York Race Course

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York racecourse is one of the Premier tracks in Europe following recent award of winning  Flat Racecourse of the Year Award.

As a City, York is renowned with a fascinating history back to Roman and Viking times with the prestigious Minster, bar walls, Beningbrough Hall, the Jorvik Viking Centre and National Railway Museum.

History of racing in York

It is understood that York first fully supported racing in 1530 with racing known to have taken place on the rive Ouse in 1607.

Horses raced in York during the days of the Emperor Severus in Roman times with as many 360,000 racegoers visiting. Due the Ouse being prone to flooding, racing in 1709 transferred to Knavesmire, where course remains today.

Prior to the Knaremire move, a considerable amount of levelling and draining was required to the mire to construct a horseshow shaped course which was completed before 1731.

The York Racecourse Committee was formed in 1842 and has managed the course to date.

The development of the grandstands, notably the launch of the five-tier grandstand in 1965 has greatly assisted in the progression and reputation of the York Race Course. This led to further subsequent stands such as the Melrose Stand being opened in 1989; leading the course to an award-winning Knavesmire Stand.

In the recent years, the Knaremire course has not only hosted countless specular races but hosted the Royal Ascot and The Ladbrokes St Leger in 2005 and 2006 respective.

A few things you may not have known

  • York Race Course is filled with fresh and colour flower beds, hanging baskets and feature displays which creates a colourful and vibrant scenery. What is interesting is that the plants are grown from the seedling of the racecourse’s own floriculture unit
  • York Racecourse has 180 stables set out across four quadrangles. The stables have accustomed star racehorses with the likes of Brigadier Gerard to Sea and the home green of Dringhouses Bowling Club.
  • The Ebor Stand was used for recording the ITV drama, A Touch of Frost as well as being hosted by former Blue Peter presenter, Zoe Salmon.
  • The highest attendance at the race course was recorded as 150,000 in 1851.

Is there anything else to do at the racecourse

York Race Course is a great venue for a number of things such as:

  • Wedding venues
  • Business conferences
  • Dining, including the prestigious Voltigeur restaurant which oversees racecourse

Where is York Race Course

The Race Course is located in York Racecourse, Tadcaster Road, York YO23 1EX, UK

For driving directions, please use the below link:

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