Perth Racecourse

Have you ever thought that it might be nice to combine a race day with a little fairytale flair? If so Perth Racecourse, the northernmost racecourse of the United Kingdom, is able to offer you just that. Located on the grounds of Scone Palace, where the Kings of Scotland held their crowning ceremonies, this racecourse adds a certain flavour of enchantment to your day at the track. The course has been voted the Best Smaller Racecourse in Scotland and takes pride in living up to the expectations attached to such a title. Thus, if you want to race happily ever after, this gorgeous racecourse is perfect for your day out.

Map To Perth Racecourse

Address: Perth Racecourse, Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB
Phone: 01738 551 597

History of Perth Racecourse

As Scotland is hailed as the unofficial home of National Hunt racing, it is not surprising that races staged in the Perthshire area can be traced back as far as the 17th century. While there is ample reference to races taking place at the Inch in Perth - there is evidence that an annual Perth meeting was taking place - 'proper' racing, in accordance with the Jockey Club rules, was not introduced until 1908.

In 1908 the Perth Racecourse was officially opened on the grounds of Scone Palace; first with only two annual meetings scheduled, but due to its popularity the fixture list expanded rapidly to about 13 meetings a year. Perth Racecourse has seen its fair share of Royalty over the years, and not just because it is in close proximity to Scone Palace. In the 70s Her Majesty the Queen Mother graced Perth Racecourse with her presence more than once.

Notable Races at Perth Racecourse

  • Stan James.com Perth Festival: The Perth Festival is without discussion the highlight of the course's racing calendar. Spanning three days in late April, the festival delivers National Hunt showdowns over the seven fences of Perth, as well as plenty of family entertainment.
  • Perth Gold Cup Day: This race day towards the end of March is a real crowd pleaser. Not only does the Gold Cup Day at Perth attract more visitors than any other single-day fixture at the course, it also draws horses preparing for Aintree and Cheltenham who practise their world-class skills on the Perth obstacles.
  • Glorious Finale Meeting: Celebrating the end of the season in late September, the Glorious Finale Meeting is the oldest fixture on offer in the region. Dating back to the informal beginnings of racing in the 17th century, this event brings history to life every year.

How to get to Perth Racecourse

Note: A courtesy bus runs frequently between Perth Station and the racecourse on race days.

Alternatively:

Take the M58 and exit at Junction 1. Perth Racecourse is located four miles from Perth off the A93 Blairgowrie Road.

Perth Racecourse Facilities

Short Break: Who doesn't enjoy a little getaway from the daily grind? Perth Racecourse offers you a 'short break' option, guaranteeing racegoers rooms from £55 per person at the Royal Hotel in Comrie, Perthshire. The Kinlock House Hotel in Blairgowrie offers 20% off for confirmed patrons of the Perth races.

Galileo Restaurant: If you are intending to really make a splash and treat yourself to the best of the best, the Galileo Restaurant should be your hospitality venue of choice. With views across the race track and direct access to the grandstand, this venue also offers three course meals and afternoon tea from £75 plus VAT per person.

Informal Dining: For racegoers looking for something a little less exclusive, the course offers a range of facilities. The Club Restaurant offers simple a la carte options in every price range; The Bindaree invites you to stop by for a snack in between races; and the Fish And Chip Bar is happy to supply you with everyone's favourite take away.

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