Every year Brighton Racecourse host around 22 race meetings, inviting you to not only enjoy some first rate equine sport but also indulge in the views over the Brighton Marina and Sussex Downs. Making the most of the gorgeous East Sussex setting, Brighton Racecourse has become an integral part of the town, even including a stretch of nearby Wilson Avenue as part of the track. The distances the Brighton track can provide range from sprints to one mile and a half, with the final stretch in front of the grandstand on an incline to make it just that little bit more interesting.
Map To Brighton Racecourse
Address: Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ
Phone: 01273 603 580
History of Brighton Racecourse
The first racing facilities at Brighton were located in an area called White Hawk Down, later to be known as Race Hill, a venture which was sponsored by Brighton's wealthy and aristocratic community members. Race Hill hosted its first two day event in 1783 and gained enough renown and popularity to attract Royal spectators in its second year of running. By 1788 Race Hill was home to a four day race meeting and a grandstand with the capacity to seat 24 guests.
Brighton Racecourse moved to its current location in 1822 and underwent a series of changes, including serving as an ammunition and food store during World War I; racing was also suspended during World War II. However, since the grand opening of the present grandstand in 1965, racing has been as regular as clockwork at the historic Brighton Racecourse.
Notable Races of Brighton Racecourse
- The Brighton Festival of Racing takes place over three days in early August. It includes highlights like the John Smiths Brighton Mile, a dedicated Ladies' Day and the Brighton Rocket - a break-neck sprint over six furlongs.
Brighton Racecourse has also played host to two world records; Blink Gelding breaking the record over ¾ mile in 1929, and more recently Chase The Door's record breaking 1990 performance of 1:30.9 over a mile.
How to Get to Brighton Racecourse
Note: A free shuttle bus operates between Brighton Station and Brighton Racecourse on race days.
The course is located two minutes from Brighton city centre and best approached on the A27 Brighton Bypass. Free parking is available at the racecourse.
Brighton Racecourse Facilities
Suites & Private Hospitality: Brighton Racecourse is truly prepared for all eventualities, offering hospitality packages for groups of 10 - 600 visitors. Ranging from private rooms with ocean views and a-la-carte dining to marquee buffet style service right by the parade ground, the hospitality options at Brighton Racecourse will hold a treasure for everyone.