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Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

Paddock Enclosure

Newton Abbot’s Paddock Enclosure takes prime position at the racecourse, with its grandstand overlooking the winning post. Patrons in the Paddock Enclosure can also enjoy seeing the horses up-close in the Parade Ring before and after races. There is also a selection of restaurants and bars available within the Paddock Enclosure.

Course Enclosure

Situated next to the Paddock Enclosure, the Course Enclosure enjoys views across the entire course. With a betting hall, bars and an al fresco dining area, the Course Enclosure offers a great value day at the races for just £12.

Family Enclosure

Located in the centre of the course, the Family Enclosure is the ideal place for families to enjoy their time at the races. Gates open 2 hours before the start of the first race.

The Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 3AF
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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

By Rail

Newton Abbot has its own railway station within a three quarters of a mile walk to the course. Newton Abbot is on the mainline from London Paddington. Simply turn right out of the station and continue straight until you see Enterprise car rentals on the roundabout. Turn right at the traffic lights and continue straight on until you come to a roundabout. Turn right and cross at the lights, turning right when you get to the other side of the road. Carry on straight until you reach Newton Abbot Racecourse, which will be on your right.

By Air

Helicopters can land at the racecourse with prior permission from the Managing Director. Please contact in advance to arrange.

By Road

From The North

Newton Abbot is served by an extensive motorway network. Well signposted, the racecourse is just a short drive from Exeter and the M5. Racegoers should follow the A380 towards Torquay after leaving the M5 at Junction 31. There is ample free parking available in the centre of the racecourse.

From Plymouth and Cornwall

Racegoers should leave the A38 at the junction signposted Newton Abbot, following the A383 until the main roundabout on the outskirts of the town. Take the first exit for the A381, signposted to the Racecourse and Kingsteignton.

Dress Codes

What to wear

The dress code for Newton Abbot Racecourse is smart casual. Jeans are allowed in both the Course and Paddock Enclosures, but it is asked that visitors do not wear vests or remove their shirt. If you are dining in our Winning Post Restaurant or Paddock Restaurant, we encourage diners not to wear jeans. On Ladies’ Day, racegoers are invited to come in their finest attire for a chance to win some top prizes in the best dressed and best hat competitions.

Racecourse Information

The History

Situated just 10 miles south of Exeter Racecourse, Newton Abbot Racecourse is a flat, oval, tight, left-handed circuit of about 1 mile and 1 furlong that favours the handy type. There are seven fences to a circuit and a very short run-in.

In 1866, the present location of Newton Abbot Racecourse in Devon was purchased by local racing enthusiasts to create a space to celebrate equine sport in the region. The racing took off immediately, growing hugely popular. However, it was quite some time before the racecourse was equipped to be considered a proper racing venue. These regular race meetings have only ever been brought to a halt twice by the outbreak of the two world wars. Throughout the First World War, the racecourse was occupied by troops and used as a prisoner-of-war camp. During the Second World War only one day’s racing was held until peace was declared. The end of the war was celebrated with a huge crowd of 17,500 on August Bank Holiday in 1945.

In 1969, Her Majesty the Queen Mother opened the main grandstand. Corporate facilities were built in 1990 and each year more modern facilities have been added to attract passionate racegoers and businesses to this Devon racecourse.