Newcastle Racecourse

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Head to Newcastle’s green and tranquil High Gosforth Park and you’ll find the perfect spot for a day at the races.

One of the most popular flat tracks in the UK, Newcastle racecourse has been hosting horse races since 1832 when the Northumberland Plate moved to High Gosforth Park. Staging 30 fixtures each year, including both flat and National Hunt races, you’ll find a wide range of races whatever time of year you visit. Head to the racecourse in February for the Eider Chase, June for the Chipchase Stakes and Northumberland Plate, and November for the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

Newcastle Racecourse

Newcastle Racecourse

Getting around the venue

On race day, it can get busy so make sure you’ve found out a bit about the venue and its facilities before your visit. Whether you’re attending for a race, event or conference, the venue has plenty of facilities to make sure everyone has a great day. This includes food and drink options, picnic areas, toilets and parent and baby changing rooms.

Although weather can affect access to some areas and stands, Newcastle Racecourse does everything it can to make the venue accessible. Designated parking, lifts and ramps into the grandstands and free tickets for carers will mean your visit will go smoothly, whatever your special requirements.

Eating and drinking

Whether you want to grab a bite or sit down to a meal, there are plenty of food and drink options to choose from in and around the racecourse. From pie and mash at the family foodhall and hot dogs and burgers at the fast food outlets to pints at the bars and cocktails at the lounges, you’ll find plenty of food and drink options at the racecourse. For fine dining, head to the race day restaurants with their temptingly tasty menus offering seafood, meats and vegetarian options.

Nearby, Border Minstrel is a traditional pub nestled in the grounds of Gosforth Park. Offering real ales, fine wines and hearty pub grub, including soups and pies, it’s a great place to refuel after a day at the races.

Getting to Newcastle Racecourse

Located outside of city centre, you’ll need to plan your transport to and from your Newcastle hotel to the racecourse. Or, just book yourself into the Premier Inn Newcastle Gosforth/Cramlington hotel - it’s an easy 10-minute drive away.

By car
If you’re arriving by car, follow the brown and white tourist signs to the racecourse on the outskirts of Gosforth and park your car free of charge.

By bus
On race day, you can take the free bus hopper from Regent Centre and Four Lane Ends Metro stations. If it’s not a race day, head to Haymarket station for a choice of bus routes.

By train
From Newcastle city centre you can take the Metro, along the airport line to Regent Centre Metro station, you’ll then need to hop on a bus to the racecourse.

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