Warwick Racecourse

Hampton Street, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6HN - Map & Directions
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Entrance to Warwick Racecourse
Entrance to Warwick Racecourse (Robin Stott / geograph.org.uk)

The original stand at Warwick was first built in the early 19th century but due to investment and popularity it has gone under intensive refurbishment over the years. Warwick used to host both National Hunt and flat races, but as of 2015 will host only jumps races. Warwick racecourse is situated right in the centre of town and is just a few hundred metres from the walls of Warwick Castle, making for a spectacular setting.

It is among the oldest horse racing locations in the entire UK, with racing records going back as far as the early 18th century. During the Second World War, Warwick racecourse was turned into a camp for Italian prisoners of war. Many of the features of the old fashioned, traditional buildings at the course have been preserved to align with the character and ambience of the setting, whilst a recent £3m refurbishment created new hospitality facilities within the main grandstand.

For those travelling to Warwick by car, the racecourse is incredibly accessible from all directions via the M40, M42, M5 and M6. The course itself is located just off the A429. Alternatively, Warwick railway station is just one mile away from the course and is frequently served by trains from London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill with walking or a short taxi recommended to reach the course itself.

Ticket Prices

Access to the main enclosure is available for adults for just £18, with substantial group discounts available for large numbers of people that book online together. Those visiting that are under the age of 18 will be granted access to the course free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult, subject to the provision of identification and proof of age (especially for older children).

The Course

Warwick Racecourse Jumps
Warwick Racecourse Jumps (Robin Stott / geograph.org.uk)

Although it is no longer used, the former flat course at Warwick was run left-handed over a distance of 1m6f. There were also three separate chute starts available for the commencement of short races going up to 1m2f in length. High drawn horses tended to have a statistical advantage when the going was soft to heavy. In terms of the National Hunt track, it is also run left-handed and sits inside the old flat course so is slightly shorter, run around a circuit measuring 1m5f in circumference.

The steeplechase course consists of ten obstacles with two plain fences positioned in the home straight. Although the course features tight bends, the width of the track makes the course suitable for all types of runners, although more experienced horses may have an advantage by taking the sharper inside track. The hurdles course has just six fences, two of which are located prior to the winning post in the home straight.

Major Meetings at Warwick

Grandstand at Warwick Racecourse
Grandstand at Warwick Racecourse (Robin Stott / geograph.org.uk)

As of 2014, Warwick racecourse held around 25 race meetings each year, many of which featured on television, although this number is expected to reduce significantly as of 2015 due to the abandonment of Warwick from the flat racing calendar. 2015 will see Warwick stage 17 jumps fixtures and it hopes to become of the “best small jumps courses in the UK” over the next five years.

Warwick will no longer host flat race meetings due to the death of a horse in May 2014. The remaining four flat racing fixtures scheduled for Warwick that year were moved elsewhere, before the decision was made to scrap the programme altogether due to concerns about the surface on one of the turns.

Dining and Hospitality

In terms of private hospitality options at Warwick, there are four separate price categories, all varying in menu, drinks options and quality. The most affordable option is bronze, which starts at £75 + VAT per person, with silver priced at £90 + VAT per person. Gold and platinum options are available from £110 + VAT and £140 + VAT per person respectively but these prices are also subject to variation according to the specific meeting.


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