Carlisle Racecourse Guide

Action-packed horse racing at Carlisle Racecourse with jockeys competing and spectators watching from the grandstand

Are you heading to Carlisle Racecourse soon? We have you covered in our guide to Carlisle Racecourse. Stick with us as we take you through all the top events and experiences available to racegoers and provide you with everything you need to know before your day. 

What’s on at Carlisle Racecourse?

So many exciting racing events are coming up at Carlisle Racecourse over the next few months. We’ve noted some of the best coming up in 2024 below:

DATEEVENTGATES OPENFIRST RACELAST RACE
5th February 2024Winter WarmerTBC13:3216:42
30th March 2024Easter Saturday Family Raceday11:5513:5517:25
7th April 2024Jump Season FinaleTBCTBCTBC
20th May 2024Flat Speed AheadTBCTBCTBC
30th June 2024Steak Night Race EveningTBCTBCTBC
31st May 2024Noughties FridayTBCTBCTBC
10th June 2024Classic MondayTBCTBCTBC
17th June 2024Marvellous MondayTBCTBCTBC
26th June 2024Carlisle Bell & Cumberland Plate DayTBCTBCTBC
6th July 2024The Great Community RacedayTBCTBCTBC
11th July 2024Rachael Bell Wealth Management RacedayTBCTBCTBC
5th August 2024VL Aesthetics Ladies NightTBCTBCTBC
21st August 2024Afternoon Flat RacingTBCTBCTBC
29th August 2024Carlisle Youth Zone RacedayTBCTBCTBC
11th September 2024Final Flat FlingTBCTBCTBC
3rd November 2024Colin Parker Memorial Chase DayTBCTBCTBC
19th NovemberClassic TuesdayTBCTBCTBC
15th December 2024Christmas Jumper RacedayTBCTBCTBC

What is the Carlisle Racecourse Address?

The address of Carlisle Racecourse is as follows:

Carlisle Racecourse

Durdar Road

Carlisle

Cumbria

CA2 4TS

How to Get to Carlisle Racecourse?

There are several ways to get to Carlisle Racecourse. If you’re using a sat nav, the postcode to enter is CA2 4TS.

By Car

North and South, — leave the M6 at J42 and follow signs to Dalston. Follow the road for two miles. Once you teach a staggered junction, turn right. The racecourse is a mile down on the left.

East take the A69 or A66 to M6. Leave at J42, follow the same directions as above.

West on A595 follow signs to Carlisle and take the third exit. Follow past the garden centre and turn left. At the T-junction, turn right. Turn left over the bridge and follow signs to Durdar. Turn left – the racecourse is on the left.

Car parking is free of charge close to the racecourse, and there is disabled parking, too.

By Train

2.2 miles from Carlisle Station.

102 miles south of Glasgow Central.

299 miles north of London Euston. 

There is a taxi rank outside of the station.

By Bus

Unfortunately, there is no bus service that runs to the racecourse.

There is a shuttle bus service that runs 20 minutes after the final race and another 30 minutes, dropping guests off on English Street.

By Air

Plane – Carlisle Racecourse is around eight miles from the airport.

Helicopter – Landing at the racecourse is available by prior arrangements only.

Where to Get Tickets?

Tickets for events at Carlisle Racecourse can be purchased from the Jockey Club website. They can also be purchased on the day; however, this is subject to availability. People hoping to attend an event can also contact the ticket office via the dedicated channels to enquire and purchase.

Assistance dogs are welcome, and there are designated viewing areas and spaces for those who are disabled or have limited mobility.

Guests who require assistance can receive a complimentary ticket for a carer. You can contact the course for more information.

Carlisle Racecourse Enclosures

General Admission

Carlisle Racecourse only has one enclosure, affording all patrons the same fantastic views of the racecourse and access to all of the extra areas, like the parade ring. It also features a range of food vendors, bars, and seating. While tickets are standard across the board, booking in advance will net you the best prices.

Upgrade your experience

If you’re looking for an enhanced experience, additional packages can be purchased for additional perks. These packages can net you additional views of the racecourse from exclusive restaurants, racecards and access to private betting counters. Subject to availability, you can upgrade on the day if you arrive and find yourself wanting more. 

Packages include the Punters Package, the Classic Experience and the Premier Experience. Learn more on the website. 

What to Wear?

Relaxed, comfortable, and unique. These are all words used to describe what to wear to the races here at Carlisle. Whether a nice sweatshirt, jeans, and trainers are your thing or dressing up in a sharp suit, dress, or heels. Whatever you wear, be confident and comfortable.

Dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for a lot of walking. Guests are also asked to avoid vulgar fancy dress and team colours and kits.

For further information about what to wear to the races can be found in our dedicated guide here

Food & Drink

So many food and drink options are available at Carlisle Racecourse, so there should be something for everyone. Below is a list of what is available to eat and drink. 

Swifts Restaurant

Book in advance to enjoy a panoramic view of the racecourse with a private bar whilst enjoying a two, three, or four-course set menu.

Concession Stands

Various concession stands are located around the racecourse. We have included some of these below.

  • The Bell Hall – Fish and chips
  • The Coffee House – sandwiches, confectionary, hot drinks
  • Monet’s Bar
  • Red Rum Bar
  • Silks Cafe
  • The General’s Bar and BBQ

*Picnics are not permitted.

Contact Details

DepartmentContact Details
General Enquiriesinfo.carlisle@thejockeyclub.co.uk01228 554700
HospitalityCarlisle.Hospitality@thejockeyclub.co.uk
Ticketingticketing@thejockeyclub.co.uk0344 579 3002
Facebookcarlisleracecourse
X@CarlisleRaces
Instagram@carlisleracecourse/

Nearby Accommodation

There are plenty of places to stop over if you spend the night in Carlisle. Here are some recommendations from the racecourse:

The Crown Hotel

Crown Hotel, Wetheral, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 8ES

01228 561 888

info@crownhotelwetheral.co.uk

Carlisle Station Hotel

Court Square, Carlisle CA1 1QY

0330 028 3401

info@carlislestationhotel.co.uk

Premier Inn Carlisle

Carleton, Carlisle, CA4 0AD

0333 777 3986

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