Go-Karting Age Limits

What age can you start go-karting?

Kids must be at least 8 years old to race in cadet go-karts. It is less a matter of age than it is height. The child has to have an inside leg measurement of at least 25 inches, as we want them to be able to easily reach the pedals so they can race safely. Children must also be under 5’4” so they can sit comfortably in the karts.

Is there a legal age limit for go-karting?

No, there is not really a strict legal age limit for go-karting in the UK - the age, height, and weight limits are decided by the go-karting track depending on what their karts are like. In some places, children as young as 4 years old can get involved, but you will generally find that the age limit in most establishments will be around 8 years old.

What is the age limit for using adult go-karts?

While some events are restricted to 16+, you normally have to be at least 13 years old to drive an adult kart. In terms of height, you need to have an inside leg measurement (from the crotch to the base of the heel) of 29 inches or more. See our main FAQs for more information.

How old is too old to start go-karting?

You’re never too old to start go-karting! As long as your body is healthy and strong enough to withstand the bumping around, you can head down to the tracks - a lot of established pros in the motorsport world are past their 30s, so it’s far more welcoming to older newcomers than a lot of other competitive sports are. 

Whether you’re coming as an individual or small group, trying out go-karting as part of a corporate team day, or part of a go-karting hen or stag-do, you’ll receive a full safety induction and our team will guide you through every step to ensure you feel confident out on the tracks. Read our blog to learn more about how to get into go-karting