Longchamp Races

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Paris is a visitor destination par excellence with plenty to occupy lovers of art, culture, architecture and cuisine. There is one particular attraction in the city where all of these things can be admired in addition to some world class sporting events and that is ParisLongchamp Racecourse.

1857 saw the first Longchamp races and Parisians and visitors ever since have been enthralled by the racing spectacle and classic race environment which has inspired works by artists such as Degas and Manet.

Attracting massive crowds from the onset, thoroughbred horseracing finds a natural and well-loved home at ParisLongchamp.

The Hippodrome de ParisLongchamp occupies a 57 hectare area to the west of the city in the district of Bois de Boulogne.

Built on the banks of the River Seine it is by far the most prestigious racecourse in France and one of the world’s great sporting arenas.

Free buses leave from the Porte d’Auteuil metro station the on the main race days and an alternative tramway service links Suresness-Longchamp with the metro station at La Defence-Grande Arche.

Longchamp races are contested by the best thoroughbreds in the world during the flat race season, starting in March and ending early November.

There are plenty of opportunities then for visitors to Paris during the most popular periods to take some time out from the hubbub of the city centre and enjoy a day at the races in true style. The most notable Longchamp races include the Paris Grand Prix and 1000 and 2000 Guineas. The Guineas are held in May but for the absolute highlight of European racing it is October which race fans mark in their calendar as the time for the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, one of the world’s great racing events and second only to the Japan Cup in prize money.

The ‘Arc’ is contested over 2400 metres (1 ½ miles), by horses aged three years and over. A massive sporting event with global coverage the race was founded in 1920 and today forms the highlight of a weekend meeting which includes seven Grade I races and a further four Grade II races. Longchamp hosts over half the Grade I races in France.
Longchamp Races, inside rail

The track at ParisLongchamp is actually four tracks intertwined. Races of distances from 1000m to 4000m are hosted using different track sections and over 40 different start points. In addition to speed and agility a trait required to do well at Longchamp is stamina in overcoming the challenges presented by the notorious hill part of the track.

The appeal of Longchamp races to both casual and keen racegoers is undoubtedly the blend of superb racing with an environment infused with all the style, elegance and rich cultural traditions of the sport. Guided tours of the course are available.

ParisLongchamp is perfectly suited for classic raceday dining. Gladiateur Brasserie is located behind the Grandstand and is a typically stylish Parisian bistro. Within the Grandstand itself there is the Panoramique Restaurant, which as the name suggests, combines fine dining with terrific views over the course and beyond. During the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe meeting a further dining option is available within a special marquee village. This area is set up adjacent from the main grandstand, directly at the rails and provides a Longchamp races experience right at the heart of the action.

Restaurant packages are available for all the major dining facilities and will incorporate admission into the course, reserved seating at restaurant tables for the duration of the day’s races, private betting and bar facilities and often a champagne reception too if required. Corporate hospitality options are available too with the ultimate in style and exclusivity provided by the private boxes and suites.