Racing FAQs

What should guests wear?

A day at York is special and racegoers choose to dress accordingly.

Gentlemen (meaning any who identify as such) are required to wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie in County Stand. A cravat may be worn instead of a tie.

Most gentlemen would choose to wear smart trousers and formal shoes to complete the look. Whilst no formal restriction on wearing jeans and trainers, these are rarely seen in the County Stand. In a similar vein, whilst we encourage a sense of style in the County Stand, if gentlemen believe the weather warrants shorts then there is no formal restriction to them being worn.

In Grandstand & Paddock and Clocktower Enclosure the dress code is more relaxed; shorts and t-shirts are worn by racegoers enjoying the sun. The only common sense restrictions would be those of taste and decency which would apply to all areas, for example regarding style and slogan t-shirts. Bare chests are not acceptable.

Please note, for our York Mix Family Sunday, as a special family meeting County Stand dress code is relaxed; gentlemen are not required to wear jacket, collar and tie.

Where can I stay locally?

- Middlethorpe Hall Hotel (01904 641241)

- Elmbank Hotel (01904 610653)

- Holiday Inn (0870 4009085)

- Hotel Du Vin (0330 016 0381)

- York Marriott Hotel (01904 701000)

No.1 by GuestHouse, York (01904 644744)

- The Grand Hotel (01904 380038) 

- The Principal York (01904 653681)


All these hotels are situated within a short taxi ride or walking distance or a local taxi/bus ride of the racecourse


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How do I travel to York?

The Racecourse lies within a mile of the city centre and is served by convenient road and rail routes.

York train station is 2 miles from the track; shuttle buses and taxis offer a good raceday service.

Traveling by car, follow the signposts from all the major routes (sat nav postcode YO23 1EX).

For those travelling from Leeds, or the East Coast, the regular Coastliner and other bus services offer frequent connections to the shuttle buses at York station.

Car parking - There is a plentiful supply of free car parking on all of our racedays, racegoers are advised that vehicles maybe left in car parks overnight and collected by 11am, the following day.

All pre-booked private hire taxis and Ubers have a designated collection area in Car Park A, please ensure the company is aware of this at time at booking.

What time should I arrive?

Gates open from 11.15am on racedays and 11am for the Sky Bet Ebor Festival. The first race is usually between 1.30pm and 2pm.

Evening meeting - Gates open at 3:30pm and the first race is set for 6pm. Music entertainment starts after racing until approximately 10pm.

When will I receive my tickets?

All tickets and badges will be sent approximately two to three weeks before the meeting.

Orders made approximately 5 days prior to the meeting are for collection from the racecourse ticket collection window.

If your order has not been recieved in the post 48 hours before the relevant raceday, please contact [email protected] (this only applied to orders that were booked over a week in advance of the race meeting). 

Can I bring my own food & drink?

Picnics are welcome in the Car Parks and Clocktower Enclosure. Please no glass in the Clocktower Enclosure.

View the wide range of food and drink options available in all enclosures on a raceday here.

Is there special deals for students?

Under 18’s Admission

Children under the age of 18 are admitted free, and must be accompanied by an adult (on music racedays, terms & conditions apply) into all public areas (maximum of 2 children per adult).

Junior (18 – 22 years) Admission

Admission for juniors can be booked in advance by clicking here.

Can I buy tickets on the day?

Yes, but if you want discounts for party bookings in the Grandstand & Paddock and County Stand please book in advance. May, August and Saturday racing will be extremely busy so please arrive in good time if you are buying tickets on the day.

Is there Wi-Fi?

Just search for YorkRacecourse Wifi and register for free.

Are there any cash machines?

Cash machines are located on the ground floor of the Knavesmire and Ebor Stands, the foyer of the Gimcrack Stand and by the Frankel statue.

In the Clocktower Enclosure a cash machine is located under the Clocktower building.

What are the provisions for disabled racegoers?

Please view  information for Disabled Access here.

Where can I place a bet?

There are different ways to bet here at York;

1. Tote betting
2. Betting ring
3. William Hill Betting Shop

With over 300 tote betting points located around the course, there is always one nearby.

The main betting ring is situated in front of the Knavesmire Stand with an additional ring in the Clocktower Enclosure.

Is seating available?

Although limited, seating is available in all enclosures, from benches to tables and chairs, to tiered seating.