Thirsk - British Racecourse

Another North Yorkshire racing gem.

About Thirsk Racecourse:

Thirsk area's long association with horse racing can be traced as far back as 1612, when James I provided the prize of a Gold Cup for racing held at the nearby Hambleton Hills. Racing at Hambleton ended in 1775, but the location remains a vibrant training centre for thoroughbreds to this day. Thirsk’s first race meeting on the present course was held in 1855. The expansion of the railways and Thirsk’s growing reputation also began to attract racegoers from further afield, as well as southern-trained horses, to take part in events such as an attention-grabbing 300 Guineas Stakes introduced in 1879. These days Thirsk stages some 14 flat fixtures per year, between April and September, including 5 Saturday afternoon meetings and 3 evening meetings. It attracts high class runners and jockeys from all the major training centres, many of which go on to achieve great things on the international stage. Children under the age of 18 are admitted free-of-charge. 

Course Details:

Left-handed oval of about 1m2f with 4f run-in. Sharp and almost level.

Getting there, directions and parking:

Train - Thirsk Station is located ½ mile from the Racecourse. A free shuttle bus runs two hours before the first race and up to an hour after the last race.

Parking - With the exception of the picnic ‘Park & View’ area in the Family Enclosure, all car and coach parking at Thirsk Racecourse is free of charge.


Places to stay nearby:

The Gallery Bed & Breakfast (0.6 miles)
18 Kirkgate, Thirsk, YO7 1PQ
Tel: 01845 523767
Golden Fleece Hotel (0.7 miles)
42 Market Place, Thirsk, YO7 1LL
Tel: 01845 523108

Pubs Nearby:

Dog and Gun Knayton (4 miles)
Knayton, Thirsk YO7 4AZ
Tel: 01845 537368
Black Lion (0.6 miles)
8 Market Place, Thirsk YO7 1LB
Tel: 01845 574302



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