Welcome to our official guide to Goodwood Racecourse. In this section we explore this stunning flat racing racecourse in detail, looking at its history, Glorious Goodwood, a guide to the track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview
- 2 Racecourse History
- 3 Main Races and Events
- 4 Goodwood Racecourse Map
- 5 Goodwood Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Goodwood Racecourse
- 7 Hotels Near Goodwood Racecourse
- 8 Best Goodwood Betting Sites
- 9 Betting Shops Local to Goodwood Racecourse
- 10 Goodwood Racecourse Fixtures
- 11 Goodwood Racecourse Weather
- 12 Other Events
- 13 Summary
- 14 Other racecourses
Part of the historical and picturesque Goodwood Hall estate, Goodwood Racecourse shares its home with the hall itself, two golf courses, a cricket course, a racing circuit, an aerodrome and the headquarters of prestigious car manufacturer Rolls-Royce! It’s right at home as part of ‘England’s Greatest Sporting Estate’.
The name ‘Goodwood’ is synonymous with luxury, prestige and lavish events. Goodwood Racecourse, part of the estate, is no different – and is considered one of the best racecourses in Britain.
Just 10 miles from the coast and slightly north of Chichester, Goodwood Racecourse sits next to Trundle Iron Age Fort, which is often used as an informal grandstand for spectators to watch all of the racing action. That said, it needs to be on a clear day, as the proximity to the seaside means that it often gets foggy, particularly in the mornings and evenings!
An unusual track, Goodwood has six straight furlongs; uphill for the first and mainly downhill for the rest. A tight right-handed loop at the far end allows longer distance races to join. The course is used for flat turf racing only. It’s notoriously difficult to manage and only the most experienced and skilful of jockeys can win here. Traffic frequently happens on the corners and the undulations are more severe than you’ll find elsewhere. It’ll be no surprise to hear that the stewards at Goodwood are amongst the best in the world!
As the jewel in the Goodwood crown, it’s no surprise that there’s plenty of media interest in the race days here. For 2 years in the 1960s, ITV covered its summer meetings and Channel 4 showed it occasionally in the 2000s, but otherwise, it was exclusively covered by the BBC for a full 50 years! Now the coverage switches to whoever owns the British racing contract at the given time.
The history Goodwood Racecourse stretches back over 200 years. In 1801, the third Duke of Richmond (who lived in Goodwood Hall, of course) held a private race meet for the members of his Hunt and the local militia, and the year after, the first public met was held.
The course quickly gained the nickname ‘Glorious Goodwood’ from the press and the summer meets fast became ‘must-attend’ events amongst the well-heeled; albeit perhaps more for the partying than the racing! King Edward VII was famously quoted as saying that Goodwood was “just a garden party… with racing tacked on”.
When racing resumed in the UK after WWII, Goodwood’s popularity soared again. The record for attendance was reached in 1953, when 55,000 people turned up all on one day!
Today, Goodwood Racecourse continues to enjoy success and welcomes over 100,000 racegoers annually as part of the Goodwood Festival. Its reputation remains tip-top and it’s certainly still a must-go venue for racing fans all over the country.
Main Races and Events
Goodwood Racecourse is home to 19 days of horseracing every year, but the biggest and most prominent event of them all is undoubtedly the ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival (also known as the Qatar Goodwood Festival, as it is literally sponsored by Qatar!). There are three Group 1 races held during the festival – the Sussex Stakes, the Nassau Stakes and the Goodwood Cup – as well as the Steward’s Cup. The festival is held in July or August annually and is very much a staple in the summer schedule for racing fans in the UK.
Goodwood Racecourse Map
Goodwood Racecourse Address
How To Get To Goodwood Racecourse
Just 60 miles from London and 30 miles from Brighton, Goodwood Racecourse isn’t too far from anywhere but is in a rural area. Most attendees travel by car to the track, and there is ample free and paid-for parking servicing all enclosures. That said, don’t rely on a sat nav – turn it off once you reach Chichester, and follow the road signs!
Buses run from Chichester Railway Station to the track, but only on major race days, so check before you travel or book a cab. For those travelling by air, the Goodwood Aerodrome is available for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft but needs to be booked in advance.
Hotels Near Goodwood Racecourse
Due to the rural nature of the area around Goodwood Racecourse, you won’t find an abundance of accommodation options nearby, but there are some country-hotel type options not too far away. Be warned though – none are huge and will need booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
The closest hotel is the Goodwood Hotel, and it’s reasonably priced considering its proximity. There’s a spa, a health club and a pub on-site, and the concierge will arrange transport to the course for you on race days. Also nearby, you’ll find The Fox Goes Free, The Dean Inn and Souters Cottage.
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Betting Shops Local to Goodwood Racecourse
You’ll find all the usual betting facilities you’d expect to at the course, and the independent bookmakers at Goodwood Racecourse are particularly experienced and upmarket; so worth a flutter with them if you’d like to give it a go! Goodwood welcomes lots of tourists and first-time racegoers, so offer comprehensive betting advice online on their website and on-site at their information points.
There aren’t any betting shops nearby to Goodwood Racecourse, because of its countryside location, and the mobile signal often isn’t strong enough to access the internet and bet online. If you’d prefer to hedge your bets with a chain, you can find branches of Coral, Betfred and William Hill in nearby Chichester town centre.
Goodwood Racecourse Fixtures
Goodwood 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 Goodwood (Chicester is the nearest main town):
There’s always lots on around the Goodwood estate, but Goodwood Racecourse isn’t just used for horse racing! Family fun (and fundraising) days are held throughout the summer, and the course also becomes home to live music on hazy warm evenings. Known as the Ultimate South Coast party, the likes of Sub Focus and Carl Cox are booked for 2020 and 2021. It’s Ibiza vibes, without the flight costs!
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