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Where to be for the best views
The County Stand is the premier enclosure at York. Guests will gain access to the award winning Ebor Stand, Listed Gimcrack Stand and Champagne Terrace. A selection of bars and viewing areas can be found on the ground and fifth floor, whilst the ground floor boasts the delightful Ebor Bistro - these are all open to County Stand Badgeholders.
Guests will receive easy access to both the Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure, and will also be able to see the triumphant horses first hand, with unsurpassed views from the Winning Post.
Admission includes a complimentary racecard, which offers much more than the information on the runners & riders. It is also important to note that admission to the County Stand also allows guests access to the Grandstand & Paddock as well as the Course Enclosure.
GRANDSTAND & PADDOCK STAND
The largest enclosure at York, guests admitting into the Grandstand & Paddock can come casually dressed. The area offers a host of bars found in the Knavesmire Stand, many with breathtaking views across the track and seated viewing areas. The Bustardthorpe Lawns also provide fantastic trackside viewing, and is popular for spectators wishing to enjoy York’s good food to go.
Access to both the main betting ring and the parade ring are easily accessible from the front of the stands.
How to find us
York is approximately 2 hours away from London by train. A shuttle bus service operates from the train station to the racecourse from 11am and then at frequent intervals until 2pm. Similarly, from racecourse to station the bus operates from 4pm to 6:10pm. The shuttle bus takes approximately 12 minutes, and fares cost £2 one way and £3 return.
York’s central location means it can be easily located from all areas. The recommended route to the racecourse from all directions is via the A64. Please also be aware that on race days a traffic plan is operated, and may lead to temporary road closures requiring you to follow the signposted routes.
Car parking is both free and plentiful at York. As of this year, there is also the option to park one mile away from the racecourse at the Askham Bar on Tadcaster Road, although a fee applies.
What to wear
As a world class racecourse, York places utmost importance in dressing in a suitable manner. Gentleman must wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie in the County Stand, and although smart trousers and formal shoes are recommended to complete the look, there is no formal restriction on wearing jeans and trainers. Similarly, if gentlemen believe the weather warrants shorts then there is no formal restriction to them being worn. Ladies are required to wear a dress, whilst hats are optional.
The Grandstand & Paddock and Course Enclosure requires a more relaxed dress code. Shorts and t-shirts are often worn by racegoers enjoying the sun, and the only real restrictions fall under the common sense category - bare chests and slogan t-shirts are unacceptable.
As one of Europe’s premier tracks, York Racecourse attracts approximately 350,000 racegoers per year, and plays host to three of the UK’s 31 Group 1 races, consisting of the Yorkshire Oaks, the Nunthorpe Stakes and Juddmonte International Stakes. York’s status worldwide has grown at a ferocious speed, and having won the ‘Flat Racecourse of the Year Award’ for a record 26 times now, the track is certainly one the racing enthusiasts will cherish. In terms of prize money, York is the third biggest racecourse in Britain and it is referred to as ‘The Ascot of the North’ by many. current holder of the “Northern Racecourse of the Year’ award, having previously hosted prestigious events such as the Ladbrokes St Leger in 2006.
The origins of racing in York date back to 1709. However, it wasn’t until 1842 when the racing really kicked off, following the introduction of the York Racecourse Committee, who still manage the racing today. The committee made its mark almost immediately with the successful introduction of Gimcrack Stakes in 1846, which has since become one of York’s most enduring races. A correlation in the popularity of York’s racing can clearly be seen following the developments of the grandstands over the years, particularly that of 1965, whereby the five-tier grandstand was opened. The consequential boom in York’s racing has since paved the way for more stands to open, with the introduction of the Melrose Stand in 1989 and the award winning Knavesmire Stand opening soon after. In 2003, the Ebor Stand was opened and this contained the Nunthorpe Suite, which is available for exclusive use on racedays by annual badgeholders.
York played host to perhaps one of the most famous matches in racing history, when in 1851, when Voltiguer and The Flying Dutchman contested before a crowd amassing to 100,000 people. The pair raced head to head almost the whole way, until the Flying Dutchman pipped his opponent in the final length and avenged his sole defeat in the previous years Doncaster Cup. However, it was arguably his victim who received the last laugh, and today, the Great Voltiguer Stakes at the Ebor meeting, is named in his honour. Other great races include Rodrigo de Triano’s triumph at the Juddmonte Stakes in 1992, when Lester Piggott provided spectators with a memorable farewell during his last race in a British Group 1.
Aside from the racing, York is a tourist destination in its own right. The beautiful city has a history dating back 2000 years to the Romans, and its occupation by the Vikings and its struggles during two of England’s great internal conflicts - the War of the Roses and the Civil War, make it a fascinating cultural attraction, full of museums and exhibitions.