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ParisLongchamp RacecourseTheatre of dreams

ParisLongchamp racecourse is among the most storied and celebrated in the world of flat racing. The venue of so many Classic races over so many years – brought about by France Galop and its forerunner the « Société d’Encouragement » - its
reputation comes in great part from its landmark race, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, run each October.

The venue’s demanding nature, size (57 hectares in the Bois de Boulogne) and sheer elegance make it racing’s equivalent of the Eiffel Tower.

After being madeover several times, the racecourse opened its doors again in April 2018 after two years of improvement work. Its resolutely new, cutting edge look has been dreamed up by the architect Dominique Perrault, who also boasts the world famous Great French Library on his resume.

Now greener and more spacious, ParisLongchamp also welcomes a plethora of other events on top of its Classic racing programme for the world’s greatest thoroughbreds…

Do not miss:

http://www.parislongchamp.com/

How to get there ?

2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris

Transport to and from ParisLongchamp :

  • Bus 241 : Stopping at « Les Moulins Camping » - Going towards « Porte Maillot » and « Porte d’Auteuil »
  • Bus 244 : Stopping at « Hippodrome de Longchamp » - Going towards « Rueil Malmaison RER » and « Porte d’Auteuil »

Weekends and public holidays: free shuttles between Porte d’Auteuil and ParisLongchamp and between Porte Maillot and ParisLongchamp.

Metro stations nearby:

  • M1 Porte Maillot
  • M10 Porte d’Auteuil

Tramway nearby:

  • T2 Suresnes Longchamp (Going towards Porte de Versailles and La Défense)

Taxis and chauffer-driven cars:

  • 2, Route des Tribunes, 76016 PARIS

 

Services

  • Bureau de Change

  • ATM

  • Binocular rentals

  • Gift shop

  • Easy Racing area: Understand racing, learn to bet.

Prices

 Internet presaleReduced price (1)Full  price

Parking (Internet presale)

Parking (D-D)
WeekdayOn-site sales only3 €5 €OfferedOffered
Saturdays (2, 30 june - 22 sept.)5 €8 €1013 €5 €
JeuXdi by ParisLongchamp (17, 24, 31 may - 7, 14, 28 june - 5, 12 july)5 €8 €1013 €5 €
Sundays - Grands Prix 4 * (8, 15 april - 13 may - 10 june - 2, 9 sept. - 21, 28 oct.)6 €8 €1013 €5 €
Abu Dhabi Poules d'Essai des Pouliches et des Poulains -  Grand Prix 4 * (13 may)6 €8 €1013 €5 €
ParisLongchamp Garden Party - Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris -  Grand Prix 4 * (14 july)6 €8 €1013 €5 €
Qatar Arc Trials  - Grand Prix 4 * (16 sept.)6 €8 €1013 €5 €
Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Grand Prix 5 * (6, 7 oct.)30 €32 €3515 €10 €

For futher information and tickets: billetterie.france-galop.com

Reduced price: for those that have a France Galop Club card, students, over 60s, job-seekers, and those accompanying handicapped people. 

Free entry for under 18s, PMU card holders (except Grand Prix 5*), and handicapped people.

Main events

  •   September 15 - Qatar Arc Trials
  •   October 5-6 - Week-end du Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Schedule of upcoming races

Date Racetrack Start Races To note Ground Premium
07/04/2019 PARISLONGCHAMP 13h35 Plat : 3
Prix : D'HARCOURT (Grp. II)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : VANTEAUX (Grp. III)
Prix : LA FORCE (Grp. III)
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14/04/2019 PARISLONGCHAMP 13h35 Plat : 3
Prix : NOAILLES (Grp. III)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : FONTAINEBLEAU (Grp. III)
Prix : DE LA GROTTE (Grp. III)
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28/04/2019 PARISLONGCHAMP 13h30 Plat : 3
Prix : GANAY (Grp. I)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : DE BARBEVILLE (Grp. III)
Prix : ALLEZ FRANCE (Grp. III)
Premium
04/05/2019 PARISLONGCHAMP 13h35 Plat : 1
Prix : D'HEDOUVILLE (Grp. III)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :


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12/05/2019 PARISLONGCHAMP 13h30 Plat : 3
Prix : ESSAI POULAINS (Grp. I)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : ESSAI POULICHES (Grp. I)
Prix : DE ST-GEORGES (Grp. III)
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ParisLongchamp in numbers

Around 30 meetings a year;

Capacity 50 000 people;

57 hectares, including 17 hectares of turf tracks;

46 different starting points;

5 tracks, 4 of which are concentric:
A large right-handed track of 2,750 metres;
A middle right-handed track of 2,500 metres;
A small right-handed track of 2,150 metres;
A new right-handed track of 1,400 metres;
A straight-line track of 1,000 metres.

History

The Champ-de-Mars, where autumn race meetings were held in increasingly difficult conditions, was clearly not fit for purpose and so under the pressure of the Duke of Morny, the Bois de Boulogne was chosen as the location for a new Paris racecourse.

In 1856, the Paris municipality granted la Société d’Encouragement the site of La Plaine de Longchamp, which had previously formed part of the estate of the eponymous Abbey. One year later, on 27 April 1857, the first meeting was held in the presence of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, as well as a great many of the numerous racing enthusiasts who belonged to high society during the Second Empire. The first winner at Longchamp was the appropriately named Eclaireur, meaning Pathfinder in English.

In 1863, the Grand Prix de Paris was created. It remained the most lucrative race in the world up until the First World War.

The three wars endured by the capital would not leave the racecourse unscathed. It was bombed during the Siege of the Paris in 1870, and during the First World War was transformed first into a stockyard and then into a field hospital by the Americans, before finally being used an airfield.
In the period between these two conflicts, the wooden stands were rebuilt in stone (in 1904). Today, it is still possible appreciate their grandeur as one of the stands in the middle of the home straight has been preserved.

Between the two World Wars, Longchamp regained its former lustre. On the day of the Grand Prix de Paris, it regularly received more than 100,000 spectators, spread between the the scales area, the weighing room, and the viewing lawn.

In 1943, Longchamp was bombed again, including during a race meeting, because the Germans had transformed the viewing lawn into an anti-aircraft position.

In truth, this was not the first time that Longchamp had played host to the military. From 1867, military reviews had taken place on the tracks, and from 1880, when the 14 July had become a national holiday, Longchamp was the site of a military parade, attended by tens of thousands of spectators. The latter lasted until 1923.

Between 1962 and 1967, the stands were again partially rebuilt in a similar style to the constructions they replaced, which were all moved from the site by rail.

Forty years later, the stands were suffering all the more seriously from the ravages of time and France Galop decided to build a ‘New Longchamp’. Dominique Perrault was chosen as the architect.

The demolition work started the day after the 2015 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and will continue until Autumn 2017, in time for a planned reopening the following spring.