Cartmel Racecourse Guide

Jockey on horseback leaping over a hurdle at Cartmel Racecourse with spectators and rolling hills

Are you heading to the races at Cartmel soon? In what they describe as “a day out with a difference”, you are in for a fantastic day full of exciting racing, great food, and a buzzing atmosphere. Keep reading to learn more about how to get to Cartmel Racecourse, purchase tickets, what is on, what to wear and where to stay.

What’s on at Cartmel Racecourse?

2024 is full of exciting races and events taking place at Cartmel Racecourse. Below, we have picked out the most exciting events:

25th May 2024Season Opener SaturdayTBCTBCTBC
27th May 2024Whit Bank Holiday Monday TBCTBCTBC
29th May 2024Whit Wednesday EveningTBCTBCTBC
30th June 2024Sunday Family Funday TBCTBCTBC
22nd July 2024July MondayTBCTBCTBC
24th August 2024Cartmel Cup DayTBCTBCTBC
26th August 2024August Monday Season Finale TBCTBCTBC

What is the Cartmel Racecourse Address?

The address of Cartmel Racecourse is as follows:

Cartmel Racecourse

Park View




LA11 6JJ

How to Get to Cartmel Racecourse?

Now for arriving at the Cartmel Racecourse. Racegoers have many options available to them, and we have covered these below to help you find your way.

By Road

The easiest way to get to the course by road is from J36 of the M6 via the A590. Parking is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and is priced at £10 per car.

By Taxi

It is strongly recommended that you book these in advance. Taxis drop off and pick up guests from the layby opposite Cartmel Priory School.

By Train

Cark-in-Cartmel is the closest train station to the racecourse. 

By Helicopter

Arrangements can be made in advance if you wish to arrive at the races by helicopter.

Coach Parties

There is a designated coach park for parties arriving by coach to the racecourse.

Shuttle Buses

The Travellers Choice offers independent shuttle bus services to and from Cartmel Village/Cark-in-Cartmel train station. 

Where to Get Tickets?

Tickets for the events at Cartmel Racecourse can be purchased directly from the website. You can also buy them on the day, but please bear in mind that these are subject to availability. We recommend booking in advance and buying tickets directly from our website in plenty of time before the events. And under 18’s go free!

Guide dogs are welcome as long as they are on leads all day, and blue badge holders can pre-book accessible Paddock parking by contacting the Racecourse Office. Assistants and carers are also admitted free of charge; contact the racecourse ahead of time to make arrangements. 

Cartmel Racecourse Enclosures

Paddock Enclosure

Upgrade to Paddock tickets for the premium Cartmel experience, which is full of so many things to do to enjoy your day. Access all vendors with free movement between Course and Paddock, parade ring viewing, restaurants, entry to the grandstand, and so much more.

Course Enclosure

Course tickets offer racegoers admission to the Course Enclosure, where they can enjoy the Cartmel Racecourse funfair, food and drinks stand, betting stands, and more. This is the perfect option for families after a relaxed day out.

What to Wear?

The requested dress code at Cartmel is smart casual – especially in the Paddock Enclosure and the restaurant areas. Racegoers are asked to wear shirts in all enclosures, although t-shirts and shorts are accepted during hot weather. 

Wellies and rain macs are recommended for wet weather as most of Cartmel Racecourse is grassy, so please ensure that suitable footwear and attire are worn. Umbrellas are also allowed, come rain or shine.

Most importantly, though, Cartmel Racecourse wishes for its guests to dress for their own comfort (and the unpredictable English weather!)

Food & Drink

So many delicious food and drink options are available to racegoers at Cartmel. With picnics and alcohol permitted and even highly encouraged, no matter where you are joining us, you won’t be short of options for what to eat and drink. There are two main restaurants and plenty of exciting food stalls around the course.

The racecourse is proud to promote local businesses and products. Grab yourself a true Cumbrian ale fresh from the barrel and as many culinary delights as you can possibly eat.

Contact Details

DepartmentContact Details
All Enquiries[email protected]+44 (0)15395 36340
Fax+44 (0)15395 36004

Nearby Accommodation

Why not make a weekend of Cartmel Races and take in the sights of the stunning Lake District? There are many great hotels and guest houses around the racecourse, as well as some top onsite camping and caravanning facilities for race days. Tickets for these can be purchased from the Cartmel Racecourse website.

The Cavendish Arms

Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6QA

015395 36240

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The Priory Hotel

The Square, Cartmel, Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QB

015395 34070

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The Royal Oak

The Square, Cartmel, Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QB

015395 36692

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