Kempton Park - British Racecourse
Home of the King George VI Chase and weekly all weather racing.
About Kempton Park Racecourse:
The first ever race held at Kempton Park took place on the 18th July 1878. The Park had been bought by Henry Hyde six years earlier, who went on to fulfil his ambition of building a racecourse on the site. A Royal Box was constructed in just 21 days in 1889 to cater for a visit from the Prince of Wales. The racecourse suffered major damage to the grandstand, restaurant, member’s stand and tattersalls bar as a result of a fire in 1932. Kempton Park was a major victim of both World Wars when all racing was abandoned and the site was used for a number of purposes related to the war. The Racecourses at Gatwick, Hurst Park and Sandown adopted Kempton Park’s fixtures until 1919, when racing resumed at Kempton.
The site played a major role in accommodating prisoners of war throughout World War II.
The course is most famous for its Boxing Day showcase, the King George VI Chase, won famously by Kauto Star and Desert Orchid. It also boasts an All Weather floodlit track which they race on all year with a mixture of afternoon and evening fixtures. Under 18’s get in free when accompanied by an adult for majority of fixtures.
Flat Floodlit AWT:- Right handed ten furlong oval for 6f, 7f, 1m, 1m3f, 1m4f and 2m races. Inner six furlong track for 5f and 1m2f races.
National Hunt:- Triangular circuit 1m5f, practically flat, with 220yd run-in.
Getting there, directions and parking:
Train - Kempton Park Racecourse boasts its own train station on-site – Kempton Park – which is situated 200 yards from the North entrance. Trains run every half an hour direct from London Waterloo with the journey time being just 40 minutes.
Parking - Free parking is available on all race days. The main car park is free at the majority of fixtures, however this excludes all jump fixtures, where there is a charge for main car park.
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Places to stay nearby:
Premier Inn Sunbury - Kempton Park (0.9 miles)
68 Staines Road West, London, Sunbury TW16 7AT
Tel: 0871 527 9054
The Lensbury (3.7 miles)
Broom Road, Teddington TW11 9NU, England
Tel: 020 8614 6400
White Horse Pub (0.6 miles)
69 Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5QF
Tel: 01932 770999
The Red Lion (3.5 miles)
Russell Road, Shepperton TW17 9HX
Tel: 01932 244526