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York Racecourse

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Home of the Ebor Festival

The highlight of the racing social calendar, York offers top class racing at it’s award winning facilities for racehorses and racegoers from around the world.

Enjoy sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days. Leaving you to create your social highlights on a backdrop of world class sport.

Upcoming Events
Framing the racing calendar, the season at York starts with the Dante meeting, a host of Group races kick off the three day meeting, with the top class racing coming thick and fast up to October.  The highlight of the season is The Sky Bet Ebor Festival in August when high stakes fashion meets high stakes racing, incorporating the courses Ladies’ Day.  There’s music in May and July and Family Day takes place in September before the season comes to a close in October.

A full list of race meetings can be viewed at the bottom of this page, where you can also book tickets.

Ticket Options
There are three enclosures at York, the County Stand, Grandstand and Paddock and Clocktower Enclosure.

A County Stand badge gives access across the racecourse and includes a racecard.  There’s a range of different bars, including the Moet Pavilion, Roof Terrace and Champagne Lawns.  The gimcrack and Ebor Stands offer great viewing and a range of different eating options.

The dress code for the County Stand is jacket, collared shirt and tie for gentlemen and smart dress for ladies.

The Grandstand and Paddock is the largest enclosure.  There’s trackside viewing, good food to go options and access to the Parade Ring, Pre-Parade Ring and the Main Betting Ring.

In the Clocktower Enclosure there is a food court, bars and bookmakers.  Picnics are welcome but no glass, BBQ’s or Gazebos.

Accompanied under 18’s race free and concession rates are available.

The Racecourse Experience
Private boxes are available in all three stands, catering for parties from 12 to 80!  Choose between formal dining or a more relaxed buffet option or pick from one of the bespoke packages.

For smaller parties a table in one of the restaurants will suit.  The Voltigeur restaurant provides a table for the day, plus dedicated grandstand seated balcony, a welcome drink with amuse bouche, gourmet buffet and carvery to enjoy a meal at your own pace, County Stand admission and parking and Tote betting couriers serving your table.

The Ebor restaurant offers a shared table of ten or twelve, champagne and canape reception, a selection of fine wines and Prosecco, complimentary bar (excluding champagne), gourmet buffet and carvery, County Stand admission and car parking and Tote betting couriers serving your table.

For parties up to six, the Parade Ring Restaurant  gives a stunning view of the horses in the Parade Ring.  Enjoy a private table for the day, a three course lunch and afternoon tea.

The Melrose Club Lounge and Premier Racing Lounge offer something a little different,  In the Melrose Club Lounge, there’s views down the home straight, plus canapes and Yorkshire Tapas served to your table, light afternoon teak, private lift access and tote betting facility and a bar.

The Premier Racing Lounge must be pre-booked and guests choose their seat at the time of booking.  It has trackside and Parade Ring views, a bar, Tote betting facilities and private toilets.  It does not serve food but is located near to the Gimcrack Restaurant and John Carr Griddle.

The Gimcrack Restaurant, Eat Between Our Races Eatery and Princess Mary Seafood Bar are all available to County Stand racegoers.

The Knavesmire Stand in the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure has many bars which offer racing views, as well as the Knavesmire Restaurant.

Plan Your Day

There is a marked walking route for racegoers to walk to and from the city, plus bike parks at the racecourse.  Trains run from London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.  There is a shuttle bus service from the railway station to the racecourse.  York also has a large coach park for groups travelling together.

York has a plentiful supply of car parking and a helipad.

In recent years, as well as hosting many spectacular York Races, has also played host to Royal Ascot at York in 2005, The Ladbrokes St Leger in 2006, as well as the Olympic Torch, Paralympic Lantern in 2012 and Tour de France in 2014.
York’s highest attendance for a race meeting was recorded in 1851, when a crowd estimated at 150,000 saw The Flying Dutchman, winner of the Derby and St Leger in 1849, beat Voltigeur, who took both races the following year, in the so-called Great Match.
Children under the age of 18 are admitted to the racecourse (under 16’s accompanied by an adult).
Saturday May 25
Friday June 14
Saturday June 15
Friday July 12
Saturday July 13
Friday July 26
Saturday July 27
Wednesday August 21
Thursday August 22
Friday August 23
Saturday August 24
Sunday September 8
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John Smith’s Meeting: Fri 12th – Sat 13th July, Featuring the 65th John Smith's Cup
Music Showcase Weekend: Fri eve 26th – Sat 27th July Music Showcase Weekend
Ebor Festival: Wed 21st – Sat 24th August (Ladies Day: Thurs 22nd August), Featuring our richest, fastest and most famous races.
YorkMix Family Raceday: Sun 8th September, Family Fun Day
October Finale: Fri 11th – Sat 12th October, Last 2024 chance to visit