Visitor Information

Travel Info & Map

Horse of the Year Show takes place at the Resorts World Arena, The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT.

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.

West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast 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.


Booking accommodation for your trip to HOYS could not be easier with our special rates on nearby hotels. HOYS can offer rooms at the following hotels: Genting Hotel, Arden Hotel and Leisure Club, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Crowne Plaza, Moxy Birmingham NEC and Stoneleigh Park Lodge. Rooms are subject to availability and prices may vary.

Where To Eat

The Explorer Bar by Schweppes

This steam-punk inspired bar is in the Westside area of Resorts World Arena. A variety of drinks are on offer, from premium spirits to locally brewed Peaky Blinder Ale. Book a table in this quirky lounge and enjoy a variety of options on the set menu priced from £20.95 or drop by and enjoy a G&T from the specialist gin range in the bar area. Book online at

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 Retail Village close daily.

The Retail Village Food Market

In Hall 1, the Food Market hosts a variety of food outlets and a large seating area. Enjoy a Subway, grab a pasty from Cornish Bakery or a meal deal from our Café Bar.

Opening hours may vary.

Resorts World Arena Food Express

Friday is treat day! The perfect time for a tasty burger or sustainably caught piece of fish with chips over in the Burger Kitchen or Fish and Chip Shop.

Open from 11.30am Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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 6.45am until close of the TopSpec Arena.

Disabled Visitors

Getting Here

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

Manual wheelchairs and electric scooters are available for hire from the venue. The NEC strongly advise visitors to pre-book equipment to avoid disappointment. For more information on booking mobility equipment, please visit the NEC website here.

Booking Tickets:


The Ticket Factory offer a free of charge Access Requirements Register in collaboration with Nimbus Disability, who operate the national Access Card.

When you register, they will handle all of your information securely and safely without us ever having to see the detail behind why you need accessible seating options.

Once you have registered, Nimbus will provide you with a unique code which you can then use to link your access needs into The Ticket Factory booking system. This will then open up accessible seating options for you to book online as well as make necessary arrangements should you qualify for a free essential companion ticket, specific to your requirements.

For more details of how to register, please visit The Ticket Factory website here.

By Phone

The Ticket Factory also operates a free disabled ticket booking line 0800 640 5001 (+44 121 7966100 from outside the UK – chargeable). Lines are open 9am to 7pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 5pm (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays). Please note: tickets for the next event taking place in 2021 are not yet on sale.


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