As far as racecourses go, the setting can't get much more regal than the location of Newcastle Racecourse. This gorgeous horse racing venue is located on the Gosforth Park Estate, a property of 812 acres, where it holds 30 race meetings every year. Only three miles north of the city of Newcastle, this course blends urban convenience with old-world country charms.
Address: High Gosforth Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE3 5HP
Phone: 0191 236 2020
Although horse racing was a popular and widely practised sport in the North East since the early 17th century, it wasn't until 1882 that Newcastle Racecourse was officially opened. Until the induction of this new venue, races were staged mainly at the Town Moor, including the Northumberland Plate, which was first recorded in 1833.
However, the first running of the Northumberland Plate at Gosforth Park in 1882 introduced the crowds to the pleasures of a brand new flat and chase course, as well as a new stand and top-of-the-range stable facilities.
In the 120 years of service to the racing industry, Newcastle Racecourse has taken its fair share of knocks, being left active but without much maintenance work for a long period before being 'rescued' by Sir Stanley Clarke's Northern Racing. Since this take over, Newcastle has received repairs and renovations of an excess of £11 million; which is why it can offer any racing comfort imaginable to the crowds that still come a-flocking.
National Hunt Races:
Note: There is a shuttle bus to the track available from Regent Centre Station, which can be reached via the Newcastle Metro train from Newcastle Central Station.
Whatever you do, don't forget to follow the brown signs depicting a horse and rider. They will lead you to the racecourse from the A1, A19 and all other major roads leading towards Newcastle.
There is free parking.
Private Boxes: Newcastle Racecourse offers a range of private boxes seating 6-36 people. All boxes overlook the track and can be booked with a choice of two hospitality packages, Gold or Platinum, which include beverages, multiple course menus and much more.
Carvery Package: This affordable hospitality package includes admission to the Premier enclosure, a three course carvery lunch and a racecard at £55 + VAT.