Wetherby - British Racecourse

West Yorkshire jump racing virtually on the A1.

About Wetherby Racecourse:

The North bank of the River Wharfe is steeped in horse racing history. It is here that the Romans began the Wetherby story, racing Arab horses at a place called Netherby, situated a few miles upstream from Wetherby. In March 1891 the first race meeting was staged. Since then, Wetherby has thrived and flourished becoming one of the Country’s leading jumping tracks. The Racecourse has embraced change and modernisation whilst maintaining the finest traditions of its steeple-chasing heritage. Now, Wetherby is a subtle blend of old and new, with some of the most modern racecourse facilities available, nestling in 300 acres of park and farmland, adjacent to the A1. Known as 'The A1 Racecourse' as the road runs alongside the home turn, Wetherby is just 12 miles from Leeds. It attracts top-class runners from all over the country and is regarded as a fair, flat, galloping course which suits long-striding solid jumpers. The Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase and the Skybet Castleford Chase are among the feature events. Racing first took place on the present site in 1891 and one of the latest of many improvements was the new Millennium Stand. Accompanied children aged 17 years and under are admitted free of charge to all enclosures

Course Details:  

Left-handed oval, with easy bends. A Circuit of 1m 4f.  The old hurdles course (used occasionally) is much sharper.

Getting there, directions and parking:

Train – The closest train stations are York (13 miles away) and Harrogate (9 miles away)

Parking - The Racecourse offers acres of free public car-parking


Places to stay nearby:

Premier Inn York South West Hotel (7 miles)
Bilbrough Top, Colton, Bilbrough YO23 3PP
Tel: 0871 527 9202
Rudding Park Hotel (6.4 miles)
Rudding Park, Follifoot, Harrogate HG3 1JH
Tel: 01423 871350

Pubs Nearby:

The Fox and Hounds (1.4 miles)
Hall Park Road, Walton, Wetherby LS23 7DQ
Tel: 01937 842192
The Swan & Talbot (1.7 miles)
34 North Street, Wetherby LS22 6NN
Tel: 01937 582040



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