About Brighton Racecourse
Brighton Racecourse is located in the city of Brighton, on the English south coast. It’s placed on Whitehawk Hill, which is just on the edge of the city centre. It’s this location that offers the biggest perk Brighton has to offer: a view of both the city centre and the sea! Brighton is known for being a city of culture with lots of sights to see, and there are few better places to see it all than at the racecourse!
As for the horse racing though, that first began in an official capacity in 1783. However, it wasn’t until the railway station was built in 1850 that the racecourse exploded in popularity. This was thanks to the easy access Londoners now had to the venue!
Perhaps the biggest feature at Brighton racecourse though is the course. This is one of the only racecourses you’ll find in the UK with a “U” shaped track! It’s also one of the UK’s smallest courses for this reason too with a length of just 12 furlongs! Furthermore, Brighton racecourse run left-handed along an undulating track, finishing with an uphill sprint!
The lack of prominent races is the only real blemish you can say about Brighton racecourse. This applies to both the quality of the horses and the prize money paid too. Given its size, this isn’t all that surprising, and it makes up for it in other ways.
The main event that takes place here every year is the three-day Brighton festival in August. Around 15,000 attend this event each day. It offers a schedule of live entertainment, restaurants, executive suites, and picnic areas to enjoy the weather in.
All in all, we’d have to rate Brighton racecourse as one of our favourite racecourses in the UK. The stunning views of the city and sea do it for us; but the great weather, top facilities, and annual event all help!