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Based in the heart of Herefordshire, Hereford Racecourse entertained over 20000 racegoers last season with jump racing and beautiful views over the city.

The racecourse is owned by Herefordshire Council, leased and operated by Arena Racing Company. The first recorded race meeting was in 1771 and many horses have started their racing careers on this course. After a four year closure, the National Hunt Racing resumed in October 2016 with 5,000 racegoers attending.


Champion jockey Richard Johnson had his first winner at Hereford. The Rusty Bridge fine dining restaurant is named after that horse and offers the finest produce sought locally. The ground floor restaurant is at the heart of the course and has stunning views.

For a more informal day, Kidwells Grandstand and Paddock Bar overlooks the parade ring and also the finishing straight. Here you can enjoy your day with home cooked food and a drink.

A private box gives the racegoer an elevated view over the whole racecourse from the balcony. Packages are provided to suit individual needs – and you can even make your bets from your dining table!

Kidwells grandstand

Upcoming events

Ladies Day – Saturday 10th March. Gates open at 11.40

What a day is planned with prizes for the best-dressed couple and best-dressed lady. Live entertainment with a dance display team and comedy fitness instructors. The Rusty Bridge restaurant is providing various ticket options and if you want to take advantage of watching France v England 6 Nations game after racing you can get a pie and a pint ticket option for the Paddock Bar. Visit the website to book.

Irish Raceday – Tuesday 27th March

This is the last fixture of the season and to celebrate the end of the Hereford racing calendar, the organisers are putting on an inaugural Irish Raceday with live music from an Irish Band and other themed activities and entertainment. The race day package on offer for this event is the Pie and Guinness package. Visit the website to book.

North Ledbury Hunt Point to Point – Saturday 14th April

The last horses on the course of this season will be the Ledbury Hunt point to point. If you like horse racing, the point to point is always a good day out with friends and family.

Venue Hire

Apart from racing, the racecourse is used throughout the year on non-racedays for various events from weddings, birthday parties, conferences, fun fairs and festivals. It can cater for numbers from 5 – 300 indoors and for up to 10,000 for outdoor events. If you are looking for somewhere to hold your event it might be worth enquiring.

Whatever event you may be attending at the Racecourse, if you require accommodation why not contact us and see what we have to offer.