Visitor Information

Travel Info & Map

By TrainThe NEC and the NEC Arena are served by Birmingham International station, connected by a covered bridge link. London is only 75 minutes away and trains also run direct to many regional towns and cities.

Between Birmingham New St and Birmingham International there are up to 7 trains an hour Monday-Saturday and up to 5 trains an hour on Sunday.

London Midland, Virgin Trains and CrossCountry all call at Birmingham International. Visit the National Rail website for more information or call 08457 48 49 50.

Further information about travelling to the NEC by rail.

By RoadBirmingham is at the hub of the UK motorway network, enabling visitors to travel directly from the M6, M11, M40 and M42. Car parking is available in the vicinity of the NEC.
Postcode: B40 1NT. For further information, follow the link below.

Detailed maps and travel directions.

By BusFor information on travelling to the NEC via the bus, please follow the link below:

Further information about travelling to the NEC by bus.

By AirMore than 20 international airlines serve Birmingham International Airport, which is conveniently situated a few minutes from the NEC and the NEC Arena. Together they provide scheduled flights from 34 destinations in the UK, Europe and North America. The NEC is also easily accessible from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and other regional airports. 

Further information about travelling to the NEC by air

ParkingThe NEC has over 22,000 car park spaces specifically for people visiting the NEC.

Parking costs:
 Car: £10.00

For further information about parking follow the link below:

Further information about parking at the NEC


Booking accommodation for your trip to HOYS could not be easier with our special rates on nearby hotels. Our onsite hotel liaison takes care of every detail during your stay, all you need to do is choose which hotel!

HOYS can offer rooms at the following hotels: The Genting Hotel, Arden Hotel and Leisure Club, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Crowne Plaza and Stoneleigh Park Lodge.

Rooms are subject to availability and prices may vary. For more information and to book your hotel, click the link below

Where To Eat

The Retail Village Food & Bar Self Service Restaurant

Situated on the west side of Hall One, this self-service brasserie style restaurant and bar will offer a wide choice of hot and cold food and will operate a full English & Continental breakfast until 11.00am, before switching to lunch service with a range of hot & cold courses.

Open 8.00am until 9.00pm daily. The bar will be open from 10.30am until 9.00pm

The Edge – In Hall Restaurant

One restaurant, offering four deliciously different styles of food. From homemade favourites to continental classics. Our newest offering to the NEC welcomes you to take a seat and enjoy Italian in EvViva, hearty British food in the Oak Kitchen, handcrafted deli delights in the Made Handcrafted café or take on our man vs food Beast burger at the Bar and Grill restaurant. Situated in Hall 1 amongst the HOYS Retail Village.

Open 8.00am until 9.00pm daily

The Retail Village Food Market

This area showcases Subway, Deli Carvery, Pasty Presto, Burger Meal Deals and also features a café bar with freshly made soups and baguettes.

The Arena Air Table Service Restaurant

This relaxing table service restaurant is found on the arena east concourse and is the perfect setting for quality food and service. Offering a fine dining experience with two and three course menus showcasing the freshest ingredients of the season. Telephone bookings are highly recommended. Alternatively, email to make your booking.

Telephone bookings (highly recommended) 0121 767 3663 Open 3:00pm – 9:00pm daily.

Westside Brasserie – Traditional Carvery Restaurant

The intimate brassiere is found just off the west concourse of the Arena and offers chef carved traditional roasted meats with all the trimmings. Telephone bookings are highly recommended. Alternatively email to make your booking.

Telephone 0121 767 3663. Open 12.00pm – 9.30pm daily.

NEC Arena Food Express & Sugar Rush Stores

Food Courts & Kiosks on the arena concourse offer a wide selection of popular and quality fast food and beverages including snacks, breakfast and lunch options.

Food Kiosks – Staggered Opening from 7.00am – 9.30pm daily.
Bar Kiosks – Staggered Opening from 11.30am – 9.30pm daily.

TopSpec Arena Food Court

Offering a range of units, including a Champagne & Seafood Bar, freshly made baguettes, specialised coffees, cold drinks & ice creams.
The NEC does not permit picnic hampers, baskets, glass bottles, flasks or canned drinks to be brought into the venue.

Open 6.00am – the close of the TopSpec Arena.

Disabled Visitors

Disabled visitors to HOYS who are travelling by train should disembark at Birmingham International Railway Station, access to The NEC and The Genting Arena is via the bridge-link.

