Hamilton Park Racecourse

Racecourse Office, Bothwell Road, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ML3 0DW - Map & Directions
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Hamilton Park Racecourse
Hamilton Park Racecourse (Scott Cormie / geograph.org.uk)

Hamilton Park racecourse is situated in Hamilton, Scotland just a few miles south of Glasgow. Racing has been staged in Hamilton since 1782 but did not begin at the current course until 1926. In 1947, Hamilton became the first British racecourse to host an evening fixture, whilst in 1971 it was also the first British course to stage a morning meeting. The track is owned by the Hamilton Park Trust, which puts almost all profits back into the maintenance and future development of the course.

Customers visiting Hamilton by car should leave the M74 at Junction 5, take the Hamilton exit and follow the brown signs showing directions to the racecourse. The closest train station to the course is Hamilton West, which is well served by regular trains from Glasgow, with the station just a 15 minute walk from the course, making access by public transport simple and pain-free.

Ticket Prices

There is just one price for entry to race days, depending on the meeting. Premier Super Six Nights in 2014 cost £17, whilst themed meetings are priced at just £12. Under-18s are allowed entry free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult.

For disabled customers, there are specialised toilets and lifts available in all enclosures, whilst guide dogs are allowed in to help those that require them. Free entry is allowed to full time disabled carers who are able to produce adequate identification. There are also designated parking spaces available for disabled badge holders.

The Course

Hamilton Park
Hamilton Park (Roger May / geograph.org.uk)

Hamilton Park only hosts flat races and holds 18 race day meetings a year, with the racing season there running from May to October. It is an undulating track comprising of a right-handed loop connected to a regular 5½f straight course. A chute connected to the straight creates a straight track measuring 6f in length designed for shorter races, which statistically tends to favour higher drawn horses.

Major Meetings at Hamilton Park

Blurred Horses & Jockeys

Hamilton Park racecourse is well known for hosting music-themed race nights with well-known artists, including the likes of Westlife, Olly Murs, JLS and Tom Jones, performing in recent years. The most famous race run each year at Hamilton is without doubt the Glasgow Stakes.

Measuring at 1m3f in length, the stakes is run each July and has a prize purse of approximately £40,000. It was previously run at York and was used as a trial for the Epsom Derby, before it was transferred to Hamilton Park in 2006. Another big race at Hamilton is the Lanark Silver Bell. It was run at Lanark until 1977 when it ceased annual competition, however, it was restored and continued at Hamilton as of 2008.

Dining and Hospitality

There are 19 function suites to choose from for private hospitality at Hamilton, with the staff there priding themselves on flawless service and exceptional quality, making sure customers get their money’s worth and have an enjoyable experience.

Use of a VIP box starts from just £102 + VAT per person, making it one of the more reasonable corporate options in the country.


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