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“Arc de Triomphe”

Longchamp Racecourse
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“Arc de Triomphe”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

Booked a trip at the last moment as my husband want to go to the big race, stayed at Auteuil tour eiffel hotel which was about a 10 min walk to the nearest metro and then two stops to the Pont Auteuil stop for the free shuttle (navette) to the racecourse. This was very efficient, plenty of busses. The ride was bout 15 mins to the racecourse and then there was a short walk across the grass (OK as long as it doesn't rain) to the course. We thought we'd get there reasonably early to avoid long lines, but at 11am the lines were enormous to get in even with tickets. The line moved quickly though and we soon found our way through to the Garden Arcs where we had seats (this was a good move). As expected the place was packed. We had brought a couple of filled baguettes with us (another good move) and wish that we had brought drinks as well. Many people brought picnics. Looked to have a glass of champagne and the price was 24.50 euros and served in a plastic glass, a bottle of moet was 90 euros. A little steep I thought. The beer was 10 euros for .5 litre. Longchamp is a strange track as you can't see much of the races from anywhere which seems weird, but thank heavens for large TV screens so we could watch on there and just see the last few furlongs as the horses thundered past. There was a hat 'tent' that was very popular, selling panamas and fascinators at very reasonable prices. The only thing that let it down a little was the ladies toilets, they were clean but about half of them were out of order which resulted in huge lines. All in all though a great day out and we had the winner of the big race to make it even better!!

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We went to the races on both days.

On saturday i booked a table in the panoramic restaurant which not only overlooked the racecourse but you could see the eiffel tower also. Lunch was great and had a wonderful day.

Sundau was equally good but far more crowds on sunday so beware.

You can get a weekend pass which cost 14 euros excellent value.

Will be going next year.

Visited October 2013
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“The Arc 2013”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Visited for the Arc meeting this year. Entrance was just 10 euros. You can book online in advance or just pay on the day.

95% of people make an effort and dress up for this, there is no formal dress code though. We felt slightly under dressed as had been wrongly advised that people didn't go too smart but they certainly do. There is a free and very well organised shuttle bus from the local metro.

Betting on the French tote was easy and quick enough and very easy to collect if you backed a British winner, not so if you back a French winner due to the huge queues!

Of course food and drink is very expensive in here and inline with the busy tourist parts of the city. 500ml draught beer was 10 euros and this ran out very quickly. There were 330ml cans of Kronenbourg and Carlsberg for sale at 6.50 euros too. Champagne was 90 euros for a bottle. Ice cream was 4 euros and there was food available but did not see the price of this. The queues for the bar were never more than 5 minutes.

The racing was a real treat of course with 6 Group 1 races, the 9 horse card spanned nearly 5 hours though and it was a long old day. It empties out very quickly after the Arc itself though.

Personally I enjoyed the experience but would not rate it on par with either Royal Ascot, Cheltenham, Glorious Goodwood or Newmarket. It was nice though not to have the drunken masses like in the UK who do not care about the racing. Maybe worth another visit when the redevelopment is complete in a few years time.

Visited October 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Group 1 day out at the Arc”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

A great chance to get dressed up and have a day out to see so many group one races all for only 8euros. Unseasonably warm weather (2013) and there is a lot to see as well as the racing. The amount of space for the race-goer compared to English courses is incredible. Some of the food is expensive but then again it is the races and when compared to prices in the the rest of France it was probably ok. Although I did have to turn down the chance to buy a Twix at 2.50! On entrance they were giving out badges and hats were available later on. If you want a day out with some style and to mix with lots of different people then it has to be highly recommended. If you are English then it's worth it to make an effort to dress up even if you go in the cheap entrance - although it's a myth that all continental Europeans/French people have impeccable taste.

Course wise there is plenty of space, not a lot of seating but after the main race it does get easier to find somewhere that is not a step. There is an escalator to the next level which is good if you are easy pleased as it is an outdoor escalator. The toilet queues are long so make sure you time it right. They could do with a spruce up as well so if you get asked make sure you mention anything that could be improved. There are cloakroom areas so if you take a coat and the weather turns out nice it is possible to put it away for the day. The queues for betting are long but they quickly go down and it's well ordered.

We actually managed to get in and out quite easily but obviously that can vary. Give it a go.

Visited October 2013
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“What a treat!”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Everyone gets dressed up and thousands attend for the special race events, it's a real treat to see this event and it seems everyone in Paris thinks so too. Why do I say this, the traffic is an absolute nightmare within 5 miles of the place, it is standstill and inch crawl right up to Gard Nord, so don't take anything but public transport if you want to go to the next race cup days .

Visited August 2012
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