Warwick Racecourse Guide

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

Warwick Racecourse Guide

Overview

With a prominent program of National Hunt races from September to May each year, Warwick is a must-visit for any serious racing enthusiast. Owned by The Jockey Club, this racecourse is home to the celebrated Kingmaker Chase.

As a track, Warwick is not for faint-hearted jockeys. It stretches for 1.6 miles to the left and boasts flat ground for building pace. However, five fences arrive in quick succession, ensuring that only the nimblest of horses need apply! The turns are also razor-sharp.

This is why Flat racing is no longer conducted at Warwick Racecourse – it was deemed dangerous following mishaps involving horses slipping on the flat. Thankfully, their hurdles are responsible for a very low number of falls.

As a day out, Warwick races is tough to top. The venue is found in the heart of the town so it’s easy to access, and there’s plenty more to see and do in Warwick.

There is no formal dress code, and the entry price is among the more affordable in the country.

History

Warwick is among the oldest racecourses in the UK, with equestrian events first held in the area in 1694. Local authorities hope to tempt deep-pocketed investors to the town following a devastating fire with promises of fine horse racing.

The venue officially opened in 1707, with the grandstand – parts of which remain today –built in 1809. Warwick quickly established itself as a must-visit venue, especially as it was the first in Britain to include National Hunt racing in its program.

A more contemporary claim to fame for Warwick Racecourse was the presence of Red Rum, who ran a Flat race at the venue in 1967.

Conversely, this was the same year that The Jockey Club purchased the racecourse, who remain in control today. 

Warwick Racecourse Map

Warwick Racecourse Map
Courtesy of At The Races.

Warwick is quite a tight racecourse and therefore tends to suit those who race handy. It is a left-handed course of a mile and three quarters in circumference, with 10 fences per circuit.

Warwick Racecourse Address

The official correspondence address of Warwick Racecourse is:

Hampton Street
Warwick
Warwickshire
CV34 6HN

How to Get There

One of the great appeals of Warwick Racecourse is how close it is to the town centre.

  • By foot – it’s around a ten-minute stroll or three-minute taxi ride to reach the racecourse once you have landed in Warwick.
  • By car – if you’re driving to Warwick Racecourse, it’s equally easy to locate. The M40, M42, M5 and M6 will all connect you to the A429, which connects to the racecourse. Just point your car toward Warwick Town Centre and follow the wide array of signs that will guide you the rest of the way. For your sat nav pop in the following details – Hampton Street, Warwick, CV34 6HN.
  • Train – the local train station has a taxi rank if you prefer to be chauffeured, and this station connects to most major cities across the UK. We can’t stress enough that it’s easy to walk and avoid traffic, though. Upon leaving the station, you’ll be on Puckering Lane. Head to the end of the road and turn right onto Bowling Green Street. Take one last right and you’ll find yourself on Friars Street. The racecourse will be visible from here.

Hotels

As Warwick is a popular tourist destination, you’ll find no shortage of affordable accommodation offering easy access to the racecourse.

If you’re most comfortable with booking into a familiar chain, a Premier Inn and Hilton can both be found within a mile of the venue. Alternatively, if you’re happy to go independent, The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel is walking distance from the racecourse. The Warwick Arms and the Castle Limes Hotel are also both within a mile and offer easy access.

We advise checking out the fantastic range of brilliant hotels available via Booking.com below:
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Main Races and Meetings

Warwick’s calendar is devoted entirely to National Hunt racing meets, kicking off in September and running through to May. Flat racing ceased at Warwick in 2014. A typical annual fixture list will resemble:

