Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 4TS - Map & Directions
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Carlisle Racecourse Entrance
Carlisle Racecourse Entrance (Brian Norman /

Just down the road from Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish border, Carlisle prides itself on being England’s most northern city and the racecourse has stood in its current location since 1904. Racing takes place there all through the year, with flat racing in the summer from April to August, followed by National Hunt races between September and April. The course at Carlisle is situated in a country park, so despite being just two miles from the city centre, spectators are treated to excellent views of the picturesque Cumbrian landscape.

Carlisle racecourse is extremely accessible by most forms of transport, with those travelling by car just needing to join the M6 and leave at Junction 42 with easy to follow signs directing you to the course. Trains to and from Newcastle upon Tyne regularly serve the train station at Carlisle, whilst it is one of the major stops on the London Euston to Glasgow line, so trains are very frequent no matter where you are travelling from. The station is just two miles from the racecourse and access is available via buses from the station.

Ticket Prices

Aside from hospitality, Carlisle offers two separate forms of ticket – general admission or premier admission. General admission prices start at just £11.50, whilst for the increased price of £21 customers are allowed access to the premier bars and enclosures. All visitors under the age of 17 are offered free entry when accompanied by a full paying adult.

The Course

Carlisle Flat & Jumps Racecourse Map

On 2nd July 1929, the newly introduced Totalisator Board used their pool betting system on a British racecourse for the first time at Carlisle, making history with the inception of a system still used today. The course at Carlisle is a testing stiff and uphill track measuring a distance of 1m4f. The grade 4 course is pear shaped and right-handed with the final ½ mile made up of a very steep incline, so jockeys often have to be even more tactically aware than normal in terms of how they plan their home assault.

For the final straight, horses are forced to run against the collar of the track, so the course is generally more suited to high drawn horses. The National Hunt course is slightly longer at 1m5f, with the going well known for being especially heavy during the winter months.

Major Meetings at Carlisle

Carlisle Guildhall Museum
Carlisle Guildhall Museum where the famous bells are on display (Mike Smith /

The most famous races at Carlisle are the two traditional ones. The Carlisle Bell is one of the oldest races in existence as it was first contested in 1599 and is still run annually to this day – a 1m race held every June. The name of the race relates to the bells that were awarded to the winners of the race under Elizabeth I’s reign, and the original bells can be found at the Carlisle Guildhall Museum. The Cumberland Plate also originates from a similar time and is still run today, a 1m4f race which also takes place in June.

Dining and Hospitality

Carlisle Racecourse
Carlisle Racecourse (JThomas /

Carlisle offers two separate types of hospitality facility – executive boxes are located on the second floor of the main grandstand and can accommodate up to 30 guests, giving a fantastic view of the racecourse and surrounding scenery. Alternatively, lawn suites are located trackside and can house up to 20 people, which gives guests an up close view of the race and provides a much more interactive experience of the action.

Both start at the same price at just £79 + VAT per person, with the Premier option £95 + VAT per person and the VIP experience £124 + VAT per person. Customers also have the option of dining in the excellent Swifts restaurant, with a three course meal priced at just £64 + VAT per head, whilst the facilities are available to hire on non-race days for business conferences, parties and weddings.


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