Casinos in the UK

Whilst we're big fans of the convenience, game variety and bonuses that can be found at online casinos, there's no denying that the atmosphere you get when playing at a land based casino in person is pretty hard to beat.

In this next section we've provided a guide to all of the brick and mortar casinos found in the UK. For each we've provided useful information on visiting (including dress codes, opening hours and available games) as well as what you can expect to find once you've walked through the doors.

Map of UK Casinos

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And as we've done for out other land based gaming sections, we also provide a list of all land based casinos in the UK, along with the group that runs them and their opening times.

List of Casinos in the UK

Casino Opening Hours
Alea Glasgow
Caesars Entertainment
12pm-8am Daily
Alea Nottingham
Caesars Entertainment
24/7
Aspers Casino Northampton
Aspers Group
24/7
Aspers Casino The Gate Newcastle
Aspers Group
24/7
Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City
Aspers Group
24/7
Broadway Casino
Independent
24/7
Casino 36 Stockport
Independent
24/7
Casino 36 Wolverhampton
Independent
24/7
Casino at the Corinthian
Independent
Sun-Thurs: 12pm–5am, Fri-Sat: 12pm-6am
Crockfords Casino
Genting
24/7
Crown Aspinalls Casino
Independent
24/7
Empire Casino
Caesars Entertainment
24/7
Games at the Vic
Grosvenor
10am-10pm Daily
Genting Casino Birmingham Edgbaston
Genting
2pm-4am Daily
Genting Casino Birmingham Star City
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Casino Bolton
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Casino Bournemouth
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino Brighton
Genting
2pm-5am Daily
Genting Casino Bristol
Genting
Mon-Thurs: 1pm-5am, Fri-Sun: 1pm-6am
Genting Casino Chinatown
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino Edinburgh Fountain Park
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Casino Edinburgh Leith
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Casino Edinburgh York Place
Genting
2pm-6am Daily
Genting Casino Glasgow
Genting
11am-6am Daily
Genting Casino Leicester
Genting
11am-6am Daily
Genting Casino Liverpool Renshaw Street
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino London Cromwell Mint
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino Luton
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino Margate
Genting
11am-6am Daily
Genting Casino Newcastle
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino Nottingham
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Casino Plymouth
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Casino Riverlights Derby
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino Salford
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino Southampton
Genting
24/7
Genting Casino Torquay
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Casino Wirral
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Club Blackpool
Genting
11am-6am Daily
Genting Club Coventry
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Club Liverpool Queen Square
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Club Manchester
Genting
24/7
Genting Club Reading
Genting
24/7
Genting Club Southport
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Club Stoke
Genting
12pm-6am Daily
Genting Club Westcliff
Genting
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Aberdeen
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Barracuda London
Grosvenor
From 7.30pm Daily
Grosvenor Casino Birmingham Broad Street
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Birmingham Hill Street
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Blackpool
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Bolton
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Bournemouth
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Bradford
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Brighton
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Bristol
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Cardiff
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Coventry
Grosvenor
M-F: 12pm-6am, Sat-Sun: 24 hrs
Grosvenor Casino Didsbury
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Dundee
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Edinburgh
Grosvenor
Thurs-Sun: 12pm-5am, Fri-Sat: 12pm-6am
Grosvenor Casino Glasgow Merchant City
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Gloucester Road
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Golden Horseshoe London
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Great Yarmouth
Grosvenor
12pm-6am Daily
Grosvenor Casino Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Huddersfield
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Hull
Grosvenor
12pm-6am Daily
Grosvenor Casino Leeds Westgate
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Leicester
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Liverpool
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Luton
Grosvenor
12pm-6am Daily
Grosvenor Casino Manchester
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Newcastle
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Northampton
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Nottingham
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Piccadilly
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Plymouth
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Reading Central
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Reading South
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Riverboat Glasgow
Grosvenor
3pm-6am Daily
Grosvenor Casino Salford
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Scarborough
Grosvenor
11am-2am Daily
Grosvenor Casino Sheffield
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Soames Manchester
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Southampton
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Southend
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Stockport
Grosvenor
10am-6am Daily
Grosvenor Casino Stockton
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Stoke
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Sunderland
Grosvenor
12pm-6am Daily
Grosvenor Casino Swansea
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Thanet
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Casino Walsall
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor London Russell Square
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Park Tower Casino
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor St Giles
Grosvenor
24/7
Grosvenor Victoria Casino London
Grosvenor
24/7
Les Ambassadeurs Club Mayfair
Independent
24/7
Les Croupiers Casino
Independent
Sun-Tues: 2pm-7am, Weds-Sat: 2pm to 6am
Manchester235
Caesars Entertainment
24/7
Maxims Casino Club London Kensington
Genting
24/7
Napoleons Casino Bradford
Napoleons
24/7
Napoleons Casino Hull
Napoleons
M-F: 2pm-6am, Sat: 4pm-6am, Sun: 12pm-6am
Napoleons Casino Leeds
Napoleons
1pm-8am Daily
Napoleons Casino London Leicester Square
Napoleons
1pm-8am Daily
Napoleons Casino Sheffield Ecclesall
Napoleons
6pm-5am Daily
Napoleons Casino Sheffield Owlerton
Napoleons
1pm-6am Daily
Opera House Casino Scarborough
Independent
From 10am Daily
Playboy Club London
Playboy Enterprises
24/7
Rainbow Casino Aberdeen
Rainbow Casinos
Sun-Thurs: 3pm-5am, Fri-Sat: 3pm-7am
Rainbow Casino Birmingham
Rainbow Casinos
24/7
Rainbow Casino Bristol
Rainbow Casinos
24/7
Rainbow Casino Cardiff
Rainbow Casinos
24/7
Rendezvous Casino Brighton Marina
Caesars Entertainment
24/7
Rendezvous Southend Casino
Caesars Entertainment
24/7
Soul Casino Aberdeen
Independent
Mon-Thurs: 2pm-5am, Fri-Sat: 2pm-6am, Sun: 7pm-5am
The Casino MK
Aspers Group
24/7
The Colony Club Casino London
Genting
24/7
The Hippodrome Casino
Independent
24/7
The Palm Beach Casino London
Genting
24/7
The Ritz Club London
Independent
24/7
The Sportsman London
Caesars Entertainment
24/7
Victoria Gate Casino Leeds
Independent
24/7

