Going To York Races

Chief Nut By Chief Nut, 11th Dec 2009 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Gambling>Sports Betting>Sporting Events

To spend a day at York races is to experience UK horse racing at its finest. Top class races, a beautiful setting and great facilities all just a short walk from the centre of historic York.

Arriving at the racecourse

The course itself has a great combination of old charm and modern facilities. Host to some of the best flat meetings in the UK, the biggest race meeting of the year is the Ebor Festival in August, but there is plenty of other quality racing such as the Dante meeting and the John Smith's Cup.

If you arrive by train, on race days there are plenty of special buses laid on to ferry punters to the Knavesmire and the course. If the sun is shining, I'd recommend walking, with plenty of pubs and restaurants along the way for refreshments.

Tickets and stands

At the course you can choose from 3 different tickets. The County Stand is the most expensive, but offers a great view of the finishing line and access to all the best bars and restaurants, including the Champagne Terrace. Note that there are strict dress codes here, with men required to wear a jacket and tie at all time - regardless of how hot the weather.

It's great for a special occasion or entertaining - I've eaten a couple of times in the Ebor restaurant that in addition to a luxury buffet offers a terrific view of the course. If you're very lucky (or rich) you may get a chance to spend a race day in a box, with private food, service and balcony.

The grandstand and paddock is the biggest area, and offers good views of the last few furlongs with access to the main betting ring. In here you can dress as you please, with many people still choosing to make an effort. Ideal for a day out with your mates, where you can soak up the atmosphere of the crowd.

The cheapest area is known as the course enclosure, and gives you access to the centre of the course. This is a great place for a picnic on a sunny day, and attracts loads of families. There are betting facilities, plus food and drink and other amenities. A good option is to pay for a vehicle that gains entry for all your fellow race-goers plus as much food and drink as your boot can hold.


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