Newton Abbot Racecourse

The Racecourse, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 3AF - Map & Directions
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Newton Abbot Grandstand
Newton Abbot Grandstand (Newton Abbot Grandstand /

Located in the picturesque South Devon countryside on the north bank of the River Teign, Newton Abbott racecourse has been in use since 1866, which is when the 91-acre site was first purchased. The main grandstand at Newton Abbott wasn’t built until 1969, when the Queen Mother opened it, whilst the current state of the art corporate facilities were opened in 1990.

Following the closure of the dog track at Kingskerswell, there was greyhound racing on site during the evenings of the 70s and 80s, and the racecourse also hosts monthly car boot sales and regular antique fairs to make the most of the facilities on non-race days. In recent years, Newton Abbott has become the home of the south east England National Hunt calendar, with around 18 fixtures taking place each year between March and August.

Getting to the track couldn’t be easier, with the course well signposted following junction 31 of the M5, with free parking available for all customers. Those travelling by train will be delighted to hear that Newton Abbott racecourse has its own railway station, located just ¾ mile walk from the main entrance. The station has frequent services from a number of stations, including London Paddington.

Ticket Prices

There are just two different price brackets for all fixtures at Newton Abbott racecourse. Entry to the course enclosure is priced at £12, whilst access to the paddock enclosure is available for as little as £18. There is an offer of free entry for students available to those with valid identification, whilst access is also granted free of charge to all customers under the age of 16 when accompanied by a full paying adult.

The Course

The Track at Newton Abbot
The Track at Newton Abbot (Derek Harper /

Exclusively a summer National Hunt track, the course at Newton Abbott is run left-handed over a reasonably flat and sharp surface, in the shape of an oval measuring 1m1f in circumference. The steeplechase course features seven fences, including a water jump located just half a mile from the finish.

It has a very short run in following the home turn so horses not in contention at this point have very little chance of winning. The hurdles course contains four flights per circuit, whilst the tight nature of both courses means laying close to the pace is essential for those hoping to be successful.

Major Meetings at Newton Abbott

Meeting at Newton Abbot
Meeting at Newton Abbot (Ian James Cox /

The most prestigious race that is run each year at Newton Abbott is the Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase, which is run either in late August or early September, over a distance of 2m5f. Other than this race, there are no other major events that happen at Newton Abbott as it is only a small course in comparison to others around the country.

However, there are a number of sponsored and charity events throughout the season, mainly aimed at kids to make a day out at the races appealing to everyone in the family, and there is also an annual Ladies Day which takes place each June and is growing in popularity.

Dining and Hospitality

In terms of hospitality, Newton Abbott offers both private boxes and high quality restaurants for those that wish to add a bit more sophistication to their afternoon. The boxes are priced in two tiers, with the silver package available for £78 + VAT per person, whilst the gold package costs £90 + VAT per person. There are two restaurants available on site, which are priced at £56.50 per person and £78 per person respectively.


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