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Where to be for the best views

Bibury Enclosure

The Bibury Enclosure is Salisbury’s premier enclosure and has the widest choice of bars and other facilities available. It is also closest to the winning line for race viewing. It has two Stands, one of which has a seated area with just under 300 seats. Racegoers in this enclosure can view the horses in the Parade Ring before each race, and the Winners’ Enclosure afterwards. They can also freely visit both of the other enclosures, including the Sarum Enclosure, particularly to make use of any children’s entertainments on days they are provided.

Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure

The Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure has a good choice of facilities and includes access to the Parade Ring before each race, and to the Winners' Enclosure afterwards. Racegoers can also visit the Sarum Enclosure, particularly to make use of any children's entertainments on days they are provided. Grandstand & Paddock clients can only visit the Bibury Enclosure if they pay the appropriate upgrade and are suitably dressed.

Sarum Enclosure

The Sarum Enclosure provides what is basically needed for a day’s racing including a good view of the racing, however, racegoers in this part of the course are unable to gain access to the main side of the racecourse to view the horses in the Parade Ring or Winners' Enclosure. Upgrades to the other two enclosures are possible on the day, subject to ticket availability.

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Travel Information

How to find us


By Train

Salisbury railway station is on several major routes and can be reached from the following: London Waterloo, Basingstoke, Southampton Central, Portsmouth Harbour, Bristol Temple Meads, Yeovil Junction. The railway station is about 4 miles away from the racecourse and a single taxi journey is about £10 and takes about 15 minutes. Please note that the racecourse puts on a free bus service from the railway station and then Castle Street.

By Bus

A courtesy bus operates on racedays. The bus departs Salisbury train station at a set time and stops at stop J in Castle Street 15 minutes later. Buses returning to Salisbury railway station and stop J in Castle Street will leave from the Racecourse Coach Park 20 minutes prompt following the start of the last race.

By Air

Helicopter landing is permitted at Salisbury Racecourse with prior permission from the racecourse office only.

By Road

From Southampton Take the A36 northbound and follow the brown tourism signs as you approach Salisbury.

From the West Come off the A303 at Deptford and take the A36 southbound towards Wilton and Salisbury, and then follow the brown tourism signs.

Dress Codes

What to wear

There is a ‘Smart Casual’ code for racegoers in the Bibury Enclosure. Smart jeans only – no ripped or faded denim. No shorts, sportswear or trainers. Collared shirts and trousers for gentlemen, but ties are not essential. Grandstand & Paddock and the Sarum Enclosures are a little more relaxed and we would advise that you dress according to the weather.

Racecourse Information

The History

There has been racing at the race course located three miles from Salisbury since the mid-16th century. Many great horses have won at the track, including Gimcrack (1768), Eclipse (1769), Sun Chariot (1941), Mill Reef (1970) and Brigadier Gerard (1970). Sir Percy, winner of the 2006 Derby, and Look Here, winner of the 2008 Oaks, had both won at Salisbury the previous year. Jockey Lester Piggott first rode in public at Salisbury when he was aged twelve; that was in 1948 when he was an apprentice jockey and weighed just five stone. American jockey Steve Cauthen made his British debut at the course in 1979 when he rode Marquee Universal to victory here. It was here in 1949 that Winston Churchill first raced his Colonist II in the one mile Upavon Stakes. The horse won, and went on to win the Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot later that year. About sixteen race meetings take place at Salisbury Racecourse each year between early May and mid-October. It is a downland flat-racing course with no jumps. There is a mix of race types with the majority being handicaps, where horses of similar ability race against each other, and maidens, where horses which have yet to win a race compete. The course is also renowned for its races for two-year-olds, and many of these young horses have gone on to achieve great things.