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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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  • We visited for the last day of the Dante Festival and staying in York found the racecourse easy to get to. Shuttle bus service was right outside the train station and took us directly there but we wal...  more »
  • I attended a McMillan charity ball last Saturday and I feel compelled to write a review because the food and service were so terrible. We were refused drinks at 2 different bars and told we had to wai...  more »
  • An overnight at the Stableside accommodation - which is a basic hostel - clean and si,ple accommodation - our room has 2single beds and 2 bunks which we didn't need - en-suite basin and toilet - no sh...  more »
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  • Decent venue, good location near to the centre. Very busy and seemed over crowded in the County Stand - nowhere to sit as all the chairs were taken or reserved. Drinks were expensive and could not be taken outside to watch the races which was frustrating, especially on a hot day with nowhere to sit in the outdoor drinking areas but copious amounts of space on the lawns near the finishing post... good day out, not great.
  • Excellent facilities and completely helpful staff. My husband is in a wheelchair and the staff could not have been more helpful. Beautiful course.
  • Great racecourse with reasonable prices for food and drink and some big acts on after the races finish on special nights - very busy
  • Brilliant unless the sun i Shining couldn't see the TV s
  • Great venue for a multitude of events. Over the years I have been to various events here from race meetings to trade shows, to cycling events and the huge car boot sale - I have walked the Knavesmire countless times and it is always a great place to visit.

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Despite York’s relatively small size, accommodations come in a variety of styles. You can choose from privately owned townhouses, low-cost hotels, luxurious international chains, and quiet B&Bs and guesthouses. For that ultimate urban experience, consider staying in the historical city center. This part of town is packed with options for every taste and budget, all close to York’s main attractions, as well as its main transportation systems. Just a short walk from the city center, family-run guesthouses in quiet neighborhoods offer cozy rooms and modern amenities at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. Alternatively, the surrounding countryside is filled with charming private homes eager to welcome guests.
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