ASCOT RACECOURSE Berkshire
Home of Royal Ascot & British Champions Day
Ascot Racecourse is famous as a world-class racecourse, conference and sporting venue. Located 6 miles from Windsor, Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and is still in Royal ownership today.
Up until 1945, the only racing that took place at Ascot Racecourse was the Royal Ascot meeting, but since 1945 many more racing fixtures including major races like the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes are run at Ascot Racecourse.
When they’re not playing host to Royal Ascot in June, Ascot Racecourse has a full racing fixtures calendar, including the Qipco British Champions Day + supporting entertainment attracting a wide audience; from occasional racegoers on a fun day out, to serious racing aficionados.
Ascot Racecourse however is best known for Royal Ascot, which Her Majesty The Queen attends every day. One of the highlights of this truly unmissable royal race meeting is the Royal Procession with HM The Queen in an open carriage making its way from the Golden Gates along the racecourse and into the Parade Ring at 2.00pm each day.
Royal Ascot Week
Royal Ascot: Highlight of the Summer Flat Racing Season at Ascot Racecourse. Royal Ascot has it all! Pageantry, fashion and style + top-class horse racing. Nowhere does it quite so well as Ascot Racecourse during Royal Ascot week.
Royal Ascot is horse racing’s most prestigious Flat Race meeting, attracting some of the best horses & jockeys from around the world and is famous for its place in the Summer racing and social calendar.
Each day of the 5-Day Royal Ascot race meeting contains at least one feature race, with no fewer than 17 Group Races, 3 of which Group 1 Ascot races kick-start the opening day.Racing highlights include the Golden Jubilee Stakes, the Queen Anne Stakes and the Gold Cup.
Home also to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes named after HM Queen Elizabeth II, Ascot Racecourse continually boosts the Royal Ascot race week prize fund. Designed to attract the top race horses from around the world, Royal Ascot prize money now stands at a record $7.5 million.
The Queen loves to go racing and never misses Royal Ascot! As a world-famous racing fixture Royal Ascot also attracts a “who’s who” list of royal and celebrity guests.
Click the video player button to view our Royal Ascot video tour below.
Enclosures & Stands
There are four enclosures to choose from at Ascot Racecourse; all of which put you at the heart of the racing action, each with its own individual character. Membership to the Royal Enclosure is by invitation only. However, Fine Dining guests (see Hospitality) can enjoy its privileges with a complimentary day guest badge. Whichever enclosure you choose, you will have access to delicious food and drink, from fine dining and hospitality to on-the-go food outlets around the Racecourse.
QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE (formerly Grandstand)
Queen Anne Enclosure tickets give you access to excellent facilities and entertainment, including military bands and a traditional sing-along after racing each day. The Queen Anne Enclosure, with it’s lawns and terraces, provides first-rate views of the racing, especially the final few furlongs. Here you will be close to Pre-Parade and Parade Ring runners and riders, and in the front row as the Royal Procession passes by the Queen Anne Enclosure lawns, putting you at the heart of each race day’s activity. The Queen Anne Enclosure has a large number of bars and restaurants including the Goldikova Bar and Wood Fired Pizza Company in the Grandstand. Queen Anne Enclosure ticket holders have access to the entire ground floor of the Grandstand + the lawns with its bars, restaurants, bandstand and betting facilities. The lawns are where Ascot Racecourse hosts unique entertainment and fairground rides, and are great for picnics and socialising.
VILLAGE ENCLOSURE (new for 2017)
The Village Enclosure offers great view of the Royal Procession during Royal Ascot week. It’s also a prime position from which to watch the horses thundering towards the winning post, with some of the best views of the racing in the house. During the Summer Flat racing season, be it Qipco British Champions Day or during Royal Ascot, the Village Enclosure transforms into an informal boutique dining and entertainment experience, with a range of places to eat and drink including on-the-go stalls, sit-down casual dining, plus a range of bars with seating areas. The Village Enclosure is a perfect space for a group of friends to enjoying a great day’s racing coupled with an exclusive after party to continue the fun of the day, with a live band, DJ and bars and food stalls to enjoy until 9pm. Hospitality options and upgrades in the Village Enclosure include The Village Restaurant, Villiers in the Village and Gazebos in the Village, the latter offer a private entertaining space for groups up to 16 guests.
WINDSOR ENCLOSURE (formerly Silver Ring)
Windsor Enclosure tickets are the cheapest tickets. There is no formal dress code, so it’s a great way to catch all the racing action on a budget. Windsor Enclosure ticket holders enjoy close-up views of the Royal Procession as it journeys past the stylish lawns of the Windsor Enclosure. The Windsor Enclosure takes you to within metres of the world’s finest horses as they sprint down the straight mile. This is the enclosure the horses past first on their way down the home straight when racing begins where the roar of the crowd gathers pace, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. The Windsor Enclosure atmosphere is vibrant, with betting facilities, street-food, Artisan food stalls, Champagne and Pimm’s bars, picnics on the lawn and live entertainment into the early evening during Royal Ascot week from Thursday to Saturday. Racegoers are welcome to bring their own picnics into the Windsor Enclosure.
