Getting Here

Situated within the beautiful Cartmel Peninsula of South Lakeland, you are guaranteed scenic views whichever mode of transport you choose to arrive in!

By car

Cartmel Racecourse is most easily accessed from junction 36 of the M6 via the A590. Follow the signs towards Barrow and Ulverston until you reach the turn-off for High Newton, where you will also see a sign for Cartmel Priory. Our temporary yellow event signage will be in place from the A590. The lanes around the racecourse are very beautiful, but also quite narrow. To assist with the traffic management, we make several of the lanes ONE-WAY – so it is particularly important that you follow the event signage and NOT your sat-nav!

It is also particularly important to follow the signage for the correct enclosure (Paddock or Course), as you will be turned around on the gate and advised of a detour route if you arrive at the wrong entrance.

Follow Paddock Enclosure signs if you:

  • Have pre-booked Paddock Parking (not available on the day)
  • Are a guest of our Louis Roederer Restaurant or Parade Ring Restaurant
  • Are an Annual Member, Owner, Trainer or Jockey

Please note, Paddock Parking is only available via pre-booking, even if you have Paddock tickets.

Follow Course Enclosure signs if you:

  • Have NOT pre-booked parking
  • Have booked Course Enclosure tickets
  • Have booked Paddock Enclosure tickets but not parking
  • Have booked Camping tickets
  • Have NOT booked any tickets at all and will be paying on the gate”

By taxi

The drop off and pick up point for taxi services including minibuses is opposite Cartmel Priory School on Headless Cross near the Pig & Whistle. Taxis are unfortunately unable to drop off at the main entrances due to the one way system. We strongly recommend that you pre-book a taxi if required as they can be in short supply.

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By coach

Free coach parking is available for coaches and minibuses staying for the day. Follow signs to Coach Parking through Cartmel Village. Coaches and minibuses dropping off, please use the drop off and pick up point outside Cartmel Priory School on Headless Cross near the Pig & Whistle.

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By public transport

The nearest train station is Cark-in-Cartmel, two miles from the Racecourse. For train timetables please visit

The Travellers Choice will be offering independent shuttle bus services to and from Cartmel Village / Cark-in-Cartmel railway – please check all times, dates and updates on their website before you set off. Click here for their information!


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By helicopter

Helicopters can land near to the Racecourse; please give two weeks’ notice and call for details. Charges will apply.

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