What's On

Mon 05 Aug 2019

Glo & Go Tanning Ladies

Join us for a very special Ladies Night, as we celebrate the very best in racing and fashion at Cumbria’s finest racecourse!

Our Style Stakes is back and we’re looking for our star fashionista who will be crowned the winner and take away the top prize of £2000.

Style guru, Gok Wan will be spinning the decks after racing in a DJ set lasting approximately 90 minutes, so you can dance the night away!

Tue 13 Aug 2019

Beer Festival

Sample some of the amazing flavours coming out of our local breweries, while your eyes are dazzled by some fantastic flat racing action.

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Summer Family Day

This is set to be a great day for all the family!

Thu 29 Aug 2019

Carlisle Youth Zone Raceday

Come and join us for what promises to be an exciting day of flat racing...

Wed 11 Sep 2019

Final Flat Party

Make sure you join us for an exciting day of flat racing!

Thu 17 Oct 2019

Celebrating the Jumps

Have you missed Jump racing at Carlisle? Why not come and join us for what promises to be a great afternoon...

Thu 24 Oct 2019

Afternoon Jump Racing

Sun 03 Nov 2019

Family Day

There's something for everyone at the races - and don't forget children 17 and under can come in free of charge!

Mon 11 Nov 2019

Remembrance Day

Join us for a day at the races!

Sun 01 Dec 2019

Afternoon Jump Racing

Sun 15 Dec 2019

Christmas Jumper Day

Join us for Jumper for a Jumper Day on our last race meeting of 2019. (prize for the best christmas jumper)


Where to be for the best views

General Admission

These tickets enable you to visit all public areas including the Bell Hall of the bookmakers.co.uk Grandstand with it’s extensive bars and fast food outlets, the Patterson Bar on the 1st Floor of the Grandstand,the Red Rum Bar, Family Bar, Parade Ring and Pre-Parade Ring. The Generals Bar & BBQ will also be open for some fixtures.

Premier Enclosure

Carlisle racecourse opens the Premier Enclosure on feature racedays. This allows access to our first floor Patterson Bar and facilities. As well as the Bell Hall of the bookmakers.co.uk Grandstand with it’s extensive bars and fast food outlets, the Patterson Bar on the 1st Floor of the Grandstand,the Red Rum Bar, Family Bar, Parade Ring and Pre-Parade Ring. The Generals Bar & BBQ will also be open for some fixtures.

Durdar Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4TS
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Travel Information

How to find us



On racedays, a bus service runs from Carlisle Bus Station to the Racecourse at a reasonable fare of £1.60 each way. Buses run 90 and 45 minutes before the first race and return to Carlisle 5 minutes and 35 minutes after the last.

The Racecourse is also nearby to the town's train station, which runs on the West Coast main line and lies 102 miles South of Glasgow Central and 299 miles North of London Euston.

Carlisle Airport is only 8 miles from the Racecourse.


Carlisle Racecourse can be easily accessed from the M6, with the motorway only a few miles away. Come off the motorway at Junction 42 and follow signs to Dalston. After following the road for approximately 2 miles, turn right at a staggered junction. The racecourse can be found only a mile away on the left hand side.

If arriving from the West, the racecourse can be easily accessed from the A595 following signs to Carlisle. Roughly 1 mile after the Thursby Roundabout take a right signposted for Dalston and follow this road until hitting a T-Junction. From here, take a right until you come across Bridge End Pub, where you should turn left over the bridge and follow signs for Durdar. At the next junction turn left and the destination can be found in about a mile on the left hand side.


There is a free public car park opposite the Main Grandstand and coach parking is free. There is also Trackside Car Parking available for £10.00 per vehicle (Annual members £5.00) which is located alongside the racetrack.

Dress Codes

What to wear

Despite having no specific dress code, Carlisle still prides itself on matching the standards that are set on the racecourse with suitable attire. Whilst at the Grandstand and Paddock areas, it is advised that sports shoes and denim shorts are not worn. The club also strongly suggests getting dressed up for events, particularly Ladies Night, which is known for displaying an extensive variety of glamorous hats.

Racecourse Information

The History

Situated just South of Carlisle, in the spectacular village of Blackwell, Carlisle Racecourse hosts both hunt and national track racing and continues to provide a popular day out throughout both seasons. The 13 furlong stiff national hunt course endures most of its use in the Winter and its clay subsoil ensure that the soft ground conditions will prevail even in harsh conditions. The courses 9 birch fences offers a real test of stamina, and it's uphill climb on the final ½ mile is sure to provide a punishing, yet enthralling finish. Carlisle’s flat track shines during the summer and the five furlong course is run off a chute over the main course. Interestingly, the once high number draw bias is now more likely to be low, after the BHA changed the numbering of stalls at racecourses nationwide at the start of the 2011 flat season. Founded in 1904, the racecourse has no shortage of history either, and is home to the Carlisle Bell - first contested in 1599, the 1 mile flat race is one of the oldest still running.

As a member of the Jockey Club, the racecourse is proud to be part of the largest commercial group in racing history. The foundations of the Jockey Club date back as early as 1750, and with 15 current racecourses as members, Carlisle shares this honour with a number of world class names in the racing world, including Cheltenham and Newmarket.