A day at the races: the ParisLongchamp Racecourse
Published on 1 October 2022, dans Not to be missed
Neighbouring the Bois de Boulogne, by the Seine, close to the Roland Garros Stadium and the Bagatelle rose garden, the ParisLongchamp Racecourse has occupied a privileged position on the outskirts of Paris for more than a century and a half. The site, recently extensively renovated, hosts 30 horse racing days a year as well as concerts, events and festivals such as Lollapalooza and Solidays. It also boasts several places where you can eat, including a gourmet restaurant offering an exceptional view of the verdant canopy of the Bois de Boulogne and the skyline of La Défense. While staying at the Relais de la Malmaison, you will only be twenty minutes by car from this place rich in entertainment and sporting excitement.
The racecourse in facts and figures
It was in 1857 that Napoleon III inaugurated the Hippodrome de Longchamp on the former land of the abbey whose name it bears, an estate that was nationalised at the time of the French Revolution. Throughout the 20th century, the hippodrome was a major place of entertainment for Parisians who came by the thousands to thrill to the races and bet on their favourite runners and riders. Neglected during the two world wars and no longer in tune with the times, the racecourse closed in the fall of 2015 for nearly three years of renovations. Since 2018, it has continued to be a racing venue, but one fully capable of hosting other major events. Of the facility’s 57 hectares, 17 are devoted to racetracks. Each year, the ParisLongchamp Racecourse hosts 16 Group 1 races for a total of 30 racing days. It also has a 160-metre-long building designed by the architect Dominique Perrault that boasts public reception facilities and events spaces, as well as a gourmet restaurant on the rooftop overlooking the Bois de Boulogne, a brasserie and a guinguette.
The horse racing events at the ParisLongchamp Racecourse fascinate both enthusiasts and casual visitors, who quickly find themselves swept up in the excitement and traditions of the Sport of Kings. One of the events of the year is undoubtedly the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at the beginning of autumn, one of the most prestigious events in the racing calendar. But from May to the end of October, you can watch several exciting races. Children are not overlooked, either, with dedicated entertainment provided for them on race days. ‘L’Hippodrome en Famille’ offers pony rides, carousel rides and other free surprises. In May and June, the Jeuxdi by ParisLongchamp invites you to relax in the evening, after the working day is done, with a combination of horse racing and an afterwork ambiance. Consult the website’s calendar of events to find a date that suits you!
Cycling, music, festivals…
The Hippodrome de Longchamp also hosts many other activities. Bicycle racing is another popular sport that you can enjoy there. Many races have taken place at the venue which, in days past, saw the greats of the sport such as Louison Bobet and Jacques Anquetil compete. A 3.6 km road reserved for cyclists goes around the racecourse and welcomes amateurs and professionals alike. The venue also plays host to Solidays, a festival which raises funds for the fight against AIDS and to help those afflicted. New festivals have also set up their speakers there, such as the huge Lollapalooza rock and pop event. Finally, the July 14th Garden Party has established itself in recent years as ‘the place to be’ on Bastille Day...
The Hippodrome de ParisLongchamp is a major sports and entertainment venue in the west of Paris. During your stay at the Relais de la Malmaison, why not enjoy a day out there?
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