Towcester Racecourse

London Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6LB - Map & Directions
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Towcester Racecourse Grandstand
Towcester Racecourse Grandstand (Oliver Hunter /

Located in Northamptonshire, racing has been taking place on the current course at Towcester since it opened, way back in 1928. It has been regularly modernised and was recently completely rebuilt, at a substantial cost of £7.5m. Part of the restructure of the course included the addition of a greyhound-racing track, which was installed directly in the centre of the current horseracing circuit. Greyhound racing at Towcester predominantly occurs during the evening and never coincides with horse racing meetings.

Towcester racecourse is situated just a mile from Towcester town centre and can easily be accessed by car. Those driving are encouraged to exit the M1 at J15A and follow signs to the racecourse from the town centre. Travelling by train isn’t as easy, with Northampton the nearest station more than nine miles from the course. Northampton has links with London Euston and Birmingham New Street and there is a taxi rank outside the station, so Towcester is generally accessible from most areas for those happy to take a taxi to the course.

Ticket Prices

For paid events, general admission is £10 for adults with under 16s allowed entry free of charge, subject to possible proof of age requirements. However, as detailed below, most meetings at Towcester are free entry, making it a great option for families and those on a budget.

The Course

Towcester Racecourse
Towcester Racecourse (David Hillas /

Exclusively a National Hunt track, racing at Towcester is run right-handed over a distance of 1m6f. Due to the extremely sharp bends in the course, combined with the long, uphill run-in, races at Towcester are generally very entertaining, often with unexpected results.

The steeplechase course consists of 10 fences, including a water jump, with two of the obstacles positioned in the home straight. The hurdles course has six flights, again with two fences located prior to the winning post.

Major Meetings at Towcester

Easton Neston Gate at Towcester Racecourse
Easton Neston Gate at Towcester Racecourse (tristan forward /

From 2002, entry to all race days was free of charge and attendances increased dramatically as a result. In 2006, Towcester started charging entry for the two most popular events of the year – Boxing Day and Easter Sunday – whilst all remaining race days have remained free of charge. Towcester generally hosts around 18 days of racing each calendar year.

Dining and Hospitality

As part of the extreme remodelling of the entire course, Towcester put a lot of time into making sure the corporate dining and hospitality areas were on a par with rival courses and ensured visitors were getting their money’s worth when they housed race day guests in private hospitality suites. In terms of private boxes, Towcester offers four different price ranges, each with varying food and drinks menus and additional benefits, and able to cater to the needs of all customers.

The lowest priced suite is the Pomfret Suite, which is available for as little as £50 per person, with the next cheapest option being the Paddock Marquees, which are trackside so allow guests the benefits of being up close to the racing action whilst staying comfortable and well fed in a relaxed environment. The Empress Suite is priced at £75 per person, with the most expensive area available being the Private Suite, which starts from £110 per person. All menus and other luxury benefits that come with corporate hospitality, as well as any other information required, can be found by contacting the racecourse directly.


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