Leicester’s very own horse racing facility located in the village of Oadby, just outside the city of Leicester on the south east. Events hosted here are of both traditional horse racing types; these are: the national hunt and flat racing. The former is an event where the horses are racing on a track filled with hurdles or fences that they must overcome, whereas the latter is an unobstructed track with a set distance. The Leicester Racecourse is a great facility for a day out with the family, a different birthday with friends, or even conferences and weddings. In fact, the Leicester Racecourse boasts excellent facilities for hire to cater for large groups.
Opened in 1773 AD, Leicester Racecourse was established only 23 years after the Jockey Club codified the racing rules in Britain. The sport has Roman origins, and until 1750 AD there wasn’t a rule book set in stone to establish fair play. Since then the sport gained much of its integrity, where big events such as the Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival are marked as two very important dates in the country’s social calendar. There is also a claim that it is the second largest spectator sport after football, however how credible this claim is we cannot be sure of.
The closest road to the racecourse is the A563 Palmerston Way. If you are coming from the city centre on the A6 heading south, take the 2nd exit on the roundabout to get onto the ring road parallel to the A563. This ring road should lead you to the racecourse, which is signposted. Parking at Leicester Racecourse is free and can take up to 2000 vehicles.
Nothing like a thrilling race to work your appetite, well you’re in luck because on this page you will find the best restaurants near Leicester Racecourse. If you’re looking for a place to eat nearby Leicester Racecourse, just have a browse through the page for the best of what is on offer in a 15 mile radius.
Did you know the course is Oval shaped and is a total of 2 miles in distance?