The rural county of Cumbria consistently wows visitors with its wealth of natural beauty, spanning glassy lakes and dramatic mountain vistas. Home to every English peak over 3,000ft, the Lake District and even parts of the Yorkshire Dales, it could be said that Cumbria actually has more than its fair share of attractions. To add to the list, it's the home of one of the country's most popular racecourses at Cartmel. Despite the rural location, Cartmel Racecourse is within easy reach of many of the finest hotels in Cumbria.
A Popular Racetrack
Cartmel Racecourse may be relatively small, but it's among the most popular in the UK. Only Aintree and Cheltenham can claim higher average attendances on race day, with Cartmel regularly welcoming crowds exceeding 20,000.
It's not just the excitement of the summer's seven race days that makes the venue so popular. It's also home to a pair of fine restaurants and several large public bars serving real ale and locally sourced food.
Private Hire at Cartmel Racecourse
Even if the horses aren't running, it's still possible to enjoy the stunning venue at Cartmel. The complex is available to hire for weddings and corporate events.
Weddings take place in the 800-year-old priory church, and the rural setting makes a special backdrop for all your wedding photographs.
The conference space can accommodate as many as 140 people, with a variety of configurations on offer. AV equipment is all provided and first-rate catering is also on-hand.
Accommodation Close to Cartmel Racecourse
The rural village of Cartmel is small, but that doesn't mean visitors will be stuck for somewhere to stay. The village is close to many of the best hotels in Cumbria, from affordable B&Bs to luxurious spa hotels.
The Uplands Hotel and Restaurant is located just minutes from the racecourse. The charming rural property features a gorgeous garden and free WiFi throughout. The location in the south of Cumbria is ideal for exploring the Lake District by car. There's parking at the hotel to make life easier.
Just a few miles away from Cartmel, the Cumbria Grand Hotel offer spectacular views out to sea. There are tennis courts within the grounds and the track's still just minutes away on race day.