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York Racecourse- Ebor Festival 2009

York Racecourse- Ebor Festival 2009

York Racecourse- Ebor Festival 2009

York Racecourse- Ebor Festival 2009



York Racecourse has long been known as the Ascot of the north, and truly lived up to that name in 2005 by brilliantly hosting the Royal Ascot festival, as the iconic southern course underwent redevelopment.

Since then the already world-class Knavesmire flat racing course and facilities at York have gone from strength to strength and, set in one of Britain's flagship heritage destinations, provide a truly memorable place to spend a day (or more!) racing, whether you attend one of its prestige festivals or a simple family Sunday.

You will find the Knavesmire to the south west of York's historic city centre, just off the A64 and an easy 20-minute or so walk (or even easier bus ride) from its elegant East Coast mainline railway station, once the largest in Europe. If you are looking for a place in history, you'll certainly find it here. The Knavesmire has been home to racing in York for 280 years, but this city has hosted horse races since Roman times....2000 years ago!

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Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Disabled access

Racecourse of the Year 2003 Finalist: YTB Tourist Attraction of the Year.

Opening details

Gates open at 11:15am excluding the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival where they open at 11 am and for the Music Showcase Evening when gates open at 4.00pm.


Adult price: £5 to £53 (day and enclosure dependant)
Children under 16 go free - if accompanied by an adult

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 14 - Sun 16 Nov Living North Christmas Fair 2014


The Racecourse,
YO23 1EX



See location of York Racecourse on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 592493  Lat: 53.93661 Long: -1.09852

By Road:
Located just outside the city of York, follow the A64 and A1036 to the racecourse.

By Public Transport:
The course is 1 mile from York Railway Station and a First Bus Raceday Shuttle runs every 20 minutes.

On racedays York Racecourse operates a traffic plan which may mean temporary road closures so please follow the signposted routes and be aware that satellite navigation systems will not contain the traffic plan routes.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Racecourse of the Year 2003 Finalist: YTB Tourist Attraction of the Year.

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