Bangor on Dee Racecourse

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, betting guides and even the weather.

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Bangor on Dee Racecourse

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

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:

Bangor Races Map
Courtesy of At The Races

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:

Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
Althrey Court
Bangor-on-Dee
Wrexham
LL13 0DA

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.

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 are 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 which have great availability and prices:
Booking.com

2022 Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse Fixtures

The current Bangor-on-Dee fixtures for 2022 are:

  • The MansionBet New Year Meeting – 13 January 2022
  • The Sky Sports Racing Winter Meeting – 11 February 2022
  • Sunday Raceday – 13 March 2022
  • Bangor-on-Dee Races Grand National Celebration – 9 April 2022
  • Family Funday – 14 May 2022
  • The Spring Meeting – 24 May 2022
  • Ladies Day – 29 July 2022
  • Family Fun Evening – 15 August 2022
  • The Summer Meeting – 23 August 2022
  • The Clywd Special Riding Centre Charity Day – 28 September 2022
  • Halloween Day – 25 October 2022
  • Early November Meeting – 9 November 2022
  • Late November Meeting – 26 November 2022
  • Christmas Special – 9 December 2022

The above is the full list of Bangor-on-dee races 2022.

Bangor Races 2023

Here is the horse racing calendar for Bangor Races in 2023:

Date Weekday Course Type
12/1/2023 Thursday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
10/2/2023 Friday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
25/3/2023 Saturday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
22/4/2023 Saturday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
20/5/2023 Saturday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
10/6/2023 Saturday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
4/8/2023 Friday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
21/8/2023 Monday Bangor-On-Dee Evening – Jump – Turf
5/9/2023 Tuesday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
4/10/2023 Wednesday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
31/10/2023 Tuesday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
15/11/2023 Wednesday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
2/12/2023 Saturday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf
15/12/2023 Friday Bangor-On-Dee Afternoon – Jump – Turf

Check out our guide for the full list of British horse racing fixtures in 2023.

Bangor Racecard and Bangor-on-Dee Race Tips

The racecards for the Bangor races are released the day before the races take place, find out where to view racecards here – tomorrow’s racecards and today’s racecards.

You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information.

Bangor Weather

It’s important to keep up with 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:
BANGOR WEATHER

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 Races
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Race 6 ROA/Racing Post Owners’Jackpot Handicap Hurdle. Winner #5 Magic Mustard
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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.

Online Betting

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

There are no betting shops in Bangor-on-Dee itself, but nearby Wrexham has branches of Coral, William Hill, Corbett Bookmakers, Betfred and Ladbrokes.

Here are the local betting shops nearest to Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse:

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 on course bookmakers

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.

Popular Questions

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:

Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse
Althrey Court
Bangor-on-Dee
Wrexham
LL13 0DA

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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