Welcome to our official guide to Bangor On Dee Racecourse. In this section we explore this small Welsh racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, hotel picks, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview of Bangor Races
- 2 Racecourse History
- 3 Bangor Racecourse Map
- 4 Main Races and Events Held at The Course
- 5 Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
- 7 Hotels near Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
- 8 Betting Shops Local to Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
- 9 Bangor Weather
- 10 Other Events Held at The Racecourse
- 11 Best Bangor Races Betting Sites
- 12 Summary of Bangor Races
- 13 Other Racecourses in The UK and Ireland
Overview of Bangor Races
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, conferencing 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’s 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 own Chester Racecourse, and the two venues share a Course Clerk. Chester is a flat racing course. 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-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
The track 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 The Course
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.
Most race meets are sponsored by corporate brands 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
How To Get To Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
- 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 Wrexham is served by local and national routes.
- 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.
Hotels near Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
Bangor-on-Dee itself isn’t particularly large, so you won’t find chain hotels in the town but fear not: there’s plenty of accommodation options around!
The Buck House Hotel sits in the town centre and is a buzzing local pub with basic rooms available. It’s close, and it’s a great option for those not looking to travel too far after the race action ends. In nearby Wrexham, you’ll find some more of the well-known names: Ramada Jarvis Plaza and Premier Inn Express. Guesthouses and other independent accommodation options include the Wynnstay Arms, The Albion Hotel, The Lexfmon Tree and The Grove Guest House. When booking we always suggest looking at Booking.com who have great availability and prices:
Betting Shops Local to Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
Bangor isn’t typical with its betting options – not least of course, because you can’t just head into the grandstand and find the nearest kiosk! There were standard Tote windows throughout the course until 2012, when the management replaced them all with their own betting system: bangorBET. The course has plenty of material available explaining the bangorBET system, so ask for help, read up, and have a flutter! You can also find independent bookmakers at trackside, but given the size of the course, there’s never very many, so bet early to avoid queuing.
There are no betting shops in Bangor-on-Dee itself but nearby Wrexham has branches of Coral, William Hill, Corbett Bookmakers, Betfred and Ladbrokes.
It’s important to keep up the weather when arranging your trip to the races, so you are up to date with ground conditions and also so you can choose the right outfit. Here’s the latest weather for Bangor:
Other Events Held at The Racecourse
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.
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Summary of Bangor Races
A charming, small racecourse, close to the River Dee, Bangor is something of a hidden gem of a course. Although it has no grandstand it has great facilities and customer service, which is why it has remained a popular destination for years. Although it 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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