York Racecourse

Things to do in York | York Racecourse

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.

York Racecourse

York Races

Top tip

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.

Eating and drinking

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.

Getting to York Racecourse

Located to the South of York city centre, York Racecourse has lots of travel links.

By car
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.

By bus
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.

By train
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.

Looking for a hotel in York?

We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Our  Blossom Street North and Blossom Street South hotels are right in the city centre. And our York North hotel is a mile further out and our Premier Inn York North West hotel is a few miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.