Newcastle Racecourse Guide

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About Newcastle Racecourse

Flat / National Hunt

Racing since the 17th Century

Horseracing is recorded in the North East for the past 350 years, records starting at Killingworth in the early 17th century.

The Northumberland Plate

The Town Moor hosted the first recorded Northumberland Plate in 1833 and did so until 1881 when the race was transferred to the current track at High Gosforth Park.

All-Weather Track

In 2016 the turf track was changed to an all-weather surface for Flat racing, though the turf Jumps course remains.

The Northern Hemisphere’s Melbourne Cup

The Northumberland Plate continues to be run (now on the all-weather) and is one of the most valuable two-mile handicaps in the world. Also known as the Pitmens’ Derby it is sometimes described as the Northern Hemisphere’s Melbourne Cup.

Important Races/Festivals


  • Road: Follow signs bearing from the A1, A19 and main approach roads to the city.
  • Rail: The nearest stations are Regent Centre Metro Station and Newcastle Central Station.
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 0191 236 2020.

What to Wear to Newcastle Racecourse

What to Wear to Newcastle Racecourse, What to Wear to Newcastle

Based in Gosforth Park, Newcastle Racecourse is one of the most popular racecourses with over 60 racedays. The Northumberland Plate is the highlight of Newcastle’s racing calendar. Often compared with the Melbourne Cup in Australia, this three-day festival has first class racing and a true party atmosphere. Read full article…

The Newcastle Races Directory - Local Services

Travelling to Newcastle Racecourse? Want to know where to stay, where to eat, where to get your hair and nails done? How about where the best pubs are and the name of a reliable taxi? We can help. Check back frequently – this section is updated on a regular basis. 

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