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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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  • It was a lovely day out at the races for our Daughters birthday there was about 18 in our party and we arrived as the gates opened and went and got a couple of tables in the Moet Chandon lawns...........  read more »
  • Worth a visit, plenty of small bars and eatery stands with lots of selections at reasonable prices on outside 
  • One of the best racecourses in the country. The food in the box was mainly finger food but well presented and very hot. The girls in the box were very attentive. One complaint the box was a little cra...  read more »
  • A truly disappointing experience. Paid extra to go in the 'County Stand'. What a waste of money. Zero perks to this. Drinks were not allowed outside, despite race goers in other areas clearly drinking outside. Waiting times for both food and drink outlets were crazy. I know its busy, almost offensively so, but at £35 a ticket, I'd expect extra staff in these areas. Despite not being able to drink, smoking was allowed outside which is grim. It felt like the 1990s again, but not in a good way. Spent much of the day inside a humid, school style cateen, watching horses on a TV. Can do this at home and will be doing next time. Don't bother - there are much better days out.
  • Great day at the races. We went in the "posh bit" and were disappointed to find out that drinks weren't allowed out of the bar area. We couldn't even take a bottle of beer into the stands to watch the next race. Other than that we had a great time. They did get a bit strict with the jacket, shirt and tie rule... It got quite warm and one of the lads took off his jacket only to be told to put it back on by a member of the race course team!
  • Today's visit was not for a race meeting but for a course. The boxes in the Ebor stand make a great training and conference venue and the refreshments and lunch were good too plus free parking
  • We went to York Racecourse for the June meeting on Saturday 11th June and paid a premium for the County standonly to find having bought a bottle of expensive champagne that drinks of any kind could not be taken out of the bar area. So then had to stay in the bar and watch the first two races on the TV (I can do that at home). We then found that in the grandstand there are no such restrictions and drinks can be brought out from the bar and consumed at track side. So if you go to the races for a day out and a few drinks then DO NOT pay for the County Stand!!!!
  • My first time here and loved it thoroughly ,the staff were brilliant. I would defiantly come back again.
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