Salisbury Racecourse may look nice and harmless to the untrained eye, due to its friendly atmosphere and lovely Whiltshire setting. However, the Salisbury race track is not something a racing team takes on lightly. With a long run in and a constant rising of the final half mile stretch, this is a track that will truly test an animal's stamina and spirit. So don't be deceived by this cute little course, it is one of the toughest tests of a horse's ability.
Map To Salisbury Racecourse
Address: Salisbury Racecourse, Netherhampton, Salisbury, Whiltshire SP2 8PN
Phone: 01722 326 461
History of Salisbury Racecourse
Horse racing has been staged in the Salisbury area since the early 1600s, making Salisbury Racecourse one of the oldest race tracks in Great Britain. This historical flair is complemented by the patronage of the Bibury Club, established in 1681, the oldest racing club in the world. Since 1899 the Bibury Club has kept an eye on the goings on at Salisbury Racecourse, even lending its name to the annual Bibury Handicap.
Until this day Salisbury Racecourse stages around 16 race days every year, as well as special events days. It is the perfect place to check out some valid horse racing in a historical setting.
Notable Races of Salisbury Racecourse
- The Sovereign Stakes - Held every August this Group 3 Flat race is the highlight of the Salisbury season. The prestigious event is open to thoroughbred colts and geldings aged three and over. It is run over 1 mile and sees the horses competing for the most valuable purse of the year at Salisbury.
- The Cathedral Stakes
- The Stonehenge Stakes
- The Upavon Fillies' Stakes
How to Get to Salisbury Racecourse
Note: A courtesy bus runs to and from Salisbury Railway Station on race days.
Salisbury Racecourse is situated 4 miles south/west from the city of Salisbury, off the A3094 at Netherhampton.
Salisbury Racecourse Facilities
Salisbury offers a choice of three enclosures, with various facilities included in each enclosure. All enclosures include betting facilities, race viewing, bars and catering outlets as well as nearby parking.
Bibury Enclosure: The most exclusive and expensive enclosure at £18 per person, the enclosure formerly known as 'Members' offers two viewing stands, one bar with viewing balcony, and several other convenient bars on the lower levels. A ticket to the Bibury enclosure will allow you to visit all enclosures. Should you feel like a sit-down meal, the Bibury enclosure offers the Moonraker Restaurant and the Conservatory Restaurant.
Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure: This are, previously known as 'Tattersalls' invites you to check out the racing talent on the Parade Ring prior to racing, as well as glimpses of the winner in the post-race winner's enclosure. For only £11 per person it offers multiple bars and betting facilities, as well as a beer tent on busy feature days.
Course Enclosure: If you are looking for a fun day out with the family, this enclosure is the way to go. The location of the frequently available children's entertainment encourages you to settle down for a picnic and make use of the betting facilities. Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks are available in this enclosure.