All levels of The NEC and The Genting Arena are accessible to wheelchair users, via ramps or lifts. The Piazza main entrance has automatic doors. Tactile signage is fitted in or by the majority of lifts and public areas. Assistance dogs are welcome at the NEC.

For vehicles displaying blue badges parking is situated at or near the main entrances.

Additional parking is also available in main car parks and these are serviced by free shuttle buses which are accessible to wheelchair users. When you arrive at the Genting Arena, Traffic Officers will direct you to the most convenient parking area

For more information about Disabled Tickets please call 0800 640 5001.

Please check your tickets for the “doors open time”, and arrive in plenty of time.

The Genting Arena can be extremely busy before the start of an event.

Please inform the venue at the time of booking if you need a wheelchair space or have any special requirements, so that it can be arranged for everything to be ready on your arrival.

Manual wheelchairs are available for use within The Genting Arena, free of charge. Please telephone 0121 200 2000 ext. 7191 to book in advance.

In addition, the HOYS ringside hospitality structure is accessible to disabled visitors via a dedicated lift as is the Champions Bar area.

For more information and bookings please call the disabled patrons number on 0121 782 3555.


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The ticket release date for HOYS 2018 has not yet been confirmed. Please keep an eye on the HOYS website and social media channels for any updates. Make sure you subscribe to the HOYS newsletter to receive exclusive information on tickets and competitions! Sign Up here
Tickets will be dispatched between two and four weeks before the Show. If you are worried your tickets have not arrived please contact The Ticket Factory on 0844 581 8282.
Disabled seating is priced at C Band prices with the exception of hospitality. All disabled visitors attending shows are advised to call the NEC’s dedicated Ticket Line for disabled visitors when booking tickets – 0844 581 0700.

The NEC’s service partner is Bartrams who operate a mobility equipment hire service. Bookings can be made via their website or by telephone Monday to Friday 0900hrs-1700hrs on 01353 778756. For any visitors who have not pre-booked equipment, any remaining stock will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Manual wheelchairs are free of charge to blue badge holders, £5 per day to other visitors. Electric scooters are £15 per day for all visitors. For more information CLICK HERE.

You can look at our Results section on the website by clicking here. Or if you have a query about results that you cannot find on the site, please contact our Equestrian Department by emailing
Shopping Only tickets are available on our Golden Ticket days which are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. These are priced at £10.00 and are available to purchase here.

A Golden Ticket day means that you will have access to both the daytime AND the evening performance at HOYS with just one ticket. Golden ticket days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. However, weekend visitors will still have all-day access to the Retail Village.
The 2018 timetable is not yet available. Make sure you subscribe to the HOYS newsletter to receive exclusive information! Sign Up here
The postcode for the NEC is B40 1NT. For more information click here.
HOYS 2018 takes place from Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th October.
Competitors must qualify to compete at HOYS. Details of qualifying shows can be found here. In order to enter the qualifying class you and your horse must be registered with the relevant society or association. If details of the qualifier you are looking for is not yet online or you have a competitor query, please email
The Ode to the Horse was written by Ronald Duncan, a copy of the poem can be found here.
The current music played during laps of honour is Holyrood by the Band of the RAF Regiment. This can change from year to year.
The Official Photographer for HOYS 2017 is 1st Class Images. Find out more about the here.
Please monitor our websites as any vacancies are posted online in the first instance. If you would like to volunteer to work at the Show, please send a CV and covering letter to to register your interest.
The Ticket Factory manages the ticketing for HOYS and charges a booking/admin/fulfilment fee per ticket for doing so. If you purchase your tickets in cash and in person at the NEC, a booking/admin/fulfilment fee will not be charged.
Tickets for HOYS can be purchased on the door on the day of the show subject to availability. However, as many performances sell out, we recommend all visitors purchase their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Children aged two years and under, who sit on the laps of their parent/guardian, do not need their own ticket.
Children 15 years and under, and senior citizens aged 60 years and over are eligible for concession rates.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are split between a daytime and an evening performance. Visitors with an evening performance ticket will still be able to gain access to the Retail Village throughout the day, but will only be able to gain access to the arena for the evening performance. Equally, visitors with a daytime performance ticket will still be able to gain access to the Retail Village after the end of the daytime performance and until the Retail Village closes.
Following the recent events, we understand that you may be concerned about security for Horse of the Year Show amongst other events. For the most up to date public safety information at the NEC please visit