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Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, Ascot Racecourse is one of the leading racecourses in the UK.  Located only six miles from Windsor Castle, Ascot Racecourse is a perennial favourite of England’s royal family. The racecourse is perhaps most famous for the Royal Ascot. However, the course also hosts 9 of Britain’s 32 Group 1 races. It is surely England’s most important racecourse and the Berkshire track hosts Thoroughbred horse racing all year around. There are two racing seasons: the jumps season and the flat season. This makes for entertaining visits all year around! However, there may be a dress code, depending on what part of the stands you are sitting in and what race you are attending.

The Royal Ascot is Britain’s most well-known horse race, and is one of the high points of the summer social season. It is attended every year by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and many members of the Royal family. More than 500,000 people flock to charming Ascot each year to see Europe’s most well-attended horse competition (and Britain’s most outrageous fashion!). There are 18 races spanning five days in June, giving you ample opportunity to whip out your finest attire and spend the day relaxing on the pristine lawns and celebrating your winnings! If the racing has finished for the day, traverse the grounds to see the idyllic countryside that has featured in several films. See if you can spot where Roger Moore filmed his last James Bond film or re-enact a scene from My Fair Lady!


Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX
Tel: 0844 346 3000
Times: Flat Season – 11.00am (April to October)
Jumps Season – 10.45am (October to April)
Royal Ascot – 10.30am (June)