Kempton Park Racecourse

Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ - Map & Directions
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Kempton Park (John Light /

Kempton Park racecourse is located on the border of Greater London and as well as hosting racing it is also a fully licenced entertainment and conference facility, as well as being home to a weekly market and seasonal wedding fairs. The course itself is positioned on a 210-acre grassland site, which is bordered by beautiful, picturesque woodland and has a number of lakes in the middle.

Local businessman S. H. Hyde leased the grounds in 1872 before opening it as a racecourse six years later and it has been used as such ever since. The course was closed for nearly a year as of May 2005 and was later reopened as a brand new all-weather synthetic track with floodlights, which allows racing to take place in all but the most severe of weather conditions.

Kempton is in a fantastic location for access as it is less than one mile from Junction 1 of the M3, which can be accessed via Junction 12 of the M25. Not only this but it is just a 25-minute drive form Heathrow and 45 minutes from Gatwick, for those who want to visit as soon as they land. Kempton Park has its own train station on site, which is just 200 yards from the main entrance and is served by direct and frequent trains from London Waterloo.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices at Kempton Park are very reasonable, with entry for adults to the paddock starting from just £12. Those under the age of 18 are allowed free entry when accompanied by a full paying adult, whilst full time students are offered half price entry upon the production of valid identification.

In terms of senior prices, those eligible are encouraged to join the Diamond Club, which costs a one-off £10 and guarantees £5 discount for entry to every subsequent race meeting. Alternatively, a £4 discount is offered without Diamond Club membership if preferred.

The Course

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Kempton Park (James Emmans /

Kempton Park offers both flat and National Hunt meetings, with flat racing taking place on two separate yet parallel right-handed tracks. The outer oval measures 1m2f in circumference, whilst the inner oval is just 1m long. The flat tracks are surrounded by 42 floodlight poles, which allow evening races to take place.

The National Hunt course is almost triangular in shape and measures around 1m5f in circumference. It is flat and level throughout, with the steeplechase course consisting of ten fences. Three of these obstacles come in the home straight, with a 1f run-in succeeding the final hurdle. The hurdles course contains six flights with just two in the final straight. Both courses are quick and sharp and are more suited to pacier, agile horses, as is the all-weather surface.

Major Meetings at Kempton Park

Sire De Grugy
Sire De Grugy (Dan Heap /

The most prestigious race, which takes place each year, is the King George VI Chase and this has been run on Boxing Day since 1937, over a distance of 3m. Also on Boxing Day is the Feltham Novice’s Chase, which started in 1982 and is also competed over a distance of 3m.

The day after Boxing Day sees the Desert Orchid Chase which covers just 2m and first started in 2006. The most recent winner of the race (in 2013) was the highly regarded horse Sire de Grugy, winner of the British Jump Racing Horse of the Year in 2014.

Dining and Hospitality

There are a large number hospitality packages available from Kempton Park, with four price ranges to choose from, ranging from £69 to £119 + VAT per person. Alternatively, visitors are offered the opportunity to dine in the Panoramic Restaurant, with menu prices ranging from £69 to £89, depending on what race meeting it is and how many courses customers opt for.


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