Chelmsford City - British Racecourse

Newmarket’s all weather race track.

About Chelmsford City Racecourse:

Chelmsford City Racecourse opened at the beginning of 2015 following a £25 million refurbishment under its new name, having been formerly known as Great Leighs Racecourse. The racecourse now boasts two restaurants; the Club Restaurant on the first floor, home to the Members Lounge, offers exclusive dining and an almost panoramic view of the track. The more casual Fairwood Restaurant is situated along the final furlong of the home straight and offers a more casual atmosphere. The course is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Course Details:

It has an all-weather track, but also a turf course and will be the first in the country to hold night races on a turf track. An all-weather course, Chelmsford City is a flat, left-handed, oval course with a two-furlong home straight. There are separate chutes for the one mile and the seven furlong starts. It has a chute start for races of seven and eight furlongs and has a two furlong home and back straight.

Getting there, directions and parking:

Train – Trains from London to Chelmsford run from Liverpool Street station regularly or the Stansted Express train to Stansted Airport, again from London Liverpool Street station is also an option.

Bus - Chelmsford Bus station is less than a two minute walk from Chelmsford railway station. At present there is a limited shuttle service between the Castle bus stop in Great Leighs and Chelmsford City Racecourse, serving the no. 70 and no. 352 bus. Local taxis are available to book to and from the racecourse. The racecourse is approximately a 20 minute drive in a taxi from Chelmsford railway station and Stansted Airport. Closest air connection is at Stansted Airport.

Parking – Car Parking at the racecourse is free on race days. The car park is situated at the main entrance off the A131 bypass.


Places to stay nearby:

The Compasses Inn (2.3 miles)
Littley Green CM3 1BU, England
Tel: 01245 362308
Premier Inn Braintree Hotel (3.5 miles)
Cressing Road, Fowlers Farm, Braintree, CM77 8GG
Tel: 0871 527 8138

Pubs Nearby:

The Square and Compasses (1.9 miles)
Fuller Street, Great Leighs CM3 2BB
Tel: 01245 361 477
Pig & Whistle (5.9 miles)
Chignal Road, Chelmsford CM1 4SZ
Tel: 01245 443186



Find out more


Find out more

the lingo

Find out more

Our Betting

Find out more

A quick course in

Find out more


Find out more