthralling days of sport. Notable races include the Sussex Stakes, the Nassau Stakes and the Goodwood Cup.
    Travel to Goodwood:
    By Car – The racecourse is five miles from Chichester off the A27.
    By Train – Chichester Station is on the line from London Victoria, and there is a good bus service to the course on racedays.…
  • Epsom Racecourse

    Epsom racecourse is the home of the greatest flat race in the world, The Derby.

    In 1779, Lord Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury conceived the idea of a race to establish which horse was the best of its generation. With the Investec Derby itself, the Investec Oaks for fillies and the Investec Coronation Cup for older horses, the two-day June meeting represents the ultimate test for the thoroughbred.

    Standing on the Surrey Downs, Epsom is shaped like an elongated horseshoe, and the straight five-furlong course is one of the fastest in the world. With a wide range of race days hosted throughout the year, a trip to Epsom for a day at the races is highly recommended.
    Travel to Epsom:
    By Car – Epsom Downs is two miles south of Epsom on the B290 Tadworth Road.
    By Train – From London Waterloo or London Victoria, take a train to Epsom where buses and taxis will take you to the course.…
  • Doncaster Racecourse

    Doncaster stage both National Hunt and Flat race days throughout the year, including two of the world’s oldest races, the Doncaster Cup (first run in 1766), and the final leg of the English Classic Series, the St Leger, which was inaugurated 10 years later and was the first Classic ever run.
    Travel to Doncaster:
    By Car – The racecourse is a mile from Doncaster town centre. From the south the A1 and M1/M18 are good routes.
    By Train – Doncaster Central is the closest station. Buses 55, 170 and 171 from the station stop 300 metres from the racecourse itself.…