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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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  • Went to afternoon race event. Great fun and worth doing providing you don't loose too much money. Plenty of eating venues for all tastes. Main restaurant good but expensive. Paddock arena very accessa...  more »
  • Great days racing somewhat let down by some of the service. In particular the bar staff mainly appear to be students who lack experience. Food in the food hall was fine, quick and reasonably priced.  more »
  • What a great day out with the family including 22month old grandson. He loved the horses both live and on the TV. Great atmopsphere and everyone very friendly, not at all snobby. Such good fun even th...  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.