What's On

Wed 23 Aug 2017

Juddmonte International

Featured Event

The prestigious Group One Juddmonte International will remain as the highlight of the opening day, a contest independently ranked as the best race in Great Britain by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in 2015. Won in 2012 by Frankel, considered by some as the best thoroughbred in history and certainly the highest ranked on the planet so far, last season proved an exciting renewal with the highest rated turf horse in the world, Postponed putting a top class performance to claim the richest prize ever at York. For many racegoers the opening day of the festival is the day when they catch up with friends and look forward to a week of shared enjoyment. Form followers will watch the Betway Great Voltigeur with particular interest as this York Group Two has already produced thirteen winners of the final Classic of the year, the St. Leger. The racecourse team looks forward to this day and everything is fresh and exciting.

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day

Featured Event

On all four days there will be a real sense of fashion, plenty of hats and sharp suits mixed with those sporting more relaxed summer clothing, however for many there remains an extra special feel about Thursday as it is Ladies Day. As in previous years, the best dressed racegoers have the chance to win great prizes on the Ebor Fashion Lawn. The sporting action attracts the best fillies, the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks proved a fantastic renewal with victor Seventh Heaven taking the Darley Irish Oaks. The Group Two Sky Bet Lowther Stakes, featured a highly anticipated clash between two of Frankel’s offspring, Queen Kindly and Fair Eva. Both races are highly treasured titles.

Fri 25 Aug 2017

Coolmore Nunthorpe

Featured Event

Friday offers the chance to race into the weekend, perhaps enjoying a short break in historic York or the wider White Rose county. The fastest race of the season, the Coolmore Nunthorpe, often decides the accolade of leading sprinter and is a blur of colour that needs to be seen and heard to be believed. For the second year running, Mecca’s Angel proved she is the speed Queen of the Knavesmire, winning in exhilarating fashion to retain her crown. A stand out memory for local trainer and jockey, Michael Dods and Paul Mulrennan.

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Betfred Ebor Day

Featured Event

The feature race of the Saturday is the Betfred Ebor, the oldest, and probably most famous race at York and the richest flat handicap in Europe. The excitement that this famous handicap generates has been constant since the 1840s; Mudawin a winner at over 100-1, Sergeant Cecil, a victor who became horse of the year, Purple Moon who landed a nationwide gamble and then headed down under and very nearly became the first British trained winner of the Melbourne Cup, a flying dismount from Frankie - and that’s just in its recent history. The buzz about the racecourse on Ebor day is infectious as groups of friends enjoy, relax and hopefully unravel the puzzle to find the winner of the Betfred Ebor.

Sun 10 Sep 2017

The Press Family Raceday

Fun for all on The Press Family Sunday, including seven thoroughbred races plus a Charles Owen Pony race at the beginning of the card, the interactive racing zone and bouncy castles.

Last season welcomed, children's favourite, Paddington, for the first time to York Races on this day too.

The natural rhythm of a raceday allows plenty of time to get something to eat and drink as well as providing room for quality time with the family. A wide range of additional entertainments will ensure a happy day out for all ages.

It naturally attracts a family crowd and remember that under 18's go for free (under 16 with accompanying adult only).

Once again a combined Grandstand & Paddock and Course Enclosure in a single admission will be on offer. Racegoers will still be able to bring a traditional picnic to enjoy on the Bank in Course Enclosure, take advantage of the special “picnic hamper cloakroom” and then cross over to see the horses close up. We hope other regular visitors may take this chance to explore the stand side of the course and sample the Knavesmire Restaurant or enjoy the elevated (and if needed dry) views from the stand itself.

Please note, for this special family meeting County Stand dress code is relaxed; gentlemen are not required to wear jacket, collar and tie.

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Countryside Raceday

Your last chance to visit York Races in 2017.

With a celebration of countryside activity and produce on the Friday, the Countryside Market also proves an easy way to get some early Christmas treats as well as a range of Countryside events.

The Friday offers a chance to catch up with friends whilst enjoying easy access to some of the best views and facilities on the turf. In recent years, Saturday has become one of the busiest weekend raceday of the month nationwide so there continues to be a buzz about the grandstands.

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Coral Sprint Trophy

Your last chance to visit York Races in 2017.

With a celebration of countryside activity and produce on the Friday, our Countryside Market also proves an easy way to get some early Christmas treats as well as a range of Countryside events.

The Friday offers a chance to catch up with friends whilst enjoying easy access to some of the best views and facilities on the turf. In recent years, Saturday has become one of the busiest weekend raceday of the month nationwide so there continues to be a buzz about the grandstands.

Recommended Packages

Hotel and tickets ...

Juddmonte International Classic Package

Wed 23 Aug 2017 - Thu 24 Aug 2017

  • Grandstand and Paddock

    Adult

  • Elmbank Hotel

from
£93.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information

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.

