It opened in 1875 when everyone had to pay at least half a crown. The first meeting occurred in three days, April 22-25, 1875, including the Grand National Hunt Chase, which is now staged at the Cheltenham Festival. The War Department requisitioned it from 1940-1945 for World War II.
It is located in Esher, Surrey, England, in the outer suburbs of London. It is close to Esher railway station, served by trains from London Waterloo. One of fifteen racecourses in the UK, owned and operated by the Jockey Club. It is also one of the first courses to charge all for attending and became the first course in England to have a members’ enclosure in 1875. Acknowledged as the most modernized racecourse among the backdrop a historical sport, and one of the most accessible and popular in the UK. Moreover, it is also known to be the Queen Mother’s favorite course in which three of her horses, “Arkle, Mill Reef, and Desert Orchid,” frequently raced in the course.
Aside from racing, it also hosts many non-racing events such as trade shows, wedding fairs, toy fairs, car shows, auctions, property shows, concerts, private events, and concerts for famous bands and musicians, including Girls Aloud, Madness, and Westlife.
It hosts five grade one National Hunt meetings and a Group 1 flat meeting every year. Home of the Tingle Creek & the Coral-Eclipse (featured race), hosting 14 fixtures in both flat and jumps.
It hosts both Flat and National Hunt with a right-handed course. For flat, the racecourse is oval and measures 1m5f in circumference. Run-in is 4f long and features a gradual incline before leveling off close to the winning post. In the winter, the flat main course is utilized for hurdles racing, with six hurdles moved onto the circuit. On the other hand, the Steeplechase Course (National Hunt) is slightly longer, measuring 1m5½f. It includes a largely uphill home straight, and although the run-in isn’t overly long, it can be very demanding, especially on softer ground. The Obstacle or Jump Course (National Hunt) has 11 fences, including two open ditches and one water jump. Seven obstacles are laid out down the back straight. The distances between them vary, with the final three jumps coming in quick succession.
It offers 110 stables, a wedding reception suite, a karting track, an 18-hole golf course, and a dry ski slope. For its dining, it offers three packages, bronze, silver, and gold. There are also three restaurant packages available for the Equus restaurant, situated overlooking the finishing line.
It also offers enclosures, such as the 1875 Lounge, which includes casual seating, a private bar, and betting facilities, and available food to purchase. The Premier Enclosure offers full access to the Grandstand and exclusive bookmakers, catering facilities, and bars (including the popular Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar). It also has access to the brasserie and the enclosures walk-in restaurant. Another location in the racecourse is the Champagne Terrace, overlooking the Parade Ring, with comfortable seats and a private bar with views of the London skyline on the horizon. Its inclusions are the Premier Enclosure entry, a glass of champagne on arrival, exclusive access to the Terrace and bar, exclusive seating area, and a racecard.