Hamilton Racecourse Guide

Welcome to our official guide to Hamilton Racecourse. Our teams explore this great and unique Scottish flat racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!

Hamilton Races

Overview of Hamilton

Hamilton may be a name on everybody’s lips due to the celebrated stage music, but it’s so much more. Hamilton Park is one of the most scenic and picturesque racecourses in Scotland, boasting flat race meetings from May through to September.

Hamilton is a major venue in Scotland, located close to Glasgow. The racecourse does not hold too many reputable races (aside from the Lanark Silver Bell night), but every event is a party waiting to happen. Most racedays are themed and accompanied by musical performances or DJ sets. It’s a great venue.

Hamilton hosts exclusively Flat race meets, kicking off its season in May and wrapping up in September.

If placing a bet, stamina is key, Hamilton Park is not an easy course and stamina is required. A tip is to locate yourself as close to the far rail as possible. This provides the best possible view of the racing action!

The course is owned by the Hamilton Park Trust, which acts as a non-profit. Since 1973, every penny made by Hamilton Park Racecourse has been spent on development and improvement by the trust. Most recently, in excess of £2m was spent on revamping all facilities, making Hamilton a state-of-the-art venue.

History of The Racecourse

Hamilton Park enjoys a rich history in Scottish racing, dating back to 1782. In 1947, Hamilton Park hosted the UK’s first-ever evening race meet – a tradition that continues to this day.

In 1971, Hamilton Park changed the racing landscape again, this time with the first ever morning meet.

The racecourse that stands today has been in operation since 1926, though naturally, a variety of modernisation processes have taken place since then.

Hamilton Racecourse Map

Hamilton Racecourse Map

Hamilton is a unique course. It is right handed with sharp, undulating and with a steep uphill finish over the final three furlongs. When the ground becomes testing the runners generally stick to the far side rail.

Main Races and Meetings at Hamilton

Hamilton Park provides flat race meets for half the calendar year. Thankfully, the season runs through the summer. This ensures that weather in the Scottish Lowlands should have minimal impact on events. The going will largely remain good, and events are less likely to be rained off.

Hamilton Park does not host many major fixtures aside from the Glasgow Stakes, Lanark Silver Bell racenight and its great ladies night – all of which are superb and very busy. That said it remains a great location for star-spotting. Many reputable and famous jockeys and runners compete at the course over the season. A typical fixture list for Hamilton Park Racecourse will look like this:

  • May – Hamilton Park may not be active all year around, but there is certainly plenty going on the during the season. May sees three events at the racecourse. A Family Raceday kicks off proceedings, typically on the first weekend of May. A second, evening meet takes place mid-Month, usually followed by a major DJ set and dance party. May is rounded out by the Cadzow Castle Raceday.
  • June June is a bumper month at Hamilton Park, with no less than five events typically scheduled. Two traditional racedays kick off the month, followed by the Bothwell Castle Raceday in the middle of June, headlined by the Bothwell Castle Handicap Stakes. The Saints and Sinners Racenight is a themed event later in the month, which raises money for numerous small charities. The Almada Raceday, which features the valued Almada Mile, rounds out the month. If the foibles of the calendar dictate, the latter may be bumped to July.
  • July July hosts The Big One at Hamilton Park – The Glasgow Stakes. A listed race that unfolds on a Friday night, The Glasgow Stakes is a major event in the Sottish sporting calendar and is celebrated with appropriate levels of pomp and ceremony. July also sees a Family Race Night and a traditional racenight.
  • August – Hamilton Park does not rest on its laurels after the bonanza of July. August opens with Ladies Night, usually headlined by a celebrity judging the Best Dressed Lady of the evening and playing a DJ set to complete the party atmosphere. This is followed by the Scottish Trophy Raceday, headlined by the Scottish Trophy Handicap Stakes. August is rounded out with another major race – the Lanark Silver Bell Racenight, in which the titular bell is awarded ahead of a night of music and decadence. The Lanark Silver Bell is one of the oldest races in the world
  • September – September concludes the Hamilton Park season with a bang. A traditional racenight opens the month, followed by standard raceday. Toward the end of the month, the Sodexo Raceday is another afternoon-long party, but the season wraps with a Family Weekend Raceday that is fun for all ages. Under 18s enter free, and there are a plethora of complimentary children’s activities throughout the venue.

