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Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

(4.1/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
You could spend an exhilarating day at Sandown Park, imagining that it was created yesterday. But actually, the racecourse has a long and distinguished past. In fact, it occupies a unique place in British racing history and has been the backdrop to legendary contests between horses and riders that remain household names.

Legendary jockey Fred Archer rode a winner in the torrential rain at the inaugural meeting of 1875, and a lucky precedent was set in the distinguished history of Sandown Park.

What precedent?

"How pleasant once more," wrote a satisfied customer in 1879, "to find ourselves within the Sandown Club Enclosure, under a genial sky and with all the well-known surroundings of pretty women, good luncheon and good sport." And the same words could be written today with perfect accuracy.

The course was designed and built, when other racecourses had simply evolved from misty, Mediaeval origins. There were plans for a lunatic asylum, a new town - but the racecourse won the day.

Sandown Park was the first racecourse to be enclosed and in the words of a contemporary diarist it was 'a place where a man could take his ladies without any fear of their hearing coarse language or witnessing uncouth behaviour.'

It was to become the Queen Mother's favourite course and provided a suitably impressive backdrop to the feats of Arkle, Mill Reef and Desert Orchid. Yet it has always developed in sympathy with the spirit of the times and is now one of the most modern and accessible racing venues in the country.
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  • I hadn't seen a hurdle race even I am very keen racegoer. We travelled from London and didn't take very long by train. We actually arrived on the other side of race track the you could walk thru the r...  more »
  • Went there for Matchbook day. Race course just outside of Esher and a quick stroll from the railwat station. It is a lovely course. The whole of the race course can be viewed from the terraces. There ...  more »
  • Had a great day yesterday at the races. Staff friendly. Beer a tad expensive but I suppose you expect that. We ate at the macaroni cheese stall on the race track side, food was really nice and very re...  more »
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  • Me and my partner was enjoy there Bryan Adams concert. Beautiful place
  • Good venue for bussiness events, large Hall and helpful people on hand when you need them.
  • Very nice venue very good for a verity of uses if hiring good Exhibition Centre
  • Attended a conference here. Plenty of parking and venue was very clean. There was Free wifi that was probably the quickest free wifi I've ever used! Thanks :)
  • Excellent racecourse. The best in UK. Had so much fun here with a group of friends, whizzing around the bends at up to 70mph. For an adrenaline filled and heart pumping experience, I'd recommend this all day.