Southwell Racecourse

Southwell Racecourse is close to the River Trent that is situated in the East Midlands just 15 miles away from Nottingham. The course is all weather, meaning races take place all year round. The left handed course is an oval shape, and features six portable fences.


The racecourse at Southwell has been around since as long ago as 1850. In 1886, the racecourse had its first grandstand, although riding conditions were difficult. However, in 1897 it was decided a new track was to be made and almost seventy years later a new enclosure stand was built and opened in 1965. The track became all weather in 1989, which is also the year Southwell held an all-weather National Hunt meeting for the first time.

Southwell Racecourse

Southwell Racecourse

Since then, the racecourse has attracted many famous jockeys to its grounds such as Frankie Dettori, who has won Royal Ascot 23 times. Southwell Racecourse is now the third busiest racecourse in the UK, and has 74 horse racing fixtures a year.

Ticket Information

Standard Fixtures

  • Grandstand Enclosure – £10 per person
  • Premier Enclosure – £15 per person

Festival Fixtures

  • Grandstand Enclosure – £12 per person
  • Premier Enclosure – £20 per person

Contact Details


Southwell Racecourse
NG25 0TS


01636 814481


01636 812271



You can go to the Southwell Racecourse website for more information by clicking on the link here

Other Information

Restaurant Facilities

For high quality food and service, the Queen Mother Restaurant in the Premier Enclosure is a must, as it has views either side as well as over the Parade Ring. Bookings are essential, however, and can be made online at Bookings at Southwell Racecourse

Another popular restaurant is The Pantry, offering home made food at reasonable prices. Alternatively racegoers can visit The Fish and Chip Shop, which has been recently recommended in the Racing Post.

There are also three bars on the track all with easy access to betting facilities. The Minster Bar which is situated in the Premier Enclosure has easy access to private viewing of the racecourse. The Sherwood Bar and Castle Bar offer a good selection of drinks, and the Castle Bar offers a carvery.

Dress code

There is a strict dress code in the Premier Enclosure and all hospitality areas. T-Shirts, shorts or trainers are not allowed.

Disabled facilities

Toilets are available in the main betting hall. Lifts containing Braille buttons are also available to the first floor and can be accessed from the Parade Ring entrance to the main grandstand.


The racecourse also offers a small number of motel rooms, priced at £40 per night. Bookings can be made by contacting Anne Steele by telephone on 0870 220 2332 or by email at

For businesses

Hospitality boxes are available for morning business meetings followed by afternoon racing, and a marquee can also be provided for up to 300 people. Boxes include a premier enclosure badge, racecard and four course meal for guests. For more information, email or call 01636 814481.

Travel Information

By Car:

The racecourse is just outside the village of Rolleston in Nottinghamshire. The A1 is the most direct route. If you are coming from the south, exit to go on the A6065 and then follow the A617, following the signs for the racecourse.

By Train:

Take the train to Nottingham train station and then catch a train from there to Rolleston station.