Beverley Racecourse Guide

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

Overview

Situated in the East Yorkshire town of Beverley, Beverley Racecourse has a long and rich history that’s small, friendly, considered ‘fair’ and is popular with locals and horseracing fans alike.

One of six horseracing courses in Yorkshire, Beverley Racecourse has long been a small, but firm, fixture on the British racing scene. Situated walking distance from the town centre of Beverley, the course is small (but perfectly formed!) and always considered friendly as it takes on a typical ‘Yorkshire hospitality’ feel. Its proximity to the town means that you’re as likely to find locals at a day at the races as you are hardcore racing fans, and everyone in the area is on-hand to give directions, advice and recommendations. Beverley Racecourse isn’t the smallest racecourse in the country, but it certainly feels like it once you experience its inclusive, welcoming atmosphere; everyone can feel at home here. Industry experts have described Beverley Racecourse as “unpretentious but agreeable”, and we’d agree!

Beverley Racecourse is particularly accessible for all, due to its transport links and low ticket prices – day passes can be obtained for basic enclosures from just £4. There are no dress codes anywhere in the course other than in the premier enclosure.

Beverley Racecourse’s track is a right-handed round course measuring just over a mile and three furlongs. There’s an uphill finish, but it isn’t considered particularly stiff or tough, and has a relatively short run-in of two and a half furlongs. It’s a good galloping horse and tends to favour different types of racers dependent on the going.

Beverley Racecourse prides itself on its equine welfare and works extremely closely with the British Horseracing ‘The Horse Comes First’ campaign to help ensure the utmost quality care is supplied to the horses who train in the area, race at the course, and retire after having had a career in racing.

Racecourse History

Racing in Beverley can be documented as far back as over 300 years’ ago, and the founding of The Jockey Club in 1752 really formalised its presence in the town. With the founding of The Jockey Club, the occasional racing at nearby Westwood Pasture was recognised, and Beverley Racecourse was founded. The first grandstand at the site of Beverley Racecourse was funded, and it was completed in 1767. It cost £1,000 and gave locals somewhere to go with a structured race calendar and up-to-date (for the time then!) facilities.

Despite there definitely being an appetite for horseracing locally, the sport never quite found its regular home at Beverley Racecourse. Racing halted for years at a time and the course fell into disrepair periodically. It wasn’t until the 19th century that racing finally settled and demand grew to spectate the sport. A three-day meeting was booked in every spring, and local trainer Richard Watt began to gain notoriety as he trained his horses locally. Four of those horses went on to win the St Leger, including the now famous Altisidora!

Beverley Racecourse continued to grow from strength to strength and began to feature some of the more prominent races in the British calendar, even giving the nearby York Racecourse a run for its money competition-wise! Legendary Grand National winner Red Rum raced at Beverley Racecourse, and drew lots of attention locally. Indeed, Red Rum only finished fifth – which goes to show just how unpredictable this course can be.

Main Races and Events

Whilst Beverley Racecourse is no longer one of the most prominent venues in the British horseracing scene, it does still host some big-name races. The two biggest are the Hilary Needer Trophy and the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes. The former takes place every May, over five furlongs for horses aged three years and up, and the latter every August, over five furlongs for horses aged two years and up.

Beverley Racecourse Map

Beverley Racecourse Map
Courtesy of At The Races.

Beverley Racecourse Address

Beverley Racecourse
York Road
Beverley
HU17 8QZ

How To Get To Beverley Racecourse

Beverley Racecourse is easily accessible by road and has plentiful free parking on the nearby grassy Westwood Pasture. Parking on-site (only a few minutes’ walk closer) is payable and can be booked in advanced with tickets. Beverley train station is less than two miles away from the course, and due a one-way road system, is quicker to reach on-foot rather than by road! As a result, lots of people walk from the station. Bus services to Beverley town centre run regularly from Hull, York and Leeds.

Hotels Near Beverley Racecourse

Beverley isn’t a large town, but there are some hotels and accommodation options in the centre. The Tudor Rose Hotel and the Beverley Arms Hotel are the two most formal options, with more budget-friendly choices including Hunter’s Hall, the Lairgate Hotel and The King’s Head Restaurant and Rooms.

There are no chain hotels in Beverley itself, but you’ll find all the usual names in nearby Hull and York. The proximity of the train station to Beverley Racecourse means that lots of racegoers attend for the day then use the train to travel elsewhere thereafter, rather than staying in Beverley itself.

Also, check out the fantastic range of brilliant hotels available via Booking.com below:

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Betting Shops Local to Beverley Racecourse

Beverley Racecourse has Tote betting facilities and independent bookmakers alongside the track if you fancy a flutter. Mobile signal isn’t always great in the area, so online betting is best done before you arrive.

There’s a branch of Betfred in Beverley town centre and an independent bookies called Chisholm Bookmakers Ltd. If you’re after a specific brand of betting shop, Hull is the nearest city with lots of options to bet, although there are branches of William Hill, Megabet and Ladbrokes in residential suburbs nearby.

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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.

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Other Events

Beverley Racecourse is too small a course to host a packed calendar of non-racing events, but there are some party nights and music performances, particularly over the summer months. The venue is also open for private hire and frequently hosts weddings and civil partnership ceremonies.

Beverley Racecourse 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 Beverley:

BEVERLEY WEATHER

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