Attracting 35,000 racegoers each year, the great grandstands, listed buildings and floral displays of York Racecourse are the perfect setting for a day at the races.
Horseracing in York dates back to Roman times, with race meetings happening at the current racecourse site since the eighteenth century. In 1754, the first grandstand was built and new stands have been continually added and redeveloped up to the present day. The course can now fit in 60,000 spectators on race day. With exciting fixtures throughout the racing season, including Juddmonte International and Ebor Festival in August, York has some of the biggest prizes in racing.
Located to the South of York city centre, York Racecourse has lots of travel links. If you’re heading to the races after landing at Leeds Bradford International Airport, you can get to York Racecourse within 1 hour by car or 2 hours by train.
The racecourse is easy to access by car, whatever direction you’re coming from. On racedays roads can be very busy and traffic may be rerouted so make sure you leave plenty of time.
During race days, there are plenty of shuttle buses ready to take you from York railway station to the races. If you’re visiting on any other day you can hop on the 11, which runs to the racecourse main entrance.
York railway station is a 30-minute walk from the Racecourse. If this sounds a bit too much, why not hop on a race day shuttle bus? The affordable and frequent service makes this a quick and easy way to get to the races.
There can be a lot of traffic on the roads on race day, so be sure to plan your journey and leave plenty of time. If you’re coming by car, take a look at the maps and advice on York Racecourse website.
A trip to the races is a real day out, so make the most of all the great dining and drinking options on offer.
With buffets, bistros and bars, there’s a huge amount of choice at York Racecourse.
Whether you want to grab a burger or fancy a traditional roast, feel like sampling a seafood platter or sitting down to a three-course meal, York Racecourse eateries have all this and more.
We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Premier Inn Blossom Street North and Premier Inn Blossom Street South are both in the city centre and a five-minute walk from York train station. Our York North hotel is about a mile from the city centre, with easy access to the A19, A64 and the businesses in and around Clifton. To be within striking distance of the York Designer Outlet, or to get to the A1(M) quickly, Premier Inn York South West is the ideal place to stay. Premier Inn York North West puts you 3-4 miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.