3 racecourses to visit this summer

Sport is very important to so many people in Hull as the teams within the city represent them on the national stage.

If you are looking to attend a different sport this summer, horse racing may great option for you. Although there is no longer a racecourse in Hull, the city is not too far from some of the premier tracks in the UK.

Here is a look at three racecourses which would make for great trips if you fancy a day at the races.


Home to the Ebor Festival, York always attracts the best horses in the sport. Racing takes place from April through to October, and it is a great place to be when the sun is shining.

In the early stages of the season, you are likely to see horses make their seasonal reappearance at the Dante Meeting in May. The best of these horses then feature at Royal Ascot. This year’s Yorkshire Cup winner Stradivarius is one of the fancied runners for the Ascot Gold Cup in 2022. He is 10/3 in the bet on Royal Ascot odds for the feature race at the royal meeting.

The drive from Hull to York racecourse takes just over one hour, while there are great public transport links between the two cities if you want to leave your car at home.


The closest racecourse to Hull is Beverley, just eight miles away. The East Riding of Yorkshire venue hosts Flat racing and it is very welcoming. Those who attend meetings at Beverley often comment on how relaxed and enjoyable their day at the venue was.

Although the quality of the racing is not as high as in a place like York, you frequently find competitive cards at Beverley. Their highest-profile fixtures of the season are the Hilary Needler Trophy (May) and Beverley Bullet (August). Those two meetings attract the biggest crowds of the season.

A new grandstand is currently being built at Beverley at the cost of £4.8 million. Once it is completed, it should enhance the racecourse experience even further.


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Doncaster is lucky enough to be one of just three racecourses in the UK which hosts British Classics. The oldest British Classic, the St Leger, takes place there in September. The contest, which was won in 2021 by the impressive Hurricane Lane, sees the leading three-year-olds face each other over the distance of one-mile-and-six-furlongs.

It is not just the St Leger which attracts big crowds to Doncaster. Other big races include the Doncaster Cup, Lincoln Handicap and Vertem Futurity Stakes. Flat and Jumps racing takes place at the Yorkshire venue, which means there is action across the whole year.

Doncaster is one of the best racecourses in the UK for offering great viewing points of the racecourse. This means you will not struggle to see the action around the left-handed track. There is also a fantastic atmosphere on course during their big meetings.

If you are heading to one of the above three racecourses in the near future, have a great time and hopefully it will be a positive experience that will make you want to visit again.