How could you possibly resist a visit at a racing venue known and famed as 'The Garden Racecourse'? Set in beautiful North Yorkshire, Ripon Racecourse sports natural assetts and man-made flower features that might cause all horse-matters to briefly slip your mind. When you recall the true purpose of the location however, there will be more than enough equine activity to check out. With 14 race meetings, special events and supreme on-track talent, Ripon Racecourse knows to dazzle in more ways than one.
Address: Ripon Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1UG
Phone: 01765 602 156
The Ripon area has conducted organised horse racing events for over 300 years, with the first record of equine competition dating back to 1664. The races were held first on Bondgate Green, followed by a number of different locations for the events. Ripon gained a reputation as a major horse racing force.
In 1723, Ripon's racing scene gained well-deserved notoriety when it played host to the very first race allowing female jockeys to compete.
In 1900 Ripon Racecourse moved to its current location at Boroughbridge Road, and has been an important fixture on the racing scene ever since. Home of a proud Racegoers' Club since the 1960s, Ripon Racecourse was voted 'Best Small Racecourse in the North' in 2003.
Bad News: The closest stations to Ripon Racecourse are York, 27 miles away, Harrogate, 11 miles, and Thirsk, 11 miles. There are no shuttle services to the racecourse. However, a bus goes regularly from Harrogate Station to Ripon Centre, which will reduce cabfares dramatically.
One can either reach Ripon Racecourse via the A1, taking the Ripon turn-off or leaving at the junction with A61. There is ample signage indicating Ripon Cathedral, which will also lead you to the track.
Rowels Boxes: Ripon Racecourse offers a range of private rooms for a celebratory luncheon, all of them equipped with viewing balconies affording spectacular views of the track. These lavish rooms, located in the heart of the Grandstand, can accommodate parties between 25 and 100 people.
Hornblower Room: For ultimate privacy nothing can top this venue, offering an entire building devoted exclusively to your party of up to 40 heads. The building also has a terrace for private viewing.
Club Dining Room: For small groups of racegoers Ripon Racecourse is happy to reserve a table at this a la carte restaurant. Offering three to four course menus starting from £15 per person, the Club Dining Room will provide you with a solid base for the race day.