Cheap Hotels and B&B’s near Horse Race Tracks
With its acres of verdant pasture, the United Kingdom is a haven for horse racing. When attending meetings, visitors inevitably require comfortable lodgings following a hard day on the course. We outline the best places to stay when attending the country’s most popular racecourses.
Popular UK Horse Racing Tracks
Because of the popularity of the race meetings, it is advisable to book rooms well in advance. Get great rates on cheap hotels, budget friendly bed and breakfasts and other accommodation options such as holiday homes or cottages.
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Newmarket in Suffolk embodies the history of horse racing in the UK. In addition to meetings throughout the year, visitors have the opportunity to visit the National Stud and the National Horse Museum. With Cambridge only about 10 miles away, race visitors can choose from a wide range of accommodation. Guests to the Hotel Felix describe it as clean and comfortable with spacious rooms, costing around £190 per night. For an authentic Suffolk experience, stay in the Poet’s House in Ely, about £170 per night. In the same town, you will find the less expensive Travelodge (£70).
Doncaster Racecourse in Yorkshire hosts two of the world’s oldest races, the St Leger and the Doncaster Cup. In the town, you will find high quality boarding in Rigsby’s Guest House (£90) and in the Regent Hotel Doncaster (£60 – £100). Doncaster’s two Premier Inn hotels offer budget accommodation and prices range from £50 to £60.
The Prestbury Park racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucester, is ranked among the best in the world. Every March, the 4-day Cheltenham Festival draws many visitors. A wide range of hotels and guesthouses are available in the town centre and surrounding districts. Try the Cotswold Grange Hotel or Beaumont House, which cost between £120-£150 per night. A room at the Yew Tree Cottage Bed & Breakfast costs about £120, while budget hotels cost between £70 and £100.
For prestige and pageantry, the Ascot Races in June is the place to see and be seen. You may even catch a glimpse of Her Majesty. Prices at the distinctive Macdonald Berystede Hotel in Sunninghill, about 10 miles from the racecourse, begin at £190. Consider the Stirrups Hotel in Bracknell (£100), while accommodation at the Premier Inn Bagshot costs between £80 and £100.
Several meetings take place every year on the horseshoe-shaped racecourse near the town of Epsom, on the Surrey Downs. Budget hotels in Epsom (Holiday Inn Express, Premier Inn and Travelodge) cost between £50 and £80. Nights in the Chessington Safari Hotel (2.5 miles away) begin at £170. Within driving distance is the Hotel Bosco in Surbiton (£120), the Hotel Antoinette in Kingston (£80) and the Greyhound Carshalton Hotel (£110).
Just ten miles south of Glasgow, the beautiful Hamilton racecourse hosts several annual race meetings. Top of the hotel range is the Fraser Suites in Glasgow, about £250. Less expensive is the St. Enoch Hotel (£60) and the Holiday Inn Express in Hamilton (£140). Bed and breakfast accommodation in Crosshill House costs about £80, and includes free wifi and parking.
All accommodation prices are approximate and subject to change.