An annual meeting at Beverley was first established in 1767. Before that races had only occasionally been run there. Then, for a short period between 1798 and 1805 racing once again stopped. Later in the 19th century a three day meeting was taking place annually in the week after York's May meeting. In 2012, Beverley hosted racing on 19 days. Its most prestigious races being two Listed races - the Hilary Needler Trophy for two-year-olds in May and Beverley Bullet Sprint over 5 furlongs in August for three-year-olds and up.
The racecourse is a right-handed flat course, that is just over 1 mile 3 furlongs. It is predominantly flat but with a stiff, uphill finish and tight turns. Beverley has the most pronounced "draw bias" on a UK racecourse on its 5 furlong course. The sharp right hand bend and the fact that the ground runs away to the left make a low draw (i.e. on the inside rail) much more advantageous than a high draw (i.e. on the wide outside and on ground sloping right to left).
The first grandstand was commissioned for the racecourse on 22 May 1767 at a cost of £1,000. A £90,000 stand was opened in Tattersalls enclosure in 1968.
It has been described as an "unpretentious but agreeable" racecourse.