Bath Racecourse

Address:
Bath Racecourse, Landsdowne, Bath, BA1 9BU - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01225 424609

Bath racecourse is well known for officially being Britain’s highest flat racecourse - two national hunt tracks are higher - situated 780ft above sea level. Located on Lansdown Hill overlooking the city centre, Bath racecourse provides a beautiful view for spectators, which provides an unforgettable experience to anyone who attends one of their 19 flat races every year between April and October. Racing from Bath was first recorded in 1728 and during WWII the RAF used the course as a landing field.

Just two miles north of Bath city centre, the racecourse is well connected with transport links and easy to get to by car via the M4, with free parking available on site for all visitors. Alternatively, Bath Spa train station has direct access from London Paddington and various stations across South Wales and is just four miles from the track. On race days the number 22 bus regularly takes spectators to and from the course with a journey time of less than 15 minutes.

Ticket Prices

Bath racecourse offers two types of ticket – entry to the grandstand or entry to the centre course picnic enclosure. Prices for the grandstand entry range from between £15 and £23, whilst the centre course is slightly cheaper, generally about £10 per person. Entry is free for all under-18s who are accompanied by a full paying adult.

The Course

Situated on a hill, you’d expect the course to be fairly undulating and that’s exactly what the horses face – a left-handed galloping struggle for 1m4f. The kidney shaped course features several sharp bends and the grade 4 course has a final run-in of nearly half a mile. Bath has two straight chutes at each end of the course as a means of extending the course and making it easier to accommodate shorter, more direct races. A low draw is usually advantageous, as is obtaining a strong early position, whilst wind can be a factor due to the elevation.

Major Meetings at Bath

The headline race each year used to be the Dick Hern Fillies’ Stakes, which is a 1m long thoroughbred race, but since 2011 that has been run at Haydock Park. The other major race run at Bath is the Lansdown Fillie’s Stakes, which is a 5f race for three to six-year-olds generally run in April or May. As well as this, Bath hosts several annual themed and charity events, often aimed at children during school holidays as a way to make a day at the races more applicable to the younger generation, as well as being a family friendly experience.

Dining and Hospitality

Bath offers three different food and hospitality packages, as well as the option of a bespoke package should you wish to have a different menu to those initially provided. The Crescent package costs £110 per person and provides unrivalled service and comfort to all customers. The Lansdown package at £85 per person – and the Fillies and Colts package at £69 per person – offer slightly less in terms of what you receive for your money, but customers taking up these packages are still treated with the same high quality facilities and accessibility.

Bath racecourse is also available on non-race days for hire for private functions and business events, with the hiring of a conference room for a function coming at a price of just £32 per person. Similarly, Bath is very popular as a wedding venue, with many people choosing to celebrate their big day there, as they pride themselves on the quality you experience should you choose to offer them your custom.

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