Horses Could Race In Front Of Bath’s Iconic Royal Crescent


01 April 2019

Bath Racecourse has put in a planning application with Bath & North East Somerset Council to move the first fixture of the season – the Good Friday Raceday on 19th April – to the iconic Royal Crescent in Bath.

One of Bath’s most iconic landmarks, The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775 and designed by John Wood the Younger. The impressive landmark is arranged around a perfect lawn overlooking Royal Victoria Park and forms a sweeping crescent of 30 Grade I Listed terrace houses.

Following the announcement last year regarding successful trials of City Racing at Aintree, Bath Racecourse is excited to be discussing plans with BANES Council about taking horseracing into Bath’s historic City centre.

Jo Hall, Bath Racecourse’s Executive Director, commented:

“The Royal Crescent is instantly recognisable as one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture anywhere in the UK, so we thought, why not move our first race fixture of the season to this iconic landmark? As it’s only 500-foot long, we’ll get the racehorses to do several laps around The Crescent and Royal Victoria Park and everyone can watch from the middle; it’ll be fantastic if we can get it all approved.”

One of The Royal Crescent residents commented:

“Sounds like a great idea! I love horseracing and now I can watch it from my window!”

Bath Racecourse’s first fixture of the season takes place on Good Friday, 19 April. Tickets are available at


Only joking! There are no plans for racing to take place around The Royal Crescent - this was just a silly April Fools! 

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