Ascot Racecourse is a famous English course used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is considered to be one of the UK’s leading courses, hosting 9 of the 32 Group 1 races. It is closely associated with the Royal Family as it is located near Windsor Castle. Today, Ascot Racecourse stages 25 days of racing and is home to the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Map to Ascot Racecourse
Address: High St, Ascot, SL5
Phone: 0870 727 1234
History of Ascot Racecourse
This course was established in 1711 by Queen Anne. The first race, “Her Majesty’s Plate”, was run on 11 August 1711. Seven horses competed, each carrying a 12 stone weight. The winner took home a purse of 100 guineas. In 1813, Parliament passed an act to ensure that the grounds would remain a public racecourse, and in 1913 the Ascot Authority was created to manage the racecourse. This Authority continues to manage the course to this day.
From its establishment until 1945, the only race run at this course was the Royal Meeting, which was a four-day event. Beginning in 1945, many more fixtures were introduced to Ascot Racecourse, including the Steeplechase and hurdles added in 1965.
The racecourse closed down for nearly a year in 2004 to undergo renovations. And though it cost £185 million, people criticised the new grandstand because it does not provide good enough views for patrons. This was rectified in 2006 after another £10 million renovation. It is now considered by many to be one of the top sporting venues in the UK.
Notable Races at Ascot Racecourse
There are plenty of notable races at this course, including the Royal Ascot. It dates back to 1711 and is considered to be one of the world’s most famous race meetings. Some of those and other notable races held at the Ascot Racecourse include:
- Coventry Stakes
- King's Stand Stakes – Group 1
- St James's Palace Stakes – Group 1
- Queen Anne Stakes – Group 1
- Jersey Stakes
- Windsor Forest Stakes
- Prince of Wales' Stakes – Group 1
- Royal Hunt Cup
- Queen Mary Stakes
- Norfolk Stakes
- Ribblesdale Stakes
- Ascot Gold Cup – Group 1
- Albany Stakes
- King Edward VII Stakes
- Coronation Stakes – Group 1
- Queen’s Vase
- Chesham Stakes
- Hardwicke Stakes
- Golden Jubilee Stakes – Group 1
- Wokingham Stakes
- Queen Alexandra Stakes
Other Flat Races
- Sagrao Stakes
- Summer Mile Stakes
- Princess Margaret Stakes
- King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Group 1
- Royal Lodge Stakes
- Fillies' Mile – Group 1
- Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – Group 1
- Cumberland Lodge Stakes
- Diadem Stakes
- Bengough Memorial Stakes
- Cornwallis Stakes
- Autumn Stakes
- UAE President’s Cup
National Hunt Races
How to get to Ascot Racecourse
- From London and the North: M4 Junction 6 onto the A332 Windsor by-pass and follow the signs to Ascot.
- From the West: M4 Junction to the A329(M) signed to Bracknell and follow the signs to Ascot.
- From the South and East: M3 Junction onto the A332 signed to Bracknell and follow the signs to Ascot.
- From the Midlands: M40 southbound, Junction 4. Take the A404 towards the M4 (Junction 8/9). On the M4, head towards Heathrow/London. Leave at Junction 6 and follow A332 Windsor by-pass to Ascot.
- There is a regular service to Ascot from Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 46 minutes from Waterloo. Regular service also runs from Guildford. The railway station is a seven-minute walk from the Ascot Racecourse.
Facilities at Ascot Racecourse
Dining – In addition to private rooms, Ascot Racecourse offers four different restaurants to choose from: Parade Ring, Panoramic Restaurant, Horsewalk, and Brown Jack Restaurant. All four offer first class service and menus along with differing yet equally spectacular views of the racecourse.
Conferences & Events – This top class sporting venue is capable of hosting conferences and several different events. This includes weddings, banquets, seasonal occasions, dinner, dances, midsummer balls, open-air concerts, intimate cabaret, firework spectaculars, exhibitions, seminars, and product launches. The Ascot Pavilion can accommodate up to 1100 people. No matter what the event, Ascot offers a selection of menus and wine lists to choose from as well as state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.