  • September Warwick’s racing season opens with the two-day Heart of England meeting. Day one of this event is dubbed the Grand Season Opener, while day two is often tied in with a food and drink festival.
  • October October sees Warwick host a single event, the Great Autumn Meeting. This is a traditional classic chase afternoon of National Hunt racing.
  • November – November’s sees two meets at Warwick. First is the British Sporting Icon Raceday. The event is once again a traditional National Hunt meet without a gala race, but glamour is provided by a mystery guest from the world of sport. This is followed by a Winter Warmer Raceday later in the month.
  • December – There is a distinctively festive air to Warwick Racecourse in December. Christmas at the Races takes place early in the month, while Warwick also hosts an annual New Year’s Eve raceday.
  • January – Blow away the Christmas cobwebs, as January is a big month at Warwick Racecourse. Classic Chase Day in early January is a prime event in the venue’s diary, hosting the race of the same name. The prestigious Leamington Novice’s Hurdle is also run on this day. This event is followed later in the month by Midlands Raceday.
  • February – The Kingmaker Raceday in early February is not to be missed. One of the most celebrated events in British racing, the victor of the annual Kingmaker Chase gains entry to the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National. The Fabulous Fiver Raceday later in the month, which sees entry reduced to just £5 and hosts the Budbrooke Chase, is a welcome accompaniment.
  • March – By the time we reach March, the most reputable races at Warwick have been run. There is still fun to be had, though; this month hosts two further meets, Countryside Day and Spring Race Day.
  • April – April sees another two events at Warwick. St. Mary’s Lands Cup Day opens the month, headlined by a race that awards the titular trophy, while this month also sees the simple-but-effectively named April Race Day.
  • May – Warwick Racecourse concludes its season with a bang, seeing out May with no less than four events. Kids Carnival Day comes first, followed by Ladies Night a week later. The Proudly Warwick Meeting unfolds in the third week of the month, before the Celebration Race Day marks the end of the season before the venue enters a brief hiatus.

Always be sure to investigate that a racing event is going ahead before making your way to Warwick. It is advisable to consult a formal fixture list and sign up for updates from Warwick Racecourse directly. All race meets are subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.

Warwick 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 is the current weather for Warwick:
WARWICK WEATHER

Other Events at the Course

Warwick Racecourse, like all venues owned by The Jockey Club, is open to other events beside racing. Musical performances and festivals are sporadically scheduled for the venue, which can also be privately hired for weddings, parties and corporate events.

Warwick Racecourse is also a popular venue for exercise, with dog walkers in particular frequently making use of the facilities on non-racedays. The racecourse is also home to a gold course and driving range, managed by the Warwick Golf Centre.

Warwick Races

Summary

Warwick is a wonderful, historic course, the first to hold national hunt racing in the UK. Warwick is a stunning city and we recommend staying for a few days so you can take it all in. It holds some quality racing, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and is great for family or days out with friends. A little gem of a track.

Other Racecourses

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Popular Questions

✅ Can you walk around Warwick Racecourse? 🏇

Yes you can. Warwick is just off Junction 15 of the M40.

✅ How do I get to Warwick Racecourse? 🏇

One of the great appeals of Warwick Racecourse is how close it is to the town centre.

  • By foot – it’s around a ten-minute stroll or three-minute taxi ride to reach the racecourse once you have landed in Warwick.
  • By car – if you’re driving to Warwick Racecourse, it’s equally easy to locate. The M40, M42, M5 and M6 will all connect you to the A429, which connects to the racecourse. Just point your car toward Warwick Town Centre and follow the wide array of signs that will guide you the rest of the way. For your sat nav pop in the following details – Hampton Street, Warwick, CV34 6HN.
  • Train – the local train station has a taxi rank if you prefer to be chauffeured, and this station connects to most major cities across the UK. We can’t stress enough that it’s easy to walk and avoid traffic, though. Upon leaving the station, you’ll be on Puckering Lane. Head to the end of the road and turn right onto Bowling Green Street. Take one last right and you’ll find yourself on Friars Street. The racecourse will be visible from here.

✅ How long is Warwick Racecourse? 🏇

Warwick Racecourse is a popular national hunt course which has racing through the year. It is left-handed and quite sharp track which is 1m6f in circumference.

✅ What do you wear to Warwick Races? 🏇

They don’t operate a strict dress code, but suggest smart casual, meaning no ripped jeans or exercise clothing is permitted.