Epsom Downs racecourse

Standing on the Surrey Downs, Epsom is shaped like an elongated horseshoe. The track rises 150 feet in the first half mile then levelling out before a downhill stretch round Tattenham Corner. The straight five-furlong course is one of the fastest in the world.

In 1779, Lord Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury conceived the idea of a race to establish which horse was the best of its generation. With the Derby itself, the Oaks for fillies and the Coronation Cup for older horses, the two-day June meeting represents the ultimate test for the thoroughbred.

Address: Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5LQ
Tel: 013 727 263 11
Admission: Admission: £15 in advance, £20 on the day. Entry for under 18's is free when accompanied by a paying adult. Investec Derby Festival and Epsom Live! Prices differ, please see Epsom's website for further details.
Road: Leave M25 at Junction 9, take A24. Course 1 1/2m S of Epsom on B290
Rail: Waterloo or Victoria to Epsom Station, Victoria to Epsom Downs, and London Bridge or Charing Cross to Tattenham Corner
Car park: Telephone: 01372 726311 to find out more
Flat: Left-hand course which is sharp and very undulating. The sprint course is all downhill and probably the fastest in the country. Many horses are not suited to the track but front runners do well along with course specialists.