Taunton - British Racecourse

Another fine West country racecourse for the jumping purist.

About Taunton Racecourse:

Today the 12th Century Castle still stands and a few miles to the south of its brooding walls and their gory memories lies Orchard Portman, a parish on the Shoreditch road and the present home of Taunton races. There has been racing somewhere in the Taunton area since the eighteenth century and in 1788 there were races at Broomhay at West Monkton. Although racing had been held in the area previously, the first race at the present site was held in September 1927. The course on Orchard Great Field has been transformed over the years. Spoil from the M5 motorway was used to build up and extend the bends and the back straight, while the Somerset clay soil has been well drained to provide the best possible going throughout the season. Facilities for spectators have been spectacularly improved from the early days, when viewing was from a small wooden stand, often surrounded by a sea of mud. Accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted free.

Course Details:

Right-handed oval, on the sharp side with short run-in. A Circuit of 1m 2f.

Getting there, directions and parking:

Train – The nearest train station is Taunton station. This offers direct links with London Paddington and Birmingham New Street.

Bus – A courtesy bus is provided using Berrys Coaches departing the railway station from the main ticket office entrance 2 hours before the first race and returning 30 minutes after the start of the last race.

Parking - Free parking is provided off the main road on the approach to the racecourse from the town centre.


Places to stay nearby:

Premier Inn Taunton East Hotel (2.7 miles)
81 Bridgwater Road, Taunton TA1 2DU
Tel: 0871 527 9080
Brookfield House (2.8 miles)
16 Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 4EQ
Tel: 01823 272786

Pubs Nearby:

The Farmers Arms (3.4 miles)
Higher West Hatch, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5RS
Tel: 01823 480980
The Monkton Inn (5.1 miles)
Blundells Lane, West Monkton, Taunton, TA2 8NP
Tel: 01823 412414



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