What to Wear

Racegoers must adhere to the guidance outlined on this page, choosing to follow in full a dress code they feel most comfortable with.

While the only formal dress code at York (within the bounds of decency) is that in the County Stand gentlemen (and those identifying as such) are required to wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie, many racegoers like to dress up and step out in style for a day at York Racecourse.


The County Stand is our premier enclosure, and has a formal dress code of collared shirt, jacket and tie for men (and those identifying as such). While there are no formal dress rules beyond this the following section and photos has been prepared as a guide to help you assemble your raceday fashion statement.

Short sleeved shirts, bow ties, cravats and dress shorts are all also accepted within the dress code.

There is no formal dress code for ladies (and those identifying as such), however most choose to dress up for a day at the races - think wedding guest attire.  Lots of female racegoer do like to wear dresses, high heeled shoes together with hats or fascinators (see images below), however it’s most important that you feel comfortable and enjoy your day!

If we’re lucky enough to experience a heat wave, the dress code for gentlemen may be relaxed - check our website or social media for updates.






The Grandstand and Paddock has no formal dress code and feel free to dress as you wish and feel comfortable.  However, taking a lead from the County Stand dress code, many of our racegoers in this enclosure do like to use a day at the races as an excuse to get glammed up.

Fancy dress (within the bounds of decency) is not unusual but please ensure it is family friendly.


The Clock Tower Enclosure is a relaxed area in which to enjoy picnics with family and friends whilst watching the racing.

This is our most relaxed enclosure, and we would suggest comfortable, practical, weather appropriate clothing and footwear, as the area is outside and therefore exposed to the elements.