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Where to be for the best views
Warwick has an open enclosure policy, and all race goers in the main enclosure can use all the facilities. This includes the modern grandstand, with its excellent views of all the racing action. There is also access to the parade ring, winners enclosure, non reservation restaurant facilities, and all bars. The 1707 Restaurant is located next to the Grandstand, and overlooks the winning post. The restaurant has a capacity of 150 guests, so smaller parties of race goers can book a table for a whole meeting, enjoy silver service of good food, while watching the racing action. On the second floor of the grandstand, the Kingmaker Restaurant offers up to 50 guests all day reservations, good food, and superb views of the racecourse. The Chandler Seafood Restaurant offers a non reservation facility serving seafood dishes with a selection of hand picked champagnes and wines. The Dukes Bar is one of several well stocked and atmospheric bar facilities in the main enclosure.
How to find us
Warwick train station is a short 20 minute walk from the racecourse, situated in the town just one mile away. Warwick Parkway is also a station which is situated on the outskirts of the town and only a short taxi ride away.
With prior permission helicopters can land on the course on racedays only. For more information contact 01926 405 560.
Easily accessible from M40 (Junction 15), M42, M5 and the M6. Warwick Racecourse is located on Hampton Street which is just off the A429 as you enter Warwick town from Junction 15.
Parking is free of charge in the raceday car parks located on site.
What to wear
Warwick Racecourse does not operate a dress code, however, it is encouraged that you dress up for the bigger events of the year. It is prefered that gentlemen do not wear sports shorts or denim shorts. Warwick Racecourse reserves the right to refuse entry or ask any person to leave if their attire is thought to be unsuitable.
Warwick Racecourse is rich with heritage and has certainly played its part in making horseracing what it is today, most notably for being the first course to add a jump race into its programme, establishing national hunt racing as it’s known today. With a prime location right next to Warwick castle the Racecourse is one of the oldest in the country with racing being tracked back as far as 1694. This was in hope of attracting wealthy professionals in hope of rebuilding the area's wealth. The first stand was built in 1808 and since then has undergone large refurbishment. In 2014 Warwick Racecourse announced an end to flat racing and it would continue from 2015 onwards with a 17 fixture all jumps programme. In the grounds of the racecourse there is a 9 hole-golf course and a driving range. The area is a popular place for locals to walk their dogs.
The left-handed track extends for over a mile and five furlongs and is broad with round edges with sharpish turns. Horses with plenty of toe and with the ability to front run are at an advantage if they can cope with the tight turns as the run-in is relatively short. The flat track features a spur for five furlong races and this is also used for the start of races over two miles plus at the course. The steeplechase circuit features five fairly stiff fences in quick succession in the back straight and these can unsettle some jumpers along with the undulating terrain. Just like the flat course it favours speedy, adaptable front runners who are often hard to overhaul on the 240 yard run-in.