Welcome to our official guide to Bangor On Dee Racecourse.
We explore this small Welsh racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, the top local hotel picks, travel information, Bangor-on-dee fixtures and betting guides.
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Find out more about Bangor Racecourse now:
- 1 Overview of Bangor Racecourse
- 2 Bangor Racecourse History
- 3 Bangor Racecourse Map
- 4 Main Races and Events Held at Bangor Racecourse
- 5 Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
- 7 Bangor Races 2024
- 8 Bangor Racecard and Bangor-on-Dee Race Tips
- 9 Other Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse Events
- 10 Best Bangor Races Betting Sites
- 11 Bangor-on-Dee Betting Guide
- 12 Bangor On Dee Races Facts
- 13 Popular Questions
- 14 Summary of Bangor Racecourse and Bangor-on-Dee races
- 15 Other Racecourses in The UK and Ireland
Overview of Bangor Racecourse
Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, or just Bangor Racecourse as it is often known, is one of three active racecourses in Wales and the only one in the north of the country.
Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse hosts National Hunt racing and although isn’t well known nationally, can boast the title of being the only horseracing venue in the country without a grandstand!
Despite not having a traditional grandstand, Bangor does have all the other modern hospitality facilities that you’d expect – restaurants, bars, conference facilities and private raceday facilities for hire. It’s just all more ground-level than is often the case with racecourses. The lack of tall buildings on-site does mean that there are some great views out across the Welsh countryside, so the surroundings are unique and offer great photo opportunities.
Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse is owned independently by the same firm that owns Chester Racecourse and the two venues share a Course Clerk. The company also own an on-site (at Chester) Holiday Inn Express Hotel, two on-site restaurants and a bar in Chester city centre: the Commonhall Social.
Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse has a schedule of around 15 race fixtures a year and racing takes place all year round, albeit with busier events in late autumn and winter.
The track at Bangor is left-handed and fairly sharp, almost triangular in shape. Surface undulations are minor, and the fences are regarded as being pretty stiff. Races are well-run at Bangor-on-Dee, mainly because horses are almost always on the turn.
Bangor Racecourse History
Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse has hosted National Hunt racing since 1859, and other than the World Wars and coronavirus pandemic has continued uninterrupted since.
The first-ever race was for a prize of fifty guineas and was contested between the Hon Lloyd Kenyon and Richard Myddleton Biddulph of Chirk Castle. Richard won easily, but the crowds drawn to the race cemented the popularity of Bangor-on-Dee as a racing venue. An annual meeting was arranged on the back of the ‘hype’ locally.
The hurdles track was constructed in 1947 when racing resumed after World War II, and in 1953, a proper stable block and accommodation for stable staff was built.
Amateur point-to-point racing has taken place at Bangor since 2006 inside of the regular track, with races run right-handed at Bangor for the first time.
In 2018, new facilities for trainers and owners were opened but still no grandstand – and for now, it looks as though Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse won’t ever have one on its site!
Bangor Racecourse Map
Below is a map of Bangor-on-dee racecourse:
The track at Bangor is left-handed and fairly sharp. It has minor undulations throughout.
Fences are known to be stiff, and races on both the hurdles and chase courses are typically well-run affairs.
Main Races and Events Held at Bangor Racecourse
Bangor doesn’t have a packed racing calendar, nor does it attract a great deal of large prominent events – but that’s primarily because of its size and the fact that, of course, it doesn’t have a grandstand to house all of its spectators. That said, the charity events hosted at Bangor-on-Dee are always popular, and jockey Tony McCoy frequently makes a point of racing in them.
Corporate brands sponsor most race meets, so change their names year on year. Whilst none of these could be considered ‘major’ in the industry, one does carry a hefty prize fund: the Anne Duchess of Westminster Memorial Handicap Steeple Chase is worth £26,000!
Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse Address
The address of Bangor Racecourse is:
How To Get To Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
The ways to get to Bangor races are:
- By road – it is just a 25-min drive from Chester and well signposted from the A483. Motorists travelling from all directions can follow signs to Wrexham and then use local signage. Car parking is totally free, and many attending choose to erect a gazebo near their cars – this can be done for a one-off fee of £10.
- By train – Wrexham General Station is the nearest rail station to the racecourse and is served by free shuttle buses every race day. Taxis are available outside Wrexham General at all times, and it’s less than a 15-min journey away.
- By bus – buses aren’t great here (this is rural Wales, after all!), but local and national routes serve Wrexham.
