Ascot Racecourse

Welcome to our official guide to Ascot racecourse.

We explore this Royal racecourse in detail, looking at its history, the main Royal Ascot meeting, a guide to the track, the major races and fixtures held throughout the year, top local hotel picks, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!

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Ascot Racecourse

Overview of Ascot Racecourse

A name associated heavily with the British Royal family, Ascot Racecourse holds a prestige that arguably no other racecourse in the world can match. It hosts 13 of the country’s 36 annual Group 1 horse races and is located just 6 miles from Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

Ascot is owned by an independent firm, Ascot Racecourse Ltd, but was founded by Queen Anne in the 1700s; hence its close association with the Royals.

Currently, Ascot stages race meetings over 26 days of the year, made up of 18 flat racing meetings between May and October and jump racing through the winter months.

Undoubtedly, the Royal meeting (Royal Ascot), held over 5 days in June, is considered ‘the main event’ for the course with high-class racing and a Royal procession down the centre of the course before racing begins.

The stunning Ascot racecourse covers 179 acres of land in beautiful rural Berkshire and is leased on Royal land. As well as the racecourse it is also home to Royal Ascot Cricket Club and Ascot United.

Ascot operates several sustainability measures to work in as ‘green’ a way as possible, including reservoirs in the middle of the track collecting rainwater to cleanse and re-use. Eco-friendly initiatives are being added to the site constantly.

Ascot racecourse is constantly undergoing renovation and development work to ensure its high standards, and the most recent major project completed was the New Ascot Grandstand, which her Majesty the Queen opened in 2006 after a £220m development that took 18 months and was the biggest investment made in British racing history.

Aside from the horse racing events, the restaurants on-site are of outstanding quality and open year-round, boasting 5 Michelin stars and 13 AA rosettes between them!

Ascot Racecourse History

Ascot racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, with the first race, ‘Her Majesty’s Plate’ running in August of that year. The first race prize money was just 100 guineas and seven horses competed. However, Ascot was not to remain entirely just royal for long.

In 1813, Parliament passed an Act to ensure the racecourse would remain public – even though it sat on royal land – as part of Windsor Park.

The racecourse made headlines around the globe with the completion of a major grandstand in 1839 – which cost £10,000 to build (a huge amount at the time!)

A century later in 1913, another Parliamentary Act was passed, and this allowed the racecourse to rest in private ownership: establishing the Ascot Authority, which still oversees activities at the course to this day.

Whilst further redevelopment took place throughout the years, the most major, in 2004 closed the course entirely.

The New Ascot Redevelopment cost £185 million and meant that the course had to be closed for a full 18 months however the results have been brilliant.

Ascot racecourse continues to grow and attract new events and races and shows no signs of slowing its growth and popularity.

The Main Ascot Races and The Royal Ascot Meeting

Ascot Racecourse hosts a number of meetings throughout the year (both flat racing and national hunt) with major races in both disciplines.

The main races include the King George, Ascot Chase, Shergar Cup, Clarence House Chase, Long Walk Hurdle and the British Champions Day season finale.

The centrepiece of Ascot’s calendar is, however, without doubt, Royal Ascot, which began in 1911 and has grown year-on-year to now welcome a whopping 300,000 racegoers across the five days.

Members of the Royal Family attend every year, and the Royal Enclosure is well-renowned for its celebrity and upper-class attendance (other areas include the Village Enclosure, Windsor Enclosure and Queen Anne Enclosure).

There are 18 horse races on across Royal Ascot and at least one Group 1 race daily.

All of the races at Royal Ascot are fiercely contested, carrying a huge amount of prestige.

The most attended day of Royal Ascot is the Gold Cup, which always takes place on Ladies Day on the Thursday of that week.

The prize money for Royal Ascot is the highest in the world and has exceeded £7million, the main races at Royal Ascot over the five days include:

Ascot Racecourse Map

Below are the two maps of the famous Ascot racecourse, the flat and jumps:

Ascot Racecourse Map

The flat racing course, shown above, is a right-handed triangular-shaped, galloping and stiff track.

It has a steep climb out of Swinley Bottom from the back-straight. Per lap measures just over 1mile 6 furlongs on the round course, with 2 and a 1/2f furlong run-in.

There is both a straight mile and also around mile course.

All races run between 5 furlongs and 7 furlongs are run on the straight course.

Ascot Jumps Track

Jump racing takes place on the above course – on the round course.

The fences are known for being stiff and they take some jumping.

Jump winners at Ascot tend to be good jumpers with good reserves of stamina, particularly when the course is riding on the easy and soft side.

