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York Racecourse, York

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York Racecourse is a horse racing venue in York, North Yorkshire, England. It is the third biggest racecourse in Britain in terms of total prize money offered, and second behind Ascot in prize money offered per meeting. It attracts around 350,000 racegoers per year and stages three of the UK's 31 Group One races – the Juddmonte International Stakes, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.LocationThe course is located in the south-west of the city, next to the former Terry's of York factory, The Chocolate Works. It is situated on an expanse of ground which has been known since pre-medieval times as the Knavesmire, from the Anglo-Saxon "knave" meaning a man of low standing, and "mire" meaning a swampy pasture for cattle. For this reason, the racecourse is still sometimes referred to as "The Knavesmire". The Knavesmire was originally common pasture, belonging to the city. It was also the scene of the hanging of Dick Turpin in 1739.HistoryRacing in York dates back to at least Roman times, with some archaeological evidence suggesting that there may have been equine activities that could have included forms of racing on the site of the Knavesmire as early as neolithic times. The city corporation is known to have given its support to the sport from 1530 and, in 1607, racing is known to have taken place on the frozen River Ouse, between Micklegate Tower and Skeldergate Postern. A famous yearly race for a golden bell was taking place in the nearby Forest of Galtres in 1590.
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  • Have been to this Racecourse and dressed up and eating posh food and also taken a picnic and gone more casual on band day. Great both occasions and regularly go back. Great place great atmosphere. 
  • We visit York racecourse regularly during the racing season and have always had a great time. Whether we have been in the course enclosure, the Grandstand or the County stand, we have enjoyed the raci...  more »
  • York racecourse has to be one of the finest courses in England, the recent changes have elevated it to a much higher level. My only criticism is they keep to the dress policy far to stringently, I don...  more »
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  • I belong to a ladies Luncheon Club and we eat once a month in the Gimcrack Suite. Today it was so cold in there that some members kept there coats on ! I put mine over my legs to try and keep warm . It was absolutely freezing. This is just the start of winter so please please York Racecourse don't let us ladies freeze again next month. It spoilt the whole Luncheon. !!😫
  • Attended the Living North - Christmas Fair. The venue was good and spacious. The event layout of the fair led to overcrowding. Majority of goods were over priced. 50% a mix of non Christmas commercial stands too.
  • Private box. Fantastic view. Fabulously friendly staff. Great day out.
  • Nice day out. Very friendly staff and people willing to help if it's your first time. We went with family and it was a nice way to pass a few hours. Having the odd win makes it even better.
  • Great place for a few drinks and what an experience! highly recommended and remember to come suited and booted!