Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in the world. People watch it all over the world, in the stands, the comfort of their own homes, or even online with many online sportsbooks offering services to stream races you bet on.
If you’re not fortunate enough to be able to attend the races, or afford a top TV sports package, then you could search for bookmakers online as that is the cheapest option. Not sure who has what race? Then a quick Google will find you your answers, or you can search for customer feedback or professional tipsters who publishes pieces like this BetMGM review.
However, if you are able to go to the races, then which ones are the best to visit? Horse racing has been a pretty huge spectacle in the United Kingdom for a rather long time now and as such, we have some of the best race tracks in the world, some might argue that but it’s just a fact of life I’m afraid, you should embrace it! Either way, whether you agree or disagree, we all enjoy the big events that happen on UK soil, so today, we’re going to take a look at what I consider the top 5 horse racing tracks in the UK!
- Ascot Racecourse – East Berkshire, England
- Cheltenham Racecourse – Cheltenham, England
- Aintree Racecourse – Aintree, Liverpool, England
- Goodwood Racecourse – Chichester, England
- York Racecourse – York, England
That’s my list, thank you for reading! Let us kn… Okay just kidding, time for us to break down the list, what makes these racecourses better than any of the other 60 or so racetracks in the United Kingdom? What makes them a part of our rich horse racing heritage. Lets get into it.
The beautiful Ascot Racecourse, Source Ascot.Co.UK
Ascot is located in the scenic countryside situated next to Windsor Park. The racecourse at Ascot boasts a rather hefty 70,000 capacity. Founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and since then it has managed to keep its royal links, welcoming people like Queen Elizabeth II and many other members of the royal family over the course of it’s five day festival every summer. As such it is considered a mainstay of British horse racing. Rightly so, wouldn’t you agree?
Cheltenham Racecourse was opened in 1815, set in 350 acres of beautiful countryside situated in the Cotswolds.Cheltenham is famous for the Cheltenham Festival, which is a four day festival held each March and is host to some of the top national hunt racing in the United Kingdom. Cheltenham will often attract crowds of around 68000 people, making it the most popular national hunt meeting venue in the world.
Intense action around the bend at the lovely Aintree racecourse. Source: TheJockeyClub
There’s not a chance our list would’ve been complete without Aintree is there? Aintree is the home to the world famous Grand National, first held in 1839. The Grand National, though many of you will already know this, is the longest jumps race in the UK, it attracts record TV viewing figures as well as crowds of 70000+ every year! Though there are many large horse racing events across the world, none come close to how high-profile the Grand National is.
Goodwood, set in the 12000 acre grounds of the Goodwood Estate, this beautiful racecourse overlooks the awe inspiring Sussex Downs near Chichester. This track is famous for its unique undulations as well as for being the host of the Goodwood Festival which began way back in 1802 when the Duke of Richmond introduced horse racing for local army officers stationed around goodwood. These days the racecourse tends to attract around 20000 punters on a daily basis!
York is another historic racecourse, records show evidence that horse racing was held here way back in the 1530s! How crazy is that? With its famous heritage it has become quite a popular tourist attraction as well as one of the top racecourses in the country. York’s racecourse is located on the historic Tadcaster Road, it is also a FOUR TIME winner of the best racecourse in Britain award. Every August it hosts it’s highlight festival, the Ebor Festival!
There are so many great racecourses in the United Kingdom, limiting ourselves to a top 5 was really rough! It has been a real shame not being able to visit any of the fantastic venues our country is home to thanks to the monster that is Covid-19, so I’ve had to do most of my work online, whether that be viewing, writing or betting. Thankfully now things are starting to open up again and we’re slowly returning to normality, we can start to get on our travels again!
If you’ve never been to one of our great racecourses, you should definitely do it, at the very least check out the reviews before you commit to making that decision. With places like Google Reviews and Tripadvisor there are reviews for pretty much everything now, even reviews for finding a good bookmaker that has the right services you need, which lets be real, over the year we’ve had and many people investing in cryptocurrency, it’s nice to know what you can and can’t do on a site right?
Anyway that’ll do it for this one, have you been to any of the big racecourses in the UK? Or even outside the UK? What sort of experience have you had? We would love to hear about it!