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Top Racecourses in the UK to see a Horse Racing Competition

Published: 7th December 2020 10:59

To successfully bet on horse racing competitions, punters must consider the smallest details such as changes in weather, footing, and even the mood of the handlersTo successfully bet on horse racing competitions, punters must consider the smallest details such as changes in weather, footing, and even the mood of the handlers


Second, only to tennis as the largest spectator sport in the U.K., horse racing currently generates £3.39 billion annually for the British economy. According to statistics, it ranked in the top spot as the most popular sport to bet on for residents aged 18-54. 

Some of the most famous horse races in the world take place in Britain, such as the Grand National which is viewed by over 600 million people each year. It’s no surprise then that some of the most world-renowned racecourses also call the U.K. home. Britain’s venues easily rival the rest of the world when it comes to overall stats. Let’s take a look at some of the most prestigious racecourses that offer both rich history and picturesque beauty.



The home of horse Jump Racing, this course contains a handful of the best obstacles in the nation. Since its first organized competition which took place in 1816 on Nottingham Hill, Cheltenham has quickly become an extremely popular venue for the sport, with attendees amassing over 65,0000. The U.K.’s most well-known National Jump Race show takes place here during the Cheltenham Festival in mid-March. The U.K.'s horse racing culture which likely dates back to the 12th century is extremely visible at Cheltenham racecourse, with the best in breeders and horses coming from all around the world to compete here. 



Founded in 1711 with close proximity to Windsor Castle, the Ascot racecourse is often referred to by many as the most important site for horse racing in the United Kingdom. The racecourse attracts nearly 600,000 spectators to its venue each year. Especially during one of the most prestigious racing events, the Royal Ascot festival which features the best in shows and gastronomy.  



As a host to the most prestigious horse race in the world, the Aintree racecourse is the annual venue for the Great National which takes place for 3 days in mid-April. The competition’s course features 16 fences and 2 miles of obstacles including open ditches and one water jump. People from all over the world flock to Aintree to see one of the oldest and most historic races in the sport. People at home watch expectantly on TV, with a total of 9.6 million viewers tuning in to the show last year, a 12% increase from 2018.



Located in the center of one of Britain’s most desirable destinations, the York racecourse stages three of the country’s 36 annual Group 1 races and hosts several exciting events including August’s Ebor Festival. With beautiful greenery and supportive fans, it's no wonder that the York venue is one of the best stages for horse racing. If you’re looking to watch this entertaining sport in a stylish environment, this spot will fit all your needs for sure.



Considered to be the headquarters of British horseracing, the Newmarket racecourse is home to many key racing organizations such as the National Horseracing Museum and the National Stud. The Suffolk-based venue contains two individual courses which serve different purposes depending on the season. Visitors and locals alike make the journey to Newmarket to enjoy the annual ‘Gold Season’ which takes place every year on-site. Ten days and five Group 1 races provide numerous entertainment opportunities and activities with well-known trainers and figures in the horse racing world coming together for the special event. Situated on the outskirts of the course are many practice areas which bring in people from all over the industry.

The bottom line: if you're traveling through Britain during horse racing season, you'll definitely want to reserve your seat at one of the many fabulous racecourses this sport takes place at. Horse racing is deeply embedded into the country's culture, so what better way to get the most out of your trip then to see what the locals love about it!

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