Plumpton Racecourse
Accessibility at Plumpton Racecourse


We look forward to welcoming you to Plumpton Racecourse.

We aim to attract a wide range of visitors to all of our race meetings and events and welcome all people in society, irrespective of age, race, physical ability, intellect or sensory ability.

We have a range of facilities and amenities and are continually working towards raising standards in visitor facilities and customer care. In order to achieve this, we constantly review all forms of access and strive to demonstrate best practice in the management of our properties, in the services we provide, and towards the people we employ.

We carry out access audits to help identify areas where improvements are required and look at solutions to the issues raised. We not only want to comply with relevant legislation, but also to go further in providing a top quality experience for all visitors. We will endeavor to ensure that accessible people are not treated any less favorably, and that ‘reasonable adjustments’ are made where appropriate and possible through sensitive and creative solutions.

Where access to certain properties and amenities is not possible for various reasons alternative services will, wherever possible, assist in overcoming these restrictions.


The following accessible transport is available for our visitors:

There are a number of local taxi providers who offer wheelchair accessible transportation. These do require pre-booking:

  • ACE Taxis, Burgess Hill – 01444 848484
  • South Coast Taxis, Saltdean – 01273 301111
  • City Cabs, Brighton Station – 01273 205205
  • Streamline Taxis, Brighton and Hove (70+ accessible cabs available, usually at short notice) – 01273 202020

Southern Railways operate the train line between London Victoria and Hastings/Eastbourne which stops at Plumpton station. If you require assistance, you will need to pre-book this by contacting Southern Assisted Travel on 0800 1381016. For more information, please click here.

The pavement leading from the train station to the racecourse is tarmaced.

Car Parking and Arrival

There are two designated accessible (blue badge) car parking areas at Plumpton Racecourse.  The first of these is on tarmac and situated in the main public car park and approximately 10 metres to the nearest entrance. The second car parking area is in the centre of the course and on grass, situated next to the racecourse crossing point and opposite the Paddock.

To access these car parks, please display your parking permit – the car must contain the person named on the permit. These spaces are available on a first come first served basis – once they are full, our staff will park you in the next closest accessible location.

We also have a designated drop off point at the South Entrance by the South entrance.

Main Entrance, Reception, Ticketing and Turnstiles Area

Step free access is available at all entrances to the racecourse.

Whilst the normal admission price applies to accessible racegoers, it is our policy to provide a complimentary companion/personal assistant ticket for accessible ticket holders who require assistance. This can be organised either in advance by calling the racecourse office or on the day, and the companion/personal assistant admission policy can be found here.

We can provide a large print list of runners and riders on request from the racecourse office. If there is anything else that you require, please do contact us in advance on 01273 890383 to discuss your needs.

Facilities and Orientation

The buildings at Plumpton Racecourse date back to the 1960-80s, with some areas designed and built without considering the needs of accessible visitors.  Access is generally good however with access to all ground floor facilities.

We offer a free familiarisation visit on a non-racing day to carers organising a day’s racing for the first time.

The Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure is tarmaced aiding movement around the racecourse.

The Picnic Enclosure is largely grassed, with tarmac outside key facilities.

We have accessible toilets in the Paddock Bar, Lewes Bar and by the marquee and hire accessible toilets when the centre course area is open.

We have dedicated raised viewing areas in the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure, and to view the Parade Ring, plus access ramps to ground floor facilities.

We have outdoor seated stair lifts to the first floor of the Sussex and Southdown Stands. If you require assistance accessing first floor hospitality facilities, please contact us

Local Accommodation

For advice on accessible local hotels and B&Bs, please click here or contact the Visit Lewes information centre – 01273 484003

Additional Information

In the event of an emergency visual and audible provisions are in place to inform customer of evacuation. Staff are fully trained and available to provide assistance.

Plumpton Racecourse welcomes assistance dogs, and has water bowls available on request.

Please also refer to our Guests With Accessibility Needs information on this website.

Disabled Companion/Personal Assistant Admission Policy

In accordance with our obligations to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people, the racecourse is pleased to provide free admission to one accompanying companion/personal assistant in circumstances where a disabled person would otherwise be at a substantial disadvantage without the companion/personal assistant. A ticket for free companion/personal assistant admission on racedays is available on the terms below.

1. Companion/personal assistant admission

Provided that you purchase a valid advance raceday ticket for yourself, you are entitled to apply for ONE free ticket for the same raceday for the person who is accompanying you to assist you as a companion/personal assistant. The companion/personal assistant must be able to provide you with appropriate assistance which might include:

a) assisting you in moving around the racecourse;
b) helping you evacuate the racecourse in the event of an emergency;
c) accompanying and/or assisting you in using the racecourse’s toilets;
d) assisting you in purchasing refreshments and food or using other services.

Please note that the companion/personal assistant admission policy does apply to disabled persons under the age of 18 even though they are not required to purchase a ticket.

2. Companion/personal assistant ticket conditions

The free ticket provided to your companion/personal assistant will carry the same terms and conditions as the raceday ticket that you hold.

3. Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for free companion/personal assistant admission are regularly reviewed and the racecourse reserves the right to update them from time to time. Currently those who receive one of the following benefits are eligible to apply for a free companion/personal assistant ticket:

• Receipt of the mid-rate care element or the high rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement or Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
• Receipt of either the Severe Disablement Allowance or Attendance Allowance.
• War Pensioners' Mobility Allowance or War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disability.
• Blind or partially sighted registration certificate (BD8 or CVI Certificate) or evidence from an eye specialist, for example an optometrist, that the individual would qualify to be registered as severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted). Further advice can be found on the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) website.
• A personal letter from the GP, community nurse or social worker that the individual has a long term impairment or ‘disability' and requires assistance.
• Confirmation in writing from Social Services that the individual is included on their Deaf Register, or a letter or report from an aural specialist confirming that hearing loss has been recorded at 70 – 95 dBHL or worse.
• Confirmation in writing from Social Services that the individual has a learning difficulty or disability. This may include Proof of Registration with Social Services, or if not on the Local Authority Register, a letter from a doctor or support worker confirming that the individual has a difficulty in learning new skills, or may be unable to cope independently. For children – a letter from the head teacher at a special school confirming eligibility will be acceptable.

NB: This list is not an exhaustive list and consideration will always be given to any other evidence that can be provided.

Support and Advice

If you require any additional help and support please contact our Customer Services team:
Telephone: 01273 890383