Brick & Mortar Casinos in the UK

The casino sector is still the most profitable in the gambling industry. The ability to win life-changing sums of money with just the spin of a wheel or roll of a dice keeps punters coming back for more. But, the scene has always carried a grey cloud over its head, mainly from those outside of the circle, with many saying that they have a detrimental affect on society.

Whilst there is little doubt that the online contingent is booming, land based casinos are having a tough time of it as late or at least aren’t competing the way in which they once did.

But First, Some History: The First Casinos

The first form of casino games were thought to date as far back as 2300 B.C. in China, with ancient Egyptian Dice also being found dating from what is believed to be 1500 B.C. Whilst the term ‘casino’ wasn’t used in those days, it was thought that these games carried similar skill/luck elements to them, tying in with some of the games you see today.

It wasn’t until the 18th and 19th century when the craze really started to take off and many ‘pop-up’ casinos were starting to be run within local bars and eateries. It was throughout central and western Europe where the first casinos were starting to be built, establishing within the likes of Germany and Monte Carlo.

Whilst casinos were never banned in the UK, they were a highly contentious area for the government, mainly due to the organised crime that often took place in and around them. Them weren’t officially legalised until 1960 when the first Betting and Gambling Act came in which required all casinos to apply for a license and meet similar standards that you see today. In fact, apart from the Gaming Act of 1968, these laws were revised until the Gambling Act of 2005, which required online casinos to be included into the laws as well.

Vegas, Baby!

Las Vegas was and still is the gambling capital of the world, but things haven’t always been golden over the other side of the pond. The first casinos were established by chance, when workers who were building connecting roads from Las Vegas to the Pacific Coastline played games to pass the time in between shifts.

This soon caught on and as games began to grow, the number of players wanting a piece increased. But, like in the UK, these games brought huge amounts of crime and so the government stepped in and banned all forms of gambling from 1910 to 1931.

Throughout that time the City was still a wash with gambling, although this time all illegal and ‘underground’. Policing this was proving to be almost impossible, so instead they decided that they would legalise gambling, but casinos would have to adhere to certain rules, similar to the Gambling Act’s that we have in the UK.

Since then the city has flourished and is now a world within itself offering everything you could ever need from casino-resort style buildings.

Development of Land Based Casinos

Casinos have changed quite a bit over the last few decades. They started life in your standard bars, with casino tables and card games available to play on. But, these days they have shifted into the resort-style, often including spa’s, bars, TV rooms, restaurants, nightclubs and so much more, making them a mecca for entertainment.

The Gambling Act 2005 was probably the biggest development in recent years for land based casinos, as originally they set out to make a series of super-casinos. These were designed be the size of small villages, never mind large resorts, and include huge hotels and highly spec’d amenities. But, pressure from the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, urged them not to go ahead and instead gave the green light for a larger range of smaller casinos to be situated throughout the UK.

Impact of Online Gambling on Local Casinos

There is little doubt that online casinos have had a negative affect on the land-based casino business. People are able to get a slice of the action on the go from their laptop or their mobile, pretty much anywhere in the world . The need to go to casinos has reduced, so these days it only attracts players that are looking for more of an experience, rather than to specifically gamble over a reasonable period of time.

But, at the same time it’s also allowed punters to try casino games out online before entering a casino. Take poker as example, whilst a dedicated gambling product in its own right, it’s still often played within casinos and the boom of online poker has seen plenty more players try their hand at live poker as well.

The games that are played have also changed quite significantly. Once upon a time very few casinos actually catered for blackjack or roulette players, with most playing the likes of craps and mixed card games. But, these days they are the two most popular casino games (outside of slots), with pretty much every casino you walk into having a plethora of choices for both.

Whilst the growth of online gaming hasn’t always had a positive affect on the land-based casinos, there is little doubt it has changed the shape of how they operate. 

The Future

The future for land-based casinos is highly debated, with many parties disagreeing on even where it stand in its current form.

On the one hand you get pro-casino lobbyists who will argue that casinos, whilst becoming more streamlined, offer more services to their punters than ever before and allowing them a gaming experience that is unrivalled.

On the other hand you would argue that the online sector is making the land–based casinos obsolete. The ability to bet and gamble anywhere at anytime means you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home.

Unfortunately for the land based operators, the stats would have to back up the later. In 2014 the Gambling Commission released stats from a survey of over 4,000 stating that people are 20 times more likely to play casino games on their own phone than they are from an actual casino. In fact, visiting a casino was last in terms of frequency of betting behind even that of bingo halls, another lottery that is not the national lottery or the Euro Millions, Football pools in person and Poker at a pub or club. Pretty damming stats!

Whilst the amount that we are spending on gambling is rising, the numbers invested with land-based casinos are unfortunately decreasing.