Betting Shops Near Me

Our handy betting shops near me guide will help you find bookmakers close to you, should be looking to place a bet in person at your local bookies there is probably one closer than you think. 

As you can imagine, across the UK there are thousands of betting shops and lots of choices, however, if you have a hot tip and a race is off soon, you’ll want to find the nearest betting office to get your bet on and also watch the race live should you want to.

In our local betting shops guides, we give information such as opening and closing times, full addresses, local information and more, to help in your quest to find the nearest bookies to your current location – whether that is a busy high-street or in a small village.

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Betting Shop Locations By Betting Brand

As you know there are lots of different betting brand to choose from when you look to place a bet in person.

When betting in-person at a bookies, most punters tend to stick with the bookmaker that they use all the time. We are creatures of habit!

In light of that, we have listed the betting shops in our guide by the most popular brands so you can find the bookmaker of your preference. If you follow the links below you will then be given the location and information on that brand of bookmaker (and the importantly the one closest to you).

Our betting shop brands full listings and shop locator include these current top bookmakers:

Our lists of betting shop companies above – all of whom have multiple high street shops – are updated regularly, so we endeavour to keep all the information up to date.

Any one over the age of 18 years old can place bets at a UK betting shop, although remember you may be requested to supply legal identification (ID) to prove your age.

Betting Shop Locations – Interactive Location Map

If you aren’t too concerned about which high street betting shop you use in terms of brands but you’d just like to put a bet on or watch a race, you may just want the closest bookie to you (regardless of who they are). If that is the case our map below is the best way to find the best betting shop near you, wherever you may be. Many people are often surprised about how many betting shops there are to choose from.

Check out our interactive map of all the bookies locations and shops across the UK:

This “nearest bookies map” shows leading betting shop brands including Ladbrokes, William Hill, Betfred, Coral and Paddy Power. The individual pages contain information on the opening times of bookmakers near you – wherever that is!

Bookmakers in London

Most betting shops are situated in the capital city of London.

Check out our comprehensive guide to all the betting shops based in London.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many bookmakers are in the UK?

As of December 2022 there is a total of 8,160 betting shops in the UK.

The betting companies with the largest quantity of premises in the United Kingdom are; Betfred, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

With so many shops it is easy to place a bet wherever you are. Check out our shop locator to find the new nearest to you.


Why is a betting shop called a "bookmakers"?

A betting shop is commonly known as bookmakers because they make “the book” in terms of odds on the betting events.

Bookmaking as a profession is known from the time of ancient Rome, when betting on the outcome of gladiatorial matches or chariot races was widespread.

The term bookies are short for “bookmakers” who is someone who facilitates odds, accepts bets, and pays out winnings on behalf of the punter.


What are betting shops?

A betting shop is a shop away from a horse racing racecourse (sometimes referred to as “off-course”) where a punter can legally place bets in person with a licensed bookmaker on the result of a horse racing event.

The licensed bettings shops accept bets on all major horse racing events, greyhound racing and other sports, such as football, rugby, tennis and more.


How does a betting shop work?

A betting shops works by accepting bets over the counter via cashiers from punters, the betting shops will payout on winning bets wagered.

The atmosphere inside bookmakers can be fun when cheering your selection home and many people enjoy the social benefits it brings to their lives.

Betting odds are the chances of winning set against the chances of losing. The bigger the odds of your selection the higher amount of winnings you can win.


Do bookmakers make money?

Bookmakers make money by accepting bets at a certain price and laying the odds at a higher amount. A sportsbook bookmaker accepts bets and they pay money out every time one of their punters wins a bet.

The business model for bookmakers is to take more money in than payout in winnings.

Bookmakers can’t control the outcome of sporting events like horse racing, but they can control how much they stand to win or lose on any particular event.


Who is the biggest bookmaker in the UK?

The biggest bookmaker in the United Kingdom is Ladbrokes Coral which is owned by GVC Holdings.

William Hill used to be the biggest bookmaker in UK betting, but Coral’s acquisition by Ladbrokes in 2016 pushed them to 2nd place.

Paddy Power’s purchase of Betfair to merge now makes them the 3rd largest in the UK.

You will normally find one of these bookies near your current location. wherever you may be!


Summary of UK Betting Shops Near Me

Betting in-person, in betting shops, is often a great experience – even if sadly something of a dying way to place bets. Before the evolution of online betting and betting with apps, punters would place all bets in person at an official bookmaker. A local betting shop was often at the heart of a local community like a baker, butcher and florist!

There was something exciting about going into your local bookies, reading the Racing Post, looking through the form, getting a coffee and placing your bets – you’ll be glad to know that this option still exists!

That said, bookmaker shops are still a necessity, especially if you want to place a bet in a hurry, watch a race, soak up some atmosphere or just spend some time amongst like-minded people. And our betting shop guide has been put together to help you find bookmakers local to you, so you can enjoy all of the benefits listed above.

Online Betting Options

If you need to get a bet on but you can’t get to a betting shop it may be quicker to open a new online betting account, the below come highly recommended and have great offers for new customers, check them out today:

We hoped you have found our “betting shops near me” guide useful which showcases lots of betting shops across- and good luck!


As the Founder of British Racecourses, I have a life-long passion for horse racing and have loved the sport as long as I can remember. I am also a keen racehorse owner and have worked in the gambling industry for several years. I set up British Racecourses with the desire to share my passion for racing with other like-minded people.