2022 Ascot Racecourse Fixtures

Here are the current fixtures for Ascot racecourse in 2022:

  • SBK Clarence House Chase Raceday – 22nd January 2022
  • Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday – 19th February
  • Spring Family Raceday – 27th March
  • Royal Ascot Trials Day – 27th April 2022
  • May Raceday Weekend – Friday 6th May
  • Victoria Cup Day – Saturday 7th May 2022
  • Royal Ascot – 14th June – 18th June

The above are the current Ascot race dates.

Ascot Racecourse Address

The official address of Ascot racecourse is:

Ascot Racecourse
High St
Phone: 0344 346 3000

How To Get To Ascot Racecourse

The most popular ways to get to Ascot racecourse are the below:

  • By Car – there are more than 8,000 parking spaces at Ascot racecourse (suitable for cars shorter than limousines!) but it usually does require advance booking.
  • By Rail – South Western Railways run frequent services to Ascot with increased voracity during major events. It’s less than an hour’s journey from Waterloo and less than half from Reading.
  • By Bus and Coach – a variety of bus and coach services operate direct to Ascot racecourse, but services vary depending on the time of year.
  • By Air – over 400 helicopters and 1,000 limos attended Royal Ascot this year, so although well linked by public transport, it’s not for everyone!
  • By Royal Procession – if you are looking enough to be a member of the Royal Family on your way to the Royal Enclosure!

Tickets for Ascot Races

Tickets for the racing at Ascot are always hugely popular. If you are looking to purchase Village enclosure tickets, Queen Anne enclosure tickets or Windsor enclosure tickets we always recommend doing this in advance as they can sell out well in advance.

We always advise buying directly through their website.

Hotels Near Ascot Racecourse

Despite being such a large draw to the area, there aren’t lots of hotel options for Ascot; because most people return home due to its brilliant transport links. However, there are some great choices if you’re booking in advance, which is advised in you are booking for the Royal meeting and also Champions Day.

The Premier Inn Bagshot Hotel is a brilliant budget option just 20 mins away with rooms starting from just £34; but if you’re looking for something more… royal, then consider the Macdonald Berystede Hotel and Spa – they’ll even put on a shuttle to get you to the course on race days.

Whichever option you go for, we suggest booking through as below which always have some great deals:

Ascot Betting Guide

Attending Ascot doesn’t mean you have to wager a bet, but it’s all part of the experience of the race day for many racegoers.

If you are betting on the 2022 Royal Ascot Festival you should check out all the major brands’ Royal Ascot Free Bets bonuses in September 2022.

When attending Ascot, there are lots of betting choices for you, let’s race in and take a look:

Online Betting when at Acot

With good wifi and 4G cell connections, online betting is very popular with those who attend the course. 

When looking for some online and mobile betting options, check out our comprehensive guides below:

Local Betting Shops to Ascot

Here are the local betting shops nearest to Ascot Racecourse:

On Course Bookmakers at Ascot Racecourse

In front of the Grandstand, there are several rows of individual independent bookies, all clearly showing the betting odds offered on all horses for each race.
These bookies at Ascot make the experience even more special; so be sure to nip down and place your bets, everybody can have a flutter and they’ll take most amounts – big and small.

We also recommend having a nosy at the horses while they wander around the Parade Ring before betting because you just might spot the winner or something that takes your eye.

Royal Ascot

Ascot Racecard and Ascot Tips

The racecards for Ascot races are released the day before the races take place, find out where to view racecards here – tomorrow’s racecards and today’s racecards. In these you will get an advance look at all the runners and riders, some people like to do this and select their horses before getting to the track.

Ascot Racecourse Weather

Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, especially for Royal Ascot, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable.

Here’s the current weather forecast for Ascot racecourse:


What Are The Best Online Ascot Betting Sites?

If you are looking to bet online when going to Ascot races we recommend the following bookies we have some great deals at the moment:

  • bet365 Royal Ascot Offer

    Bet365 Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £50 IN FREE BETS
    New customers for Royal Ascot at bet365 can claim the Bet of £10 & Get £50 Free Bets sign-up offer. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits for Royal Ascot Festival

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  • Betfred Royal Ascot Offer

    Betfred Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £60 IN BONUSES
    The bet 10 get 60 pounds in betting bonuses is a popular 2022 Royal Ascot offer for new punters looking to wager on the Royal Ascot Festival races

    New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required.

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  • William Hill Royal Ascot Offer

    William Hill Horse Racing Logo
    BET £10 GET £30 IN FREE BETS
    William Hill’s latest promo is bet £10 get £30 in free bets, an excellent bookies offer for the big races at The Royal Ascot 2022

    New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.

