FAQs

FAQs

What time does the racecourse open?

The Racecourse opens between 2 and 2 and a half hours before the first race.

What should I wear?

Generally there is no particular dress code at Musselburgh Racecourse. Dress for the weather and wear what you feel comfortable in for a day of outdoor entertainment. All public walk areas are paved so suitable for any form of footwear.

On Ladies Day and Edinburgh Cup Day, racegoers make an extra effort to dress up for these special highlights in the racing calendar. Dress to impress if you want to be in with an opportunity to win some of the fantastic prizes for best outfit or best hat (on Ladies Day).

Is fancy dress wear allowed?

Yes, however we do ask that the fancy dress is appropriate to be seen by all ages and not discriminatory.

I have booked a corporate package. When should guests arrive?

An itinerary with badges will be issued approximately 6 weeks prior to the raceday. We advise guests to aim to arrive at the racecourse for the “gates opening” time so that you allow sufficient time to enjoy your meal before the racing starts.

Can I get public transport to the racecourse?

Musselburgh Racecourse is serviced by excellent public transport links to/from Edinburgh. Bus services are provided by First Bus (113, X24) and Lothian Buses (44, 26) with stops close to the racecourse.

The nearest train station to Musselburgh Racecourse is Wallyford Station on the Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick train line operating an hourly service. A courtesy raceday bus operates from Wallyford Park and Ride (240 metres from Station Platform) to the Racecourse, timed to meet trains from Edinburgh and from North Berwick and also operates at the end of the racing.

Are there parking facilities at the racecourse?

Free car and coach parking is available close to the racecourse. Follow the signage to Musselburgh Racecourse and then signs direct to the public car park, located just off Balcarres Road. Camper vans are also welcome, however space is restricted. A courtesy shuttle bus runs from the car park to the racecourse entrances.

Disabled guests with blue badges are permitted to park in the Owners/Trainers and Disabled car park just off Linkfield Road, subject to availability. Please display blue badge to gain entry.

Guests can also be dropped off outside the Main Entrance before taking the short drive to the car park. It is a 5 minute walk to the main entrance or board the courtesy Raceday Shuttle Bus which operates between the car park and the racecourse.

Where is the best area to view the racing?

Musselburgh Racecourse is designed so that viewing is accessible to everyone no matter where you are located by the course, however, one of the best views is from the Grandstand in front of the Bookies betting area.

To feel the thrill of the race, the best place to stand is right by the rails as the horses thunder past - an absolutely breathtaking spectacle. During jump season you can stand next to one of the hurdles or fences and really get a sense of the energy and power of the horses as they fly past. Disabled guests can access viewing ramps at three points along the running rails.

All racing can be watched live from the Grandstand at the front of the racecourse. You can also see all the action from the giant screen positioned near the winning post as well as on Racing TV screens in our bars and restaurants.

Are there any gaps between racing?

There is a 30-35 minute gap between races. This is a perfect time to visit the Parade Ring, place a bet or enjoy a refreshment.

What are the choices of places to eat and drink?

Musselburgh Racecourse offers a great selection of places to eat and drink including restaurants, bars and a cafe. These facilities are ideal for those who want to make up their mind on the day and the options include everything from a home-cooked style meal to an on the go snack.

In addition, on Seasonal Highlight fixtures there are outdoor outlets located around the course including Well Hung & Tender Burgers, Union of Genius Soup and an Edinburgh Gin bar. If you prefer to be outdoors then pack a picnic and enjoy fantastic views of the racetrack from around the Grandstand.

Please note, no liquids can be brought into the Racecourse on any raceday.

Do restaurants need to be booked in advance?

Musselburgh Racecourse offers superior facilities for hospitality and dining. Advance booking is required and generally closes one week prior. The private suites and balconies within the Queen's Stand provide an unrivalled position to entertain guests or experience fine dining in the Epperston Restaurant with panoramic views overlooking the racecourse.

We recommend advance booking for the Bistro Restaurant to guarantee a table, however this is a 'walk-in' restaurant.

Are dogs allowed in the Racecourse grounds?

Yes, but we do request that dogs are kept on a lead at all times and are cleaned up after.