Our handy betting shops guide will help you find bookmakers near to you should be looking to place a bet in person at your local bookies.
As you can imagine across the UK there are thousands of betting shops and lots of choice, however, if you have a hot tip and a race is off soon, you’ll want to the find the nearest betting office to you 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 and more, to help your quest to find the nearest bookies to your current location, whether that is a busy high-street or in a small village.
- 1 Betting Shop Locations By Betting Brand
- 2 Betting Shop Locations – Interactive Location Map
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions
- 3.1 How many bookmakers are in the UK?
- 3.2 How many shops does William Hill?
- 3.3 How many Coral shops are there in the UK?
- 3.4 How many Betfred shops are there?
- 3.5 Who is the biggest bookmaker in the UK?
- 3.6 What are betting shops?
- 3.7 How does a betting shop work?
- 3.8 Why is a betting shop called a “bookmakers”?
- 3.9 Do bookmakers make money?
- 4 Summary
- 5 Online Betting Options
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 include these current top bookmakers:
- Betfred betting shops
- Coral betting shops
- William Hill betting shops
- Ladbrokes betting shops
- Paddy Power betting shops
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 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.
Check out our interactive map of all the bookies locations in the UK:
Frequently Asked Questions
The most popular questions we get asked are below:
How many bookmakers are in the UK?
As of January 2021 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.
How many shops does William Hill?
William Hill has 1500 shops in the UK. However, as William Hill does not expect customers to return in the numbers seen before the Covid-19 pandemic, they have looked to close 119 betting shops, which is a real shame for staff and local punters.
How many Coral shops are there in the UK?
Coral has 1,845 shops across the United Kingdom.
Coral is now owned by GVC Holdings since merging to form Ladbrokes Coral.
How many Betfred shops are there?
Betfred has over 1,650 betting shops throughout the United Kingdom. Betfred acquired 322 premises due to the merger between fellow bookmakers Ladbrokes and Coral.
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 the 2nd place.
Paddy Power’s purchase of Betfair to merge now makes them the 3rd largest in the UK.
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 work 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.
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.
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.
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.
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: