Discover the Thrill: Epsom Downs Racecourse and The Derby

by | Aug 20, 2022 | Explore Epsom

Situated on the North Downs in Surrey, Epsom Downs Racecourse stages Derby, the greatest Flat Race in the world. The racecourse has been staging this numero uno racing event, known as the most unusual and testing Flat racing track on the planet, since 1780. The twelve-furlong Derby trip provides a roller-coaster ride, most notably the turn into the most famous bend in racing called Tattenham Corner.

Nestled amidst the picturesque North Downs in Surrey, Epsom Downs Racecourse proudly hosts the Derby, renowned as the world’s greatest Flat Race. Since its inception in 1780, this iconic event has captivated racing enthusiasts with its unique and challenging track, making it a spectacle unlike any other in the racing calendar.

The twelve-furlong Derby journey offers a thrilling roller-coaster ride, highlighted by the famous bend known as Tattenham Corner. It’s here that history unfolds and champions are crowned, adding to the race’s allure and prestige.

History of the Derby

Named after Lord Derby’s estate in Woodmansterne, the Derby was first held on 14th May 1779. Originally open to three-year-old fillies, the race covered a mile and a half with 12 runners. The favorite, Lord Derby’s Bridget, triumphed with memorable elegance. Over the decades, Derby Day evolved into the pinnacle of the racing calendar. By the late 18th century, it not only attracted racing aficionados but also became a celebrated outing for Londoners. For race fixtures at Epsom Downs Racecourse, details can be found here.

Getting There

Located just minutes from Epsom Town Centre on the B290 Epsom Downs Road, or conveniently near junction 9 of the M25, Epsom Downs Racecourse is easily accessible. If you’re using SAT NAV, enter the postcode KT18 5LQ. Alternatively, plan your route using the AA Route Planner with KT18 5LQ as your destination.

Public Transport

By Train: Epsom Station is well-connected via South West Trains and Southern Trains, offering services from London Waterloo and London Victoria. A short 10-minute taxi or bus ride from the station gets you to the racecourse. Epsom Downs Station is also an option, approximately a mile’s walk to the venue.

By Bus: Metrobus operates convenient services (460, 480, and 406F) from Epsom Town Centre to Tattenham Corner Station. With just three stops, it’s a straightforward journey to Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Whether you are a seasoned racing enthusiast or new to the sport, Epsom Downs Racecourse and the Derby promise an unforgettable experience steeped in history and excitement. Plan your visit and be part of this prestigious racing tradition.

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