Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse, Linkfield Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7RG - Map & Directions
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Entrance to Musselburgh Racecourse
Entrance to Musselburgh Racecourse (Renata /

Known as Edinburgh Racecourse until being officially changed in the 1990s, Musselburgh Racecourse is located in Scotland, just outside the capital city. In terms of average prize money offered, Musselburgh is the biggest racecourse in Scotland behind Ayr and the 14th biggest in the UK (useful info for the stats fans!). Featuring both flat and National Hunt racing, Musselburgh only introduced jumping race in 1987, with the first official race held in the area in 1777. Since 1672 there has been a nine-hole golf course on site and the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club was founded in 1774.

In 2011, Musselburgh racecourse won the Dual Purpose Award at the Neil Wyatt Racecourse Groundstaff Awards, beating Ascot into second place. In 1995, a £7.5m redevelopment started, with a new hospitality stand, new stables and refurbishment to key areas taking place. Groundstaff have since (in 2010) installed a fibresand strip as part of the track, becoming the first racecourse in the UK to include an artificial material alongside a turf track (as part of the same track). Musselburgh racecourse is located less than one mile from the A1, with all routes well signposted. Those travelling by train should travel to Wallford station, with free bus travel available that is timed alongside trains from Edinburgh and North Berwick.

Ticket Prices

Entry to the racecourse starts from just £15 for adults, whilst customers under the age of 18 are allowed access free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult. Prices vary according to the meeting and there are fish and chips, and champagne packages available alongside the standard entrance ticket.

The Course

Musselburgh Stands & Track
Musselburgh Stands & Track (G Laird /

Musselburgh offers both flat and National Hunt racing, with racing taking place throughout the calendar year. The track is a right-handed compact oval measuring at around 1m2f in circumference with a home straight of 4f. Shorter races have shown that higher drawn horses tend to have a statistical advantage.

During the winter months, the National Hunt course is built on top of the flat course, and both are run right-handed and are generally flat with tight bends. The steeplechase course features eight fences with four in each straight, whilst the hurdles course contains just six flights, with three per straight. The new fibresand section of the course measures 170m and was introduced to improve the rider and horse safety on what is a narrow, tight bend that often got heavily cut up during the wet, winter months.

Major Meetings at Musselburgh

Entrance to Musselburgh Racecourse
Entrance to Musselburgh Racecourse (Richard Webb /

One of the major flat races run at Musselburgh each year is the Scottish Sprint Cup, which is run each June over a distance of 5f. In terms of jumps races, the two main ones are the Musselburgh Gold Cup and the John Smiths Scottish County Hurdle, which are run in February and April, over distances of 1m6f and 2m respectively.

Dining and Hospitality

Private hospitality boxes are available for customers to take advantage of at all race meetings, with suites available to host between 20 and 200 guests. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and the fixture, with prices varying between £62 and £148 + VAT per person.

Alternatively, customers are invited to eat during the day in the onsite Epperston Restaurant, with a choice of bespoke menus to choose from, and prices starting at £55 and potentially rising to as high as £98 + VAT per head.


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