The UK loves to gamble, this is proven by the number of bingo halls on our high street and the fact that Slot Games can be enjoyed inside just about every bar. However, if you want to enjoy a more refined day out which involves gambling, a trip to the races is for you!

There’s no shortage of racecourses in the UK, with over 60 for you to enjoy,  some of which are more famous than others and each of which offer something unique that makes them special.

Below, we’ve listed our five top racecourses in the UK that you may want to visit and check off your list.


Talking about horse racing without mentioning Ascot is difficult.  It’s particularly picturesque in the summer when they host a five day festival for racing fans. They host fantastic entertainment, as well as food and drink that draws a crowd.  The racecourse was founded in 1711 by none other than Queen Anne and has more recently catered for Queen Elizabeth II.  Every year a member of the Royal family is in attendance, bringing publicity and increasing appeal.  This racecourse oozes traditional style which is what makes it stand out.


The location makes Cheltenham racecourse a very pretty place for a day out. It’s  set in the heart of the Cotswolds and has been around since 1815 – so you can imagine the history involved.  It’s grandiose with crowds of up to 68,000 attending on race days.  It looks it’s best at the self titled Cheltenham Festival which runs over four days and can at times be a star-studded affair. Regarded as the most popular National Hunt meeting in the world, it’s difficult to argue with the pedigree of this course.


Newmarket is probably one of the most renowned racecourses in the world – and is widely recognised as the home of horse racing.  Newmarket’s history in racing spans over three centuries.  They have two tracks that are in action at different times of the season.  As well as the courses themselves, there are also training years which means that the course is incredibly popular for racehorse owners and trainers.  It’s expertly designed, and one of the most beautiful courses in the UK.


As a 4 time winner of Best Racecourse in Britain, it’s an understatement to say that York racecourse is award-winning.  If you visit this course you can expect to see flat racing hosted in the summer months – usually a glitzy and glam affair with high profile people In attendance.  Looking around the racecourse you’ll notice that the views are stunning, especially in the warmer weather when it’s sunny. To top it off, you can enjoy all kinds of picturesque scenery whilst you’re in the area of York as well as some high-quality racing.


The Windsor racecourse is unique in its design.  It’s a figure of 8 shape which gives instant recognisability.  The racecourse often gets prefixed by ‘Royal’, making it the ‘Royal Windsor’ which only adds to the prestige and appeal.  Thanks to its location and the royal connection, there’s a lot of history to be enjoyed here too, with races beginning in 1866.  The racecourse is particularly busy in August when the Winter Hill stakes are on.

If you’re a racecourse fanatic or are merely looking for a unique day out – these racecourses should be on the top of your list.