Kempton Park Racecourse Guide

Guide to Kempton Park Racecourse

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About Kempton Races

Flat / National Hunt / All Weather

Origin Story

While out on a country jaunt Henry Hyde came across Kempton Manor and Park for sale ­– he leased the land and six years later racing began at Kempton Park in 1878.

Closest Racecourse to London

Kempton, near Richmond, is the closest racecourse to central London and has both Flat and Jump races throughout the year.


An all-weather floodlit course was opened in 2006, making it one of only three racecourses in Britain with both an artificial track for Flat racing and a turf course for Jumps.

The Kempton King George

Its flagship race, the King George VI Chase held on Boxing Day, is the second most prestigious chase in England after the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Famously won three times by Wayward Lad, four times by Desert Orchid and a record five times by Kauto Star.

Important Races/Festivals

  • January – Lanzarote Hurdle
  • September – Magnolia Stakes, Rosebery Stakes
  • December – Winter Festival including the ‘King George’ FOR FESTIVAL GUIDE CLICK HERE


  • Road: Leave the M3 eastbound at junction 1; follow the A308 for about a mile.
  • Rail: The course has its own station reached from London Waterloo.
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 01932 782292.

The Kempton Park Directory - Local Services

Travelling to Kempton Park? Want to know where to stay, where to eat, where to get your hair and nails done? How about where the best pubs are and the name of a reliable taxi? We can help. Check back frequently – this section is updated on a regular basis. 

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