Ripon Racecourse Guide

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About Ripon Racecourse


1664 Start

Racing has taken place on several sites around Ripon, with the first recorded meeting on Bondgate Green in 1664. Racing on the present site started in August 1900.

First Female Jockeys

Ripon is believed to have staged Britain’s first race for lady riders in 1723.

Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse

With its bright flowerbeds and emerald lawns Ripon is known as Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse and was voted ‘Best Small Racecourse in the North’ by the Racegoers Club in 2011, 2014 and 2015. In 2017 the Racecourse Association pronounced Ripon one of the best racecourses in the country, along with 10 others.

Important Races/Festivals

August – Great St Wilfred Handicap; Ripon Champion Two Year Old Trophy


  • Road: The course is on the B6265 between the A61 Ripon bypass and the A1 turn for Boroughbridge.
  • Rail: The nearest stations are York (27 miles), Harrogate (11 miles) and Thirsk
    (11 miles).
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 01765 530530

The Ripon Racecourse Directory - Local Services

Travelling to Ripon Races? 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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