Former Uccle-Boitsfort/Ukkel-Bosvoorde racecourse
Construction of a racecourse on the edge of the Sonian Forest was spearheaded by the Belgian horse-racing promotion body Société d’Encouragement des Races de Chevaux et du Développement des Courses en Belgique. The plans were drawn up by landscape architect Édouard Keilig, who had already designed the Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos. Construction work began in 1875, with the Flemish neo-Renaissance grandstand sitting alongside a smaller eclectic-style stand. In 1900, architect François Kips designed the stables and the weighing building where jockeys’ weight was checked before races. Between 1941 and 1951, the site acquired an entrance gate, counters, a starting tower and halls for punters, designed by architect Paul Breydel. The last race took place in 1995. Owned by the Brussels-Capital Region since 2014, the site was the subject of an ambitious scheme, led by the Region’s Urban Development Corporation, to restore and refurbish its remarkable buildings. The grandstand and small stand, weighing building and judges’ tower were renovated and inaugurated on 14 September 2016. The 32.5-hectare site, which includes 29 buildings, now hosts public and private receptions and events, while walkers and joggers make use of the old track encircling the golf course, which is run by private operator DROH! ME. Since the end of 2020, half of the site has been taken over by Brussels Environment, which intends to make this unique green space a regional centre for nature, education and recreation, as well as Brussels’ second ‘forest gateway’ (along with Rouge-Cloître/Rood Klooster), in accordance with the Sonian Forest Management Plan.
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00 and 16:00 (in French); 14:00 (in Dutch).
Outside this hours, no guided tours.
Concerts and various activities.
Information about the new Master Plan: Sat. & Sun. at 14:00 and 16:00 (provided by Brussels Environment).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Chaussée de La Hulpe/Terhulpsesteenweg 51, Uccle/Ukkel
By reservation only