Thirsk Racecourse

The Racecourse, Station Road, Thirsk, N Yorkshire, YO7 1QL - Map & Directions
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Entrance to Thirsk Racecourse
Entrance to Thirsk Racecourse (JThomas /

Located in North Yorkshire, racing has been held at Thirsk for well over 200 years, but the current course did not officially open and host a meeting until 1923. Conveniently located amidst the picturesque settings of the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, Thirsk is undoubtedly regarded as one of the most tranquil, relaxing and aesthetically pleasing racecourses to visit throughout the entirety of the British Isles.

For those travelling by train, Thirsk racecourse is just half a mile from Thirsk station, with a free shuttle bus in operation on race days to take visitors to and from the station. For those wishing to travel by car, the racecourse is located to the west of Thirsk town centre on the A61 Thirsk/Ripon road. Satellite navigation users should note the Y07 1QL postcode. Parking at the racecourse is free of charge and all in all Thirsk is very easy to reach.

Ticket Prices

There are two enclosures accessible to visitors to Thirsk racecourse – entry to the Premier enclosure is available for £16, whilst customers can access the family enclosure for as little as £7. OAPs are able to receive a significant discount, whilst customers under the age of 18 are allowed in all enclosures free of charge when if they are accompanied by a paying adult, whilst proof of age may be necessary.

The Course

Thirsk Racecourse
Thirsk Racecourse (JThomas /

Thirsk is home exclusively to flat race meetings and races are run left-handed over an oval shaped course, with the total distance measuring at a modest 1m2f. Although the bends at each end of the oval are tight, the track is reasonably easy with no major undulations. An adjoining chute produces a straight course that can stage races up to 6f. High drawn horses that frequent the straight track tend to hold a statistical advantage, although not a huge one.

Major Meetings at Thirsk

Thirsk Grandstand
Thirsk Grandstand (David P Howard /

Racing at Thirsk has been constant since the conception of the course, besides a brief hiatus during the Second World War. Thirsk hosts an average of 14 flat race meetings each calendar year, between the months of April and September.

The most famous race at Thirsk is arguably the Thirsk Hunt Cup, which is run over 1m and generally takes place at the beginning of May each year. The race was established and first run in 1997, with the most recent winner being Fort Bastian in 2014, with famous jockey James P. Sullivan in the saddle.

Dining and Hospitality

Thirsk racecourse has put a lot of time, money and effort into ensuring their private boxes and hospitality suites are luxurious, comfortable and worth every penny that customers spend to enjoy a much classier and enjoyable race day experience. The private boxes, balconies and suites on offer are designed to accommodate between 10 and 40 guests, with trackside hospitality marquees also available, the latter able to house between 30 and 400 people.

The private boxes are easily the most popular option among those that choose to experience Thirsk’s hospitality privileges and they start from just £750, although prices will vary and increase for those who wish to house a higher number of guests, as well as a difference in price between a sit down meal and buffet style catering. For more information, contact the racecourse directly.


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