Ripon - British Racecourse

One of North Yorkshires finest.

About Ripon Racecourse:

The first recorded horse races in the Ripon area took place in 1664 on Bondgate Green. Over the next 236 years, several other venues were used to stage race meetings. During one meeting in 1723, Ripon race goers witnessed a moment of horse racing history, when they watched the first ever race exclusively for lady riders. However, none of the historic venues had long lasting success, and it took the opening of the current course on Boroughbridge Road in 1900 to establish Ripon as a regular flat racing venue. Due to its most pleasant surroundings, Ripon is known as Yorkshires Garden Racecourse, and during the flat racing season, racegoers can enjoy the Ripon facilities on any one of its race days. Children under 18 are admitted for free.

Course Details: Staging only flat racing, horses run right handed over an undulating oval course measuring one mile five furlongs in circumference. There is a sharp bend into the home straight, one of the longest in the country, being five furlongs in length. The last furlong of the run in to the winning post is also noticeably uphill with undulations, and on softer going, stamina becomes important. On firm, or good going, statistically, the sprint course favours low drawn horses. Right-handed, 1m5f oval with slight undulations and sharp bend before 5f run-in.

Getting there, directions and parking:

Train - The nearest stations are Harrogate (11 miles), Thirsk (11 miles) and York (27 miles).

Bus - 36 – Leeds – Harrogate – Ripon. Which runs every 20 minutes
70 – Northallerton – Thirsk – Ripon
142, 143 – York – Boroughbridge – Ripon

Parking - Main free Car Park. This gives you access to the Club or Paddock Enclosure and also the Course if you are planning on walking into the centre at a price per person. Cars on Course, which allows you to drive into the centre of the racecourse (£18 for a car of up to 4 adults).


Places to stay nearby:

The Old Deanery (1.1 miles)
Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS
Tel: 01765 600003
Premier Inn Harrogate Town Centre (10.4 miles)
9 Springfield Ave, Harrogate HG1 2HR
Tel: 0871 527 9432

Pubs Nearby:

The Water Rat (0.9 miles)
24 Bondgate Green, 24 Bondgate Green, Ripon HG4 1QW
Tel: 01765 602251
The Guy Fawkes Arms (6.8 miles)
Main Street, Scotton, Harrogate HG5 9HU
Tel: 01423 868400



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