10 Reasons to Go Racing

1. World Class Horses

Thoroughbred horses are a magnificent sight to see, with racing offering one of the best opportunities to see them close up.

Place your bet and be up against the rails to hear the sound of hooves thundering past and see the horses flash by.

2. Brand name champagne at great prices

York is pleased to offer brand name champagne and at every meeting we offer a "House Champagne" from £33 a bottle.

Celebrating an anniversary, birthday or retirement? A day at the races offers a chance to celebrate in style. There is a wide range of restaurants that you can book in advance. 

3. Early bird and group discounts on all days

Advance book here for County Stand and Grandstand & Paddock up to two weeks before the raceday of your choice to take advantage of early bird discounts.

Groups of six or more too receive a discount in both County Stand and Grandstand & Paddock for all racedays. With groups booking 20 badges or tickets in advance for County Stand and Grandstand & Paddock receiving 1 free admission.

For hen and stag do's a raceday gives a pattern to your day and provides the chance to have something to eat and drink together. Click here for more information on our range of special offers for groups and packages that make the day’s organisation a little easier whilst offering savings too for the season!

4. Meal Deal Packages combining entry, food and drink

There is a range of special offers on food and drinks whether you wish to book for the County Stand or Grandstand & Paddock.

Each one is designed to save you money on the standard price of food and a drink as well as providing you with convenience of planning and paying for elements of your day in advance.

Please note that our packages tend to be popular and are subject to availability.

5. Families, young racegoers and children – under 18’s go free

Here at York, children under the age of 18 are admitted free, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (on music racedays, terms & conditions apply) into any enclosure.

In County Stand junior prices also apply, with those under 22 receiving discounts on production of age identification. Those over 65 also receive a discount for the Grandstand & Paddock or Course enclosure, click here for more information on our special offers for concessions.

Family Sunday, provides an extra special focus on the family and children's activities, and is fun for all including seven thoroughbred races and a host of activities for all the family.

York is committed to welcoming and encouraging the next generation of racegeors. 

6. Free car parking

For all meetings there is free car parking here at York Racecourse.

We have ample parking facilities with the majority of car parking being only a short walk from the stands. There are also quick and convenient public transport links to and from the course. 

7. Complimentary racecard in the County Stand

The racecard holds much more information than the runners and riders for the races.

You can learn more about the featured race; its history, successful trainers and runners. There is often a quiz or two to entertain and profiles of top trainers and jockeys. You will normally find the answer to any question you have on a raceday here, but if not, any member of the racecourse team will be happy to help.

For all other enclosure these are available to buy at £3.50.

8. Excellent Stands and Facilities

York has an array of stands and facilities for racegoers which combine both charm, modern infrastructure and great viewing.

The County Stand includes access to the Ebor Stand which was opened in 2003.  This award-winning, £20m, five storey stand includes restaurants, bars and facilities with extensive views across the Knavesmire.  Alongside the modern Ebor Stand is the Listed Old County Stand.  Built in 1865 this Victorian stand has a barbers pole façade and the charming Gimcrack Restaurant.  Completing the County Stand facilities are the ever-popular champagne terraces overlooking the parade ring, the destination Moet Pavilion & Roof Terrace, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Lawn and the Melrose Stand adjacent to the Parade Ring.

The Grandstand & Paddock enclosure is dominated by the impressive Knavesmire Stand.  Built in 1996 this award-winning, modern stand offers unrivalled track viewing, bars and facilities for racegoers.  Behind the Knavesmire Stand is an extensive array of terraces, food outlets and Pavilions for racegoers to enjoy the atmosphere of a raceday at York. The Bustardthorpe Lawn allows racegoers to enjoy track views, take a seat and make use of the extensive catering options on our carefully manicured lawns.

The Clocktower Enclosure offers one of the best value views in British racing.  The sloping lawns from in the final furlong to the Winning Post with the dramatic backdrop of the York stands is a stunning spot to view racing on a pleasant summer afternoon. This area comes alive on a sunny afternoon when friends and family enjoy a picnic and the challenge of finding a winner.

9. 18 days of quality racing action across nine meetings

Click here for the season’s dates. Highlights include;

Sporting action and live music with three Music and Racing events – Summer Music Saturday & Music Showcase Weekend.

Our oldest, richest, fastest, and most famous races provide sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days - The Ebor Festival.

10. Locally Sourced Great Value Food

At York choose from countless places to eat and drink to suit your own raceday. We have a range of advance booked facilties to choose from each offering something different to your day. Look at the hospitality section for more details or call our hospitality team on (01904) 638971.

Visit our raceday food and drink section which highlights the full range of options that are available on a raceday featuring everything from a quick snack through to 3-course luxury dining.