The home of horse racing in the north of England, York Racecourse is one of the most renowned courses in the UK and an excellent place for racing fanatics to see top Thoroughbred horses up close.
York has a long history of racing horses, dating as far back as Roman times. During the 16th century and 17th century there are records of horse racing taking place on the frozen River Ouse, while the first race meeting occurred at the beginning of the 18th century. It wasn’t until 1754 that any buildings for the races were constructed on the Knavesmire, when the architect John Carr built the first Grandstand. In 1842 the York Racecourse Committee was founded to manage the races, and this committee still manages the races today.
Horses and champagne
Horse racing goes hand in hand with style and glamour, and York Racecourse has ample opportunities to enjoy the good life. With six different restaurants, pavilions and dining suites, there’s plenty of ways to unwind while you enjoy the races. Voltigeur Restaurant and Ebor Restaurant are particularly renowned for their dine-and-view experiences. Sip on a glass of champagne and taste some delicious gourmet cuisine and then head to your own private Knavesmire grandstand viewing seat and watch the race.
Family day out
With free entry for under 18’s, a trip to York Racecourse makes for a fantastic family day out, whether you’re sat with a home made ice cream on the grassy lawn or making friends with the Thoroughbred horses. While under 18’s cannot legally make bets with money on the races, there are many bookmakers which use sweets and ice cream as currency – great fun for kids and a good way to test their maths skills. If you’re making a trip with younger kids, there’s even a dedicated parent and toddler room located opposite the main Ebor stand entrance in the Library Rooms.
The city of York has plenty to do outside of the racecourse. The Gothic York Minster cathedral is a breathtaking sight to behold, while York Castle gives visitor’s a glimpse in the area’s Norman heritage. The National Railway Museum gives an insight into York’s more recent industrial past, and York also boasts an impressive array of shops, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. The city offers a tempting selection of international restaurants, and Coppergate Shopping Centre is perfect for some retail therapy.
Places to stay
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