Bath Racecourse Guide

Welcome to our official guide to Bath Racecourse. In this section we explore this stunning racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the race track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!

Bath Races

Overview of Bath Racecourse

Bath Racecourse is situated just three-and-a-half miles north of spa city Bath, and five from Bristol. It is a small but perfectly formed racecourse, and despite its size, has cemented its place as one of the most important racecourses in Britain. The Lansdown plateau on which its set is picturesque and means its popular a course for attendees to enjoy a ‘countryside picnic’! The spa city of Bath is popular with a middle-class tourist demographic, and Bath Racecourse is no different.

Despite its size, it remains one of the top flat racing courses in the country and interestingly is also the highest, at some 780ft above sea level (there are two National Hunt courses higher, however: Hexham and Exeter).

The racecourse’s popularity with tourists means that refurbishments and investments have looked to balance modern hospitality with a traditional ‘English racing’ feel – and the owners of the venue, the Arena Racing Company, have done so brilliantly. Millions of pounds have been invested by ARC, with the most recent round seeing development completed back in 2016. The dining and hospitality options are second-to-none; perhaps unexpected for a course of this size.

The Bath Racecourse track is a flat racing sharp left-handed oval track, set on a hill with fantastic views of the city of Bath below. Its hilltop location means that weather and wind can often be challenging. The track measures one mile, four furlongs and 25-yards long, with a half-mile-long run-in. Even though it’s already up a hill, the finish is uphill too – so this isn’t a course to be taken lightly and needs good preparation and training to conquer.

Nineteen racedays are held at Bath Racecourse annually, with lots of other events happening too. Its popularity with tourists means that it is primarily focused on punter-attracting minor race meets, but there are one or two notable events in the calendar.

Bath Racecourse’s scenic surroundings make it also popular as a wedding and celebration venue, with it being booked up years ahead for private non-racing events!

The Racecourse History

Records of horseracing in the city of Bath go back as far as 1728, albeit not quite in the same location as is held today. The first instance of racing on the current course dates to 1811, when a local family, the Blathwayts held a two-day race meet. For many years, this was the only event annually, but as the popularity of horseracing grew and the sport became more mainstream, the venue took on a busier racing calendar.

The course, as all others in Britain, took a temporary break from horseracing during World War II, when it was used as a landing strip for the RAF.

Bath Racecourse really hit headlines in 1953 when it became the venue for a criminal plot. A gang sourced a near-identical horse to one running at odds 10-1, and substituted it knowing it was considerably faster. They heavily bet on the substitute and then damaged the venue’s power supply, knowing it would cause confusion. Their house won easily but bookmakers became suspicious at the rapid and high betting levels and contacted the authorities. The gang were subsequently all arrested and brought to justice.

In 2016, the most recent development of the course was finished and the new Langridge Grandstand opened. This included a canopied roof garden and wedding license, which has led to Bath Racecourse becoming a popular venue fixture on the local wedding scene.

Bath Racecourse Map

Bath Racecourse Map

Bath is a left handed course. The round course is a long oval shaped course which is just over 1 and a half miles around. The home straight is 4 furlongs with a steady rise and turn. It is galloping in nature so often a strong stayer or and ability to see the trip out is very important. It is the highest flat racecourse in the country and has no watering facility so the ground can get very firm during a dry summer.

The Main Races and Events Held at The Racecourse

The two main events at Bath Racecourse are the Lansdown Fillies’ Stakes and the Beckford Stakes. The former takes place in April annually and is run over five furlongs and ten yards. Set up in 1999, it recently celebrated its 20th birthday and is easily the most attended race at Bath Racecourse! The latter is held every October and is a listed flat race run over one mile and four furlongs. It was created in 2016 as a new listed race and has already gained such popularity that it’s become a firm fixture in Bath’s schedule and is renowned by all ‘in the industry’.

The Dick Hern Fillies’ Stakes was one of Bath’s most popular race meets, but was moved to Haydock Park in 2011

Bath Racecourse Address

Bath Racecourse
Lansdown
Bath
BA1 9BU

How To Get To Bath Racecourse

  • By car – Bath Racecourse is well signposted on all main roads from both Bath and Bristol, and offers free car parking year-round (with the choice to upgrade to priority parking for a fee on racedays). The address for your stat nav is Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9BU
  • By rail – the nearest rail station is Bath Spa, which is about a 15-min cab ride away and takes only 10-mins from Bristol.
  • By air – passengers are best to arrive at Bristol International Airport, less than 20 miles away, and the on-site helipad can be booked in advance.

Hotels near Bath Racecourse

Nearby Bath is an absolutely beautiful place to visit and stay. It’s quite the tourist destination, so you may find you need to book well in advance, but check out The Bear, The Z Hotel and The Harington’s Hotel. You’ll find all of the usual chain hotels in the city, too (and in nearby Bristol, where you may find greater availability). For the best offers and current deals check out: 
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Best Bath Races Betting Sites

At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and via apps. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely without having to queue.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals with some amazing offers for new customers:

Bath Betting Guide

Attending Bath Racecourse doesn’t always mean you need to place a bet.

There is plenty of options for what to do at the racecourse, read on to find out more.

Online Betting

With good 3G, 4G and Wifi, people can bet online, this is a frequent option for people at Bath races.

Check out the brilliant betting bonuses here:

Local Betting Shops

Here are the local bookmakers closest to Bath Racecourse:

  • William Hill – 11, Fountain Buildings, Bath BA1 5DU
  • Betfred – 5 Walcot St, Bath BA1 5BN
  • Coral – Westpoint, Unit C, Avon St, Bath BA1 1UN

On Course Bookmakers

You’ll find Tote shops and traditional bookmakers shops on-site at Bath Racecourse, as well as independent bookmakers outside the Langridge Grandstand. WiFi is available throughout the course for online betting, but there may be a charge, depending on your enclosure.

These on-course bookies at Bath are the best part of the betting experience, the best odds on every race are worth the search for.

Bath Racecourse Guide

Bath Weather

Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable. Here’s the current weather forecast for Bath:
BATH WEATHER

Other Events Held at The Track

Bath hosts a whole range of non-horseracing events, including live music gigs, weddings and themed occasions. Their ‘Gin and Fizz’ tasting evenings are exceptionally popular for those looking for a bit of a different night out, second only to ‘Rum and Reggae’! Bath Racecourse is also an extremely popular wedding venue, and is often booked up some years in advance.

Summary

Bath is a stunning and historical course. Popular with tourists and locals alike it is the highest course in the country with views looking over the beautiful city. A visit to the city is always superb and we highly recommend combining a race meeting with a stay for a few days. Quality racing and a quintessentially English feel, make sure Bath is on your to-do list!

Other Racecourses

Our team as of April 2021 have reviewed these racecourse that are also worth a visit: