Horse Racing Hotels

22 July 2023

The summer months are marked in the calendars of horse racing fans as the time of year where anticipation builds for the first race meets as part of an exciting summer of competition ahead across some of the world’s most iconic racecourses.

From the spectacular hat wearing spectacle of Ladies Day to weekend long race events, several of our inviting hotels are handily placed for a well-earned break away, where you can dress up for a day’s racing before returning to our excellent dining and leisure facilities.

We’ve handpicked some of our enticing destinations where you can explore both rural and city locations alongside taking in a meet or two as part of a memorable summer of cultural and sporting occasions.

Ascot Racecourse

With our Berystede Hotel & Spa a short walk away and Windsor Hotel a short car journey or taxi ride from the famous gates, you can enjoy staying close to all the drama as it happens.

Upcoming showpiece events include the QUIPCO King George Weekend, starting Friday 28th July with a weekend of midsummer style and socialising wrapped around great racing on a track in full bloom for an unforgettable spectacle. 

Featuring other top-tier contests such as the Dubai Duy Free Shergar Cup and plenty of festival and entertainment events in between fantastic food and drink options on-site, a visit to Ascot Racecourse is a must for horse racing enthusiasts when staying in our hotels nearby.

Goodwood Racecourse

Stay with us in Botley Park Hotel & Spa, where Goodwood racing can be reached in under an hour’s drive. This historic course near Chichester has witnessed high-quality racing since 1802, when the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced the sport to the region.

With plentiful bar, dining and private hospitality options, visit here for flagship events including the Qatar Goodwood Festival on 1st - 5th August, where the rolling Sussex countryside is a summer season highlight also known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’.

Goodwood Racecourse, Sussex

Haydock Park Racecourse

Race events are already underway for the season at Haydock, Merseyside, and our Kilhey Court Hotel & Spa with its pleasant grounds viewable from a stained-glass conservatory while enjoying lunch, dinner or Afternoon Tea is perfect as base for race days.

Situated only 25 minutes’ drive away from the site, enjoy swift access to upcoming evening race meets plus the venue’s headline summer events including the Sky Bet Series starting 6th August.

The expanded format for this year attracts some of the finest horses in the country, representing a great opportunity to come together with friends and family - with a total prize pot of £1.2 million on offer.

Haydock Park Racecourse

Chester Racecourse

Established in 1529 as oldest racecourse in the world, enjoying a day at the races in Chester is a much-loved pastime for locals and visitors alike.

Our New Blossoms Hotel places you right at the heart of the city’s historic city centre, ensuring you can get to the racecourse on foot in just 10 minutes, while Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa is another option just a 20-minute drive away.

With tickets now on sale for the 2022 season, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the likes of Chester’s favourite family day out with Family Funday on 6th August, where a day’s racing occurs alongside a transformed Open Course hosting a series of free activities for children and families.          

Chester Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse

This five-star visitor attraction located six miles outside Edinburgh and a half hour drive away from our gloriously secluded Houstoun House Hotel is regarded as Scotland’s stylish, flagship racecourse where fine dining and stellar racing combine for an unforgettable day out.

A packed flat and jump racing fixture list for the summer spans 27 race days of weekend, midweek and evening session, so no matter when you decide to stay with us, there will likely be a race to attend during your getaway.

Standout dates include the Thistle Timber Friday Night at the Races on 4th August, where late afternoon flat racing and plenty of entertainment provides a feelgood end of week event.

Ladies Day Ascot