Pontefract Racecourse is the home of the longest continuous and operational race track in the United Kingdom. At just a little under 2 miles and 1 furlong, the circuit at Pontefract is the courses signature feature. Pontefract also hosts a series of annual theme days, including Irish Night, Singles Night, Ladies Day, Red Shirt Night and several Family Days.
Address: Pontefract Park Racecourse, The Park, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1LE
Phone: 01977 781 307
A lot of the early history of Pontefract Racecourse is speculative. There are reports of an alleged race meeting on the 5th October 1790, as well as some inconclusive evidence of a three-day race meeting in 1801. However, it is not until 1802 that there is definitive information about racing at Pontefract.
In 1802 Pontefract pioneered the rules of race course conduct by selling what more or less amounted to lifetime membership to the course and admission to all races to members in possession of a '20-year badge'. This scheme funded the racecourse's first Grandstand.
Originally all races at Pontefract started after 3pm, due to the large collier community surrounding the track. The time was considerate of the work hours the racegoers were keeping. Although this is no longer the case, it is a good indicator of the social attitude Pontefract Racecourse displays towards its patrons.
Note: The most convenient train station to reach Pontefract Racecourse is Pontefract Tanshelf which is a five minute walk from the course.
The racecourse is best approached via the M62, leaving at Junction 32 to take the A539.
Disabled Facilities: In tune with its social racing attitude, Pontefract Racecourse has facilities to accommodate disabled racegoers and owners. Starting with access ramps to almost any area of the racecourse to reserved viewing areas, Pontefract Racecourse ensures that everyone can have a good time.
Restaurants: Pontefract is home to four restaurants - The Park Suite, The Premier Dining Room, the Premier Sports Cafe Bar, and the Grandstand&Paddock Self Service Restaurant. All these venues offer delicious race day cuisine to varying prices and varying degrees of formality. There's a snack for everyone at Pontefract.
Private Boxes: Private viewing facilities are available on request. All of Pontefract Racecourse's private rooms include admission to all areas of the course, a racecard and free parking. Hospitality packages are available.