Hamilton Races Address

The official correspondence address of is:

Hamilton Park Racecourse
Bothwell Road
Hamilton
South Lanarkshire
ML3 0DW

How to Get To Hamilton

As it’s based a mere fifteen minutes from Glasgow, Hamilton Park Racecourse is pleasantly simple to travel to. You’ll have a plethora of options open to you, including flying.

  • By car – naturally, driving also remains an option. You’ll need to get onto the M74 and leave at Exit 5. This will lead you to a roundabout. From here, unmistakable brown signposts will lead you directly to Hamilton Park Racecourse.
  • By train – If taking the train, the nearest station is Hamilton West – around a fifteen stroll from the racecourse. You’ll need to change at Glasgow Central of Motherwell to get to this station, as it’s comparatively small and localised. By bus, take route 255 from Glasgow city centre or Hamilton bus station. This service runs roughly every ten minutes and drops you right outside the racecourse.
  • By air – just jet into the aforementioned Glasgow and take a taxi. You could even fly into Edinburgh, though this airport is a further ten miles afield.

Hotels Near Hamilton Racecourse

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable accommodation around Hamilton. There are no less than five hotels within a mile of the track, all of which will typically charge under three figures for an overnight stay. If you’re keen on a reputable chain, look no further than the Hilton based in Hampton. This also happens to the closest hotel to the racecourse. The Strathclyde Park Holiday Inn is also close, and surprisingly low-cost. If you’re really keen to keep the budget low, take a look at the Innkeeper’s Lodge, the AlonA or the Day’s Inn. Any of these hotels are perfectly reputable and are based within a stone’s throw of Hamilton Park Racecourse. For the top current deals check out: 
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Other Events at the Course

Like all major racecourses, Hamilton Park can be booked for private functions. If you’re interested in reserving the venue for a wedding or corporate event, why not take a virtual tour of the facilities? As the racecourse does not operate between November and April, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make use of the function rooms.

In addition, Hamilton Park occasionally hosts musical performances. Oftentimes these are tied in with racedays, but occasionally standalone shows are booked. Some of the major names to perform at Hamilton Park in recent years include Tom Jones, Steps, JLS, Peter Andre, The Saturdays and Westlife.

Hamilton 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 Hamilton:
HAMILTON WEATHER

Hamilton Racecourse Guide

Summary

A quirky track with some great evening racing, including the Lanark Silver Bell race night, we love Hamilton. A right handed track with a stiff final three furlongs, racing is always competitive here, crowds busy and the fun factor high. It is a superb night out for those who love racing as well as those just looking for a great day out. Easy transport links and great customer service, it’s a gem of a course and one we highly recommend.

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Popular Questions

🏇 Who owns Hamilton Park Racecourse?

The course is owned by the Hamilton Park Trust, which acts as a non-profit. Since 1973, every penny made by Hamilton Park Racecourse has been spend on development and improvement by the trust. Most recently, in excess of £2m was spent on revamping all facilities, making Hamilton Park a state-of-the-art venue.

🏇 How do you get to Hamilton Races?

  • By car – Naturally, driving also remains an option. You’ll need to get onto the M74 and leave at Exit 5. This will lead you to a roundabout. From here, unmistakable brown signposts will lead you directly to Hamilton Park Racecourse.
  • By train – If taking the train, the nearest station is Hamilton West – around a fifteen stroll from the racecourse. You’ll need to change at Glasgow Central of Motherwell to get to this station, as it’s comparatively small and localised. By bus, take route 255 from Glasgow city centre or Hamilton bus station. This service runs roughly every ten minutes and drops you right outside the racecourse.
  • By air – just jet into the aforementioned Glasgow and take a taxi. You could even fly into Edinburgh, though this airport is a further ten miles afield.

🏇 Where is the Lanark Silver Bell held?

It is held at Hamilton Park Racecourse in August.

🏇 What is the address of Hamilton Racecourse?

The official racecourse address is:

Bothwell Road
Hamilton
South Lanarkshire
ML3 0DW