ROYAL ENCLOSURE (formerly Premier Admission)
Membership to the Royal Enclosure is by invitation only and during Royal Ascot is restricted to those who have been sponsored for membership. Overseas visitors may also apply to their embassy or high commission for badges. However, Fine Dining guests (see Hospitality) can enjoy its privileges with a complimentary day guest badge. But as a Queen Anne, Village or Windsor Enclosure ticket holder you can still enhance your Royal Ascot experience with viewing upgrades, private marquees, fine dining and more.
Ascot Racecourse has a selection of upgrades available to suit all tastes and enhance your Royal Ascot experience with viewing upgrades, private marquees, fine dining and more including:
- Fine Dining
- Private Boxes
- Furlong Club
- Gazebos in the Village
- Afternoon Tea
- Helicopter Arrivals
- Royal Ascot Express
- Villiers Club
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Royal Ascot Upgrades & Hospitality
FINE DINING – ROYAL & QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURES
Fine Dining at Royal Ascot in a choice of 12 restaurants in beautifully dressed surroundings in the Royal Enclosure and Queen Anne Enclosures, with both Michelin-starred and à la carte menus , makes an exciting occasion even more memorable.
- Parade Ring Restaurant – Royal Enclosure
- Windsor Forest Restaurant – Royal Enclosure
- Panoramic Restaurant – Royal Enclosure
- Trackside Restaurant – Royal Enclosure
- On 5 Restaurant – Queen Anne Enclosure
- Royal Ascot Village Restaurant – Queen Anne Enclosure
- Pavilion Restaurant – Queen Anne Enclosure
- The Wyndham Club Restaurant – Queen Anne Enclosure
- The Old Paddock Restaurant – Queen Anne Enclosure
- Lawn Club Restaurant – Queen Anne Enclossure
- Sandringham Restaurant – Queen Anne Enclosure
- Carriages Restaurant – Queen Anne Enclosure
PRIVATE DINING – QUEEN ANNE ROOMS
The elegant, historic and spacious Queen Anne Rooms are located adjacent to the Plaza Lawns and just 100 metres from the Parade Ring and Grandstand. This exquisite private dining setting is perfect for groups between 20 and 40 guests. Minimum bookings of 14 people subject to availability.
THE FURLONG CLUB – QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE UPGRADE
The Furlong Club is the perfect upgrade for Queen Anne Enclosure ticket holders to enjoy a more luxurious racing experience at Royal Ascot. This upgrade includes a private bar and lounge area coupled with seating and views of the track from the one furlong pole in an exclusive setting with private decked terrace and bespoke marquee. Limited numbers ensure uninterrupted views of the finishing straight. A stylish bar area serves hot and cold food throughout the day to purchase. Just a short stroll from the Parade Ring, Winners’ Enclosure and Bandstand, guests can also enjoy all the facilities of the Queen Enclosure Grandstand. Packages include seating, private decked terrace, extensive pay bar, TV’s screening racing coverage, complimentary racecard, betting couriers and a racing tipster.
SILKS LAWN PRIVATE GAZEBOS – QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE UPGRADE
Silks Lawn private gazebos located only yards from the track provide an exclusive Queen Anne Enclosure upgrade experience where Groups of up to 50 guests attending Royal Ascot can relax in their own private, sophisticated area. Surrounded by picket fencing with a dedicated pay bar, betting facilities, racecards and garden furniture directly overlooking the finishing straight, Silks Lawn is the perfect place to view the Royal Procession and the thrilling racing action. Food packages are available at additional cost.
VILLIERS CLUB – VILLAGE ENCLOSURE UPGRADE
Situated on the Heath side of the track, opposite the Grandstand, The Villiers Club in the Village offers the perfect setting for a completely unique experience with a ‘club’ feel at Royal Ascot. Villiers is close to the racing action, next to the home straight, with informal “on-the-go” two-course tapas style lunch, cash bar with luxurious cocktails and afternoon tea in a spacious and relaxed environment with a private viewing area next to the home straight ￼and live music throughout the day.
VILLAGE ENCLOSURE PRIVATE GAZEBOS
A suite of private marquees located in the middle of the track provide an exclusive Village Enclosure upgrade experience for groups of up to 16 guests with their own picket-fenced gardens right at the heart of the trackside excitement. Village Gazebos provide the perfect enhancement to your Royal Ascot experience where you may bring your own picnic and beverages into your gazebo for the duration of the day. Your enclosed garden comes complete with garden furniture overlooking the final furlong and providing excellent views of the Royal Procession and racing action. Betting facilities and a cash bar is located closeby. Double lawns may be booked for larger groups, subject to availability.
Ascot Racecourse - A World-Class Racetrack
FLAT: The Flat course is a triangular right-hand galloping track with easy turns and a home straight of 2 1/2f.
JUMPS: The Jumps course is a triangular right-hand galloping track with 10 tough fences and 6 hurdles per circuit. A stiff uphill run-in of 240yds means good jumping ability and stamina are essential.
Map & Contact Details
|Address:||Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berks, SL5 7JX|
|Road:||Ascot Racecourse is located 36 miles from London (a 50 minute drive), and 15 miles from Reading, near the junction between the A329 and A330. Access from M3 (Junc 3) and M4 (Junc 6)|
|Rail:||Frequent service from Waterloo to Ascot, station adjoins course|
|Parking:||No’s 1,2 & 3 £5, rest free|