Ludlow Racecourse plays host to a total of 16 National Hunt Races every season. A wide track overlooked by an impressive grandstand, Ludlow has a reputation for delivering especially fast races, testing the horses speed rather than stamina. While some seasoned punters may frown at this, these races are extremely exciting to watch when snobbery is put aside. In the middle of the track Golf enthusiasts can indulge in their passion on a nine hole course with views of the racecourse and the rural Shropshire surroundings.
Address: The Racecourse, Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 2BT
Phone: 01584 856 221
The first race recorded at Ludlow Racecourse in its present location is dated 27th August 1729, making Ludlow one of the oldest active racecourses in the United Kingdom. For many years it was focussed on hosting Flat races, which were a popular past time in the flatter parts of the country. However, throughout the 19th century the addition of hurdles managed to convert the masses to the joy of National Hunt Racing, which is now the principle form of the sport practised at Ludlow Racetrack.
To this day Ludlow retains the Edwardian atmosphere and flair of its hey-day during the early 20th century. Although the course has in recent years undergone some modernisation, such as the development of private boxes, viewing stands and the addition of restaurants, the remnants of historical architecture as well as the old-fashioned Shropshire appeal make every visit at Ludlow Racecourse a little blast from the past.
Note: A free shuttle bus goes from Ludlow Station to Ludlow Racecourse on race days.
The course is located about two miles north of Ludlow, just off the A49. There is ample signage towards the course from the A49 as well as the A4113.
The Jubilee Stand Restaurant: This venue offers a choice of three course meals and fine wines in an elegant atmosphere. While there are plenty of window tables, it is advisable to book your window seats well in advance to ensure excellent views throughout the race day. The restaurant provides CCTV and betting facilities. It is located in the Members area above the grandstand and paddock, prices starting from £35.50.
Clive Pavilion Carvery: For visitors looking for something a little more low key, the Carvery on the ground level in the Members area supplies a menu and dish of the day, including a selection of soups and vegetables. You won't pay more than £13 and you will be thoroughly satisfied.