Hotel information

Occupying an imposing, ivy-clad, 19th-century mansion and an adjacent annexe, this relaxed hotel is less than 1 mile from York Racecourse. The straightforward rooms all include en suite bathrooms, and have tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add 4-poster beds. There's a high-ceilinged restaurant serving casual English dishes, a bright bar with art-nouveau decor, and a wood-panelled lounge with a fireplace and leather sofas.

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York Ebor Overnight Marriott Package

Thu 24 Aug 2017 - Fri 25 Aug 2017

  • Grandstand and Paddock Ticket

    Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day - Thursday

  • The Marriott Hotel York

from
£179.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


The traditional highlight of the season on the Knavesmire commences on Wednesday 23rd August. The four day festival treats racegoers to some of York’s oldest, fastest, richest and most famous races and ticket holders will be able to witness the very best make their place in racing history. That being said Racing Breaks are delighted to offer this great experience which offers a one night stay at York Marriott Hotel and Grandstand and Paddock tickets to Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day.

Your Package includes


  • One Nights' Accommodation at the Marriott Hotel York
  • Breakfast on the Friday Morning
  • Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure Tickets for Thursday

Optional Extras


  • Add an extra nights accommodation
  • Upgrade ticket to County Stand +£25 per person

Additional Information


About the Hotel

This upscale spa hotel, set overlooking York Racecourse, is 1.4 miles from York Castle and 1.5 miles from York Minster, a Gothic cathedral. The modern rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. They also come with tea and coffeemaking facilities, and some add balconies with racecourse views. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks, and suites provide sitting areas. The hotel has a casual bar and grill with seasonal terrace seating, as well as a heated indoor pool, a sauna and a spa with beauty treatments (fee). There's also a fitness centre and a tennis court.

About the Enclosures

Grandstand & Paddock

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.

County Stand

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.

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York Ebor Overnight Marriott Package

Fri 25 Aug 2017 - Sat 26 Aug 2017

  • Grandstand and Paddock Ticket

    Coolmore Nunthorpe Day - Friday

  • Marriott Hotel

from
£165.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


The traditional highlight of the season on the Knavesmire commences on Wednesday 23rd August. The four day festival treats racegoers to some of York’s oldest, fastest, richest and most famous races and ticket holders will be able to witness the very best make their place in racing history. That being said Racing Breaks are delighted to offer this great experience which offers a one night stay at York Marriott Hotel and Grandstand and Paddock tickets to Coolmore Nunthorpe Day.

Your Package includes


  • One Nights' Accommodation at the Marriott Hotel York
  • Breakfast on the Saturday Morning
  • Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure Tickets for Friday

Optional Extras


  • Add an extra nights accommodation
  • Upgrade ticket to County Stand +£25 per person

Additional Information


About the Hotel

This upscale spa hotel, set overlooking York Racecourse, is 1.4 miles from York Castle and 1.5 miles from York Minster, a Gothic cathedral. The modern rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. They also come with tea and coffeemaking facilities, and some add balconies with racecourse views. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks, and suites provide sitting areas. The hotel has a casual bar and grill with seasonal terrace seating, as well as a heated indoor pool, a sauna and a spa with beauty treatments (fee). There's also a fitness centre and a tennis court.

About the Enclosures

Grandstand & Paddock

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.

County Stand

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.

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York Ebor Overnight Marriott Package

Sat 26 Aug 2017 - Sun 27 Aug 2017

  • Grandstand and Paddock Ticket

    Betfred Ebor Day - Saturday

  • The Marriott Hotel

from
£179.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


The traditional highlight of the season on the Knavesmire commences on Wednesday 23rd August. The four day festival treats racegoers to some of York’s oldest, fastest, richest and most famous races and ticket holders will be able to witness the very best make their place in racing history. That being said Racing Breaks are delighted to offer this great experience which offers a one night stay at York Marriott Hotel and Grandstand and Paddock tickets to Betfred Ebor Day.

Your Package includes


  • One Nights' Accommodation at the Marriott Hotel York
  • Breakfast on the Sunday Morning
  • Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure Tickets for Saturday

Optional Extras


  • Add an extra nights accommodation
  • Upgrade ticket to County Stand +£25 per person

Additional Information


About the Hotel

This upscale spa hotel, set overlooking York Racecourse, is 1.4 miles from York Castle and 1.5 miles from York Minster, a Gothic cathedral. The modern rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. They also come with tea and coffeemaking facilities, and some add balconies with racecourse views. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks, and suites provide sitting areas. The hotel has a casual bar and grill with seasonal terrace seating, as well as a heated indoor pool, a sauna and a spa with beauty treatments (fee). There's also a fitness centre and a tennis court.

About the Enclosures

Grandstand & Paddock

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.

County Stand

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.

More information Hide information

Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

COUNTY STAND

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.

York Racecourse, Tadcaster Rd York, York YO23 1EX
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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

BY TRAIN

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.

BY CAR

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.

Parking

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.

Dress Codes

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.

Racecourse Information

The History

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.