About Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle racecourse is located in Carlisle, Cumbria, about a mile south of the city centre. Carlisle offers easy transportation to its racecourse being accessible by car, train, or bus. So not only does this racecourse attract locals, but also those from the northwest and Scotland!

 Carlisle racecourse first opened its doors in 1904 and currently offers both Flat and National Hunt racing. You’ll find Flat racing in the summer months and National Hunt racing during the winter.

 Carlisle racecourse has a distance of about a mile and a half. The track runs right-handed and ends with an uphill sprint. The fences here at Carlisle racecourse are often seen as the easiest in the country. As a result, it’s become a perfect practice spot for some of the country’s top horses.

Notable Races

Carlisle racecourse has a handful of notable races on throughout the season. Two during the Flat season, and two during the National Hunt. If you’re gonna travel to Carlisle, we’d recommend June. That’s when the Carlisle Bell and Eternal Stakes races take place. The Carlisle Bell is the biggest race at the track each year and one of the oldest races in existence. In addition to cash, the winner of this race also gets a ceremonial “bell”. The racecourse keeps the bell locally though at the Carlisle Guildhall Museum!

During the winter months, there are two notable races. The first of those is the Colin Parker Memorial which runs in November. This is a two and a half-mile race for horses aged over three. The second is the Houghton Mares’ Chase; another 2.5mile race for female horses aged older than three. 

Carlisle racecourse has private boxes and hospitality packages. Plus, you’re so close to the city centre it’s easy to venture there for anything else you might want!

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