- By air – helicopters can land but must be arranged in advance – and the exact landing area can change, so further communication on the day of travel may need to be made.
Bangor Races 2024
Here is the horse racing calendar for Bangor Races in 2024:
Check out our guide for the full list of British horse racing fixtures in 2024.
Bangor Racecard and Bangor-on-Dee Race Tips
You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information.
Other Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse Events
Many spectators are attracted to Bangor for its point-to-point racing; which while amateur, is far from low quality.
Point-to-point provides a completely different race experience to that of regular horseracing but is a great way for racegoers to cheaply spend a day out and see some up-and-coming talent in terms of both jockeys and horses.
Best Bangor Races Betting Sites
At British Racecourses, we often recommend betting online and via apps when going to the races. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely. Check out the best UK betting sites guide for trip to Bangor.
Bangor-on-Dee Betting Guide
Going to Bangor-on-Dee doesn’t mean you need to bet but for many racegoers, it’s part of the whole raceday experience.
With good on course wifi and 4G mobile phone connections, online betting at Bangor-on-Dee is a great choice.
Be sure to check out some amazing betting bonuses here from a variety of sites:
- New Betting Sites – there are some exciting new bookies on the market.
- Top Betting Sites – the established names here are what we consider the best betting sites around
- Free Bet Offers – these sites offer great bonuses for new punters
- Betting Apps – check out the best around for those who like to bet online and via mobiles
Betting Shops Local to Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
Here are the local betting shops nearest to Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse:
- Ladbrokes betting shop – 19 High St, Wrexham LL13 8HP
- Betfred betting shop – 34 Regent St, Llandudno, Wrexham LL11 1SA
- William Hill betting shop – 27, 31 Lord St, Wrexham LL11 1LS
Bangor On Dee’s On Course Bookmakers
There are approximately 8 Bangor Totes based on the track or any of the independent bookmakers
It’s better to visit the parade ring before placing your bets as seeing the horses could change your mind and that one horse could catch your eye.
Bangor On Dee Races Facts
Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse is a horse racing venue located in Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham County Borough, Wales.
- It is situated on the banks of the River Dee, close to the border with England.
- The racecourse is owned and operated by Chester Race Company Ltd.
- It hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing.
- The course is a left-handed oval of around 1 mile 5 furlongs (2,414 m) in length.
- The course record for the National Hunt course is held by Mr Mulligan, who ran the 3 miles 5 furlongs (5,834 m) in 6 minutes 8.6 seconds in 1998.
- The course is used for National Hunt racing and is one of the most popular jumps courses in Wales.
- It hosts around 18 fixtures each year.
- The most valuable race held at the course is the Grade 3 Betfair Novices’ Chase, which is run over 2 miles and 1 furlong (3,330 metres).
- The course has been voted as the ‘Best Small Racecourse’ in Wales for the last 3 years.
✅How do you get to Bangor Races?
The ways to get to Bangor racecourse are:
- By road – Bangor is just a 25-min drive from Chester and well signposted from the A483. Motorists travelling from all directions can follow signs to Wrexham and then use local signage. Car parking is totally free and many attending choose to erect a gazebo near their cars – this can be done for a one-off fee of £10.
- By train – Wrexham General Station is the nearest rail station to the racecourse and is served by free shuttle buses every race day. Taxis are available outside Wrexham General at all times and it’s less than a 15-min journey away.
- By bus – Buses aren’t great here (this is rural North Wales, after all!), but Wrexham is served by local and national routes.
- By air – Helicopters can land at Bangor but must be arranged in advance – and the exact landing area can change, so further communication on the day of travel may need to be made.
✅What is the address of Bangor Racecourse?
The address of Bangor on Dee Races is:
✅Who owns Bangor-on-Dee racecourse?
Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse is owned by Chester Racecourse Ltd.
✅Is Bangor-on-Dee in England or Wales?
Bangor-on-Dee is in North Wales.
Summary of Bangor Racecourse and Bangor-on-Dee races
A charming, small racetrack, close to the River Dee and a left-handed jumps racecourse, Bangor is something of a hidden gem of a course owned by the Chester race company. Its setting is the glorious countryside of Wales.
Although it has no grandstand, it has great facilities and customer service, which is why it has remained a popular destination for years. It is a brilliant days racing.
Although Bangor on dee horse racing, doesn’t host many major races, the racing it does has is always competitive and well-ran.
Local jockey & trainer combo Donald McCains horses often run well here.
If you are looking for a stunning, quiet and popular racecourse, Bangor could be for you. Highly recommended by the teams here.
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