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  • Unibet Royal Ascot Offer

    Unibet Horse Racing Logo
    The new sign up offer from Unibet is one of the best new promotions to take advantage of for The Royal Ascot Festival in 2022, bet £10 to receive £40 in free bets

    18+ New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first racing bet loses. Wagering: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Sports bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Full T&Cs apply. #AD

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  • Betfair Royal Ascot Offer

    Betfair Horse Racing
    GET A £30 FREE BET
    Betfair’s free bet bonus is one to take a look at for The 2022 Royal Ascot, offering a totally free £30 bet, available to use for both the Betfair exchange and sportsbook

    New customers place £50 worth of bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100. Min odds 1.2 (1/5). Multiple bets included. Exchange bets excluded. Payment restrictions apply.

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  • 888sport Royal Ascot Offer

    888 Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £30
    With their latest promo, 888 sport’s offer gets new customers 30 pounds when they bet 10, making it a great bonus to make the most of for the races

    New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F – A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market – Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) – Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days – Free bet stakes not included in returns – Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply.

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  • BetVictor Royal Ascot Offer

    Betvictor Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £40
    One of the best sign up offers for Royal Ascot, this BetVictor promo of bet 10 get 40 is perfect for new customers wanting to place a bet on the horses

    18+ New customers only. Deposit, opt in and place a £10 qualifying bet on Horse Racing at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 3x £10 Horse Racing Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater. Plus, a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw a max of £250. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.

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  • Coral Royal Ascot Offer

    Coral Sports Logo
    Coral’s newest sign up deal for Royal Ascot is for the value of 20 pounds in free bets, a betting offer that’s perfect for those wanting a bet on the big races

    18+ Eligible UK+IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions + T&Cs apply.

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  • Ladbrokes Royal Ascot Offer

    Ladbrokes Horse Racing
    This bookmakers new promotion is ideal for the horse racing, proving 20 pounds in free bets when you place 5 as a new customer, perfect for The Royal Ascot!

    18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.

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  • Parimatch Royal Ascot Offer

    Parimatch Logo
    Parimatch have a new welcome offer of £30 in free bets when you bet £5, which is a great promo to make the most of for The Royal Ascot

    18+ New Customers opt in, deposit and bet £5 at odds 2.00+ on Horse Racing within 7 days of registration; excludes cashed out bets. Get 3x £10 Free Bets, set events only at odds 2.00+. Free Bets expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. | | Please gamble responsibly

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  • Paddy Power Royal Ascot Offer

    Paddy Power Sports Logo
    Paddy Power are known for their terrific betting offers, and their latest promotion gives customers 10 pound back as cash if the bet doesn’t win!

    New Customer Offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £10. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion.
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  • Betway Royal Ascot Offer

    Betway Sports
    For a brilliant new customer offer for the horse racing, betway’s up to £10 in free bets is an excellent choice

    New UK customers only. £10 Min Deposit. 100% matched free bet on your first deposit of £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bets. Debit Card deposits only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+. Bet The Responsible Way.

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Popular Questions

What is the best enclosure at Ascot?

The best enclosure at Ascot is of course the Royal Enclosure.

However, It’s all down to personal preference but there are four different enclosures to choose from.

Within these enclosures, race-goers can view all of the action and experience the brilliant atmosphere, including of course the famous Royal procession down the centre of the course.

Can anyone go to Royal Ascot?

Anyone can go to Ascot. It is an event open to the public, although only members are permitted in the the Royal Enclosure.

The Queen Anne Enclosure, Village Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure are open to the general public but we recommend booking in advance.

What is the main race at Royal Ascot?

The main races at Royal Ascot are the King’s Stand Stakes, St James’s Palace Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Commonwealth Cup, Gold Cup, Queen Anne, Coronation Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Ascot Racecourse Guide Summary

Ascot is a racecourse like no other, with the Royal racecourse playing host to Royal Ascot over a brilliant 5 days (attended yearly by the Royal family who reside in the elite Royal Enclosure).

It also hosts British Champions Day and top-class jump racing throughout the winter months.

With huge prize money and more Group 1 races than any other racecourse, all sat within close proximity to Windsor Castle, it is a jewel in the crown of a nation and the racing world.

Top races include the King George VI, St James Palace, The Gold Cup and King’s Stand Stakes, to name a few. Whilst the royal turf has seen wins for top-class horses across both codes grace its grass from superstar flat champion Frankel to the electric jumper Kauto Star.

A stunning course, fantastic facilities and steeped in history, Ascot is the best British racecourse, whether you are attending the splendid Royal Ascot or a chilly winter jumps meeting, and indeed we believe the best racecourse in the world.

A must visit racecourse and a British Racecourse Guide top pick and one of our Top Ten Racecourses.

Other Racecourses in the United Kingdom & Ireland

Our team as of September 2022 have reviewed the following other racecourses:

As the Founder of British Racecourses, I have a life-long passion for horse racing and have loved the sport as long as I can remember. I am also a keen racehorse owner and have worked in the gambling industry for several years. I set up British Racecourses with the desire to share my passion for racing with other like-minded people.