Royal Windsor Racecourse

Welcome to our official guide to Royal Windsor Racecourse.

We explore this great flat racecourse (sat in the shadow of Windsor Castle) in detail, looking at its royal history, the main races, a guide to this unique and quirky track, top local hotel picks, the racing fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather.

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Windsor Racecourse

Overview of Royal Windsor Racecourse

Royal Windsor racecourse is one of only two figure-of-eight courses in the UK, and is situated n 165 acres of stunning Berkshire countryside.

Horse racing, as a pursuit, has been linked with royalty for centuries and is known as the ‘Sport of Kings’. In keeping with this, racing at Windsor racecourse takes place just a short distance from Windsor Castle and is often frequented by members of the British Royal Family.

The course is located on the bank of the River Thames, sitting on a large island between the Thames Channel and the Clewer Mill Stream backwater passage.

Now a course for flat racing only (it used to host jumps as well), it is the only figure-of-eight flat course in the UK, as the one other, at Fontwell Park, is a national hunt track. As a course shaped as it is, Windsor racecourse is neither primarily left-handed or right – it is both!

Royal Windsor racecourse hosts five notable races a year but is an events venue in its own right, and hosts conferences, business meetings, wedding, occasions and music gigs.

The course’s extensive outdoor spaces in picturesque settings suit a variety of large trade shows, including car shows and festivals, and is unrivalled in the area as a photography spot for special occasions.

A quirky track, it only suits a certain type of horse and can throw off even the most experienced of racers if they’ve not run here before. The home straight is about five furlongs long, with a slight kink in the track three furlongs out. The bends are tight, and due to the layout of the track, the longest race it can accommodate is 1 mile 3 furlongs.

Alongside events, Royal Windsor Racecourse is used extensively for filming for TV and films; primarily due to its size and ability to accommodate large crews and sets.

It remains an extremely popular venue year-round – from both die-hard racing fans and those just hoping for a glimpse of royalty.

Royal Windsor Racecourse History

Windsor Great Park was ringfenced and preserved as a royal hunting ground 700 years ago, and when you visit and see the surroundings, it’s easy to understand why it’s been so enjoyed by royalty for so long.

Racing was recorded back at the site as long ago as 1600, and in the 18th Century, it was the home to the Egham Meeting: then more important than Royal Ascot.

Throughout the 1800s, the popularity in steeplechase racing rose and the course became a favourite amongst military and hosted professional racing meetings.

Windsor found its niche in not competing with the now more popular Ascot racecourse instead, it boasts a smaller and more relaxed atmosphere with its Monday night racing hugely popular throughout the summer.

It is a course hot on emerging horse talent where top trainers love to send their horses to “learn their trade”.

In 1923, before photo-finish cameras, one camera there managed to catch a triple ‘dead heat’ and the image remains a historical feat.

Three years later, Prime Minister Winston Churchill introduced a betting tax, and the independent bookmakers at Windsor refused to take bets from punters: going on strike. It wasn’t believed at the time that this would have any tangible impact, but it worked and the tax was withdrawn. Churchill even went on to buy and train horses!

During World War II, Windsor was the only course in the UK not to close – in fact, one ‘doodlebug’ bomb dropped on the course during racing! Thankfully, no lives were lost.

In 1998, Windsor finally curbed its national hunt racing in order to better preserve the track for flat. It was a well-advised move, and the course continues to boast world-class racing today.

Main Races and Events at Royal Windsor Racecourse

The main race to take place annually at Windsor Racecourse is the Royal Windsor Stakes, scheduled in May each year and run over 1 mile and 31 yards, it is a race for colts and geldings aged three years and over.

First run in the year 2000, it’s a fairly new event and has been abandoned three times in its history since, so isn’t quite yet at its 20-year anniversary!

The racing calendar is far from full at Windsor, as the venue is used for so much else, but you can also attend the Leisure Stakes, Midsummer Stakes, August Stakes and Winter Hill Stakes here.

Royal Windsor Racecourse Map

Below is a map of Windsor racecourse:

Windsor Racecourse Map
Courtesy of At The Races.

Royal Windsor racecourse is a unique flat track that forms a figure of eight, meaning that in certain races horses have to travel both left and right-handed.

The maximum race length held at the track is over 1m 3 furlongs.

Races up to 6 furlongs take place over the straight track. Although the home-straight is 5 furlongs it is generally considered to be a sharp track, suiting more speedy types.

Windsor Racecourse Address

The official address for Royal Windsor racecourse is:

Windsor Racecourse
Maidenhead Road

How To Get To Windsor Racecourse

The most popular ways to get to Windsor racecourse are:

  • On Foot – the course is just a mile and a half from Windsor town centre, the racecourse is easily accessible and well signposted by road.
  • Train – the nearest train station is Windsor and Eton Central, and taxis wait outside.
  • By Boat – as a racecourse situated on an island, it’s not unusual to attend by boat. Direct river taxi services run on-demand from the Barry Avenue Promenade and it is a unique and charming way to travel. A trip along the River Thames to the venue is enjoyed by many.
  • By Car – there is plenty of car parking spaces, the details for your sat nav are – Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Berkshire sl4 5jj

Hotels Near Royal Windsor Racecourse

You won’t be surprised to hear that the accommodation options in Windsor are somewhat upper class but are definitely worth a visit for a special treat.

Notable hotels include:

  • The Sir Christopher Wren Spa
  • The Clarion Collection Harte
  • Garter Hotel
  • MGallery Castle Hotel

There is also a Travelodge in Windsor town centre, but it gets booked up far in advance.

Whichever option you go for, we suggest booking through as below, as they often have some deals on:

Betting at Windsor Racecourse

There are lots of options when looking to place a bet at Windsor, the most popular are the below:

Online Betting

With 3G, 4G and on course Wifi excellent as you would expect, online betting sites or betting via mobile apps is a popular choice with punters at Windsor.

If you don’t already have an online betting account then check out the awesome online betting websites below: 

At British Racecourses, we often recommend betting online and via apps. This is because you can often get the best odds and great offers when signing up.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals for new customers:

  • Betfred Horse Racing

    Betfred Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £60 IN BONUSES
    Great bonuses, odds, deals and customer service make them one of the leading horse betting sites year after year.

    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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  • Parimatch Horse Racing

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    One of the new horse racing betting sites around, Parimatch is also one of the best online bookies in the UK. Increasingly popular for all sports betting.

    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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  • William Hill Horse Racing

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    BET £10 GET £30 IN FREE BETS
    One of the best horse racing bookies in the UK. William Hill are one of our favourites here at British Racecourses.

    18+. Play Safe. From 00:01 on 13.04.2022. £30 bonus. New customers only. Minimum £10 stake on odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater on sportsbook. Further terms apply. #ad

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  • 888 Horse Racing

    888 Horse Racing
    Regularly voted one of the UK’s best bookies and betting sites, we love the easy-to-use website, best odds, live streaming and variety of sports offered.

    Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets are credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes are not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days, wins are capped at £/€/$500 • To withdraw bonus/related wins, you must wager the bonus amount up to 40 times its value within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Casino Bonus can be used on selected games in casino only • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods & countries.

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  • Ladbrokes Horse Racing

    Ladbrokes Horse Racing
    Ladbrokes is firmly established as one of the best horse racing betting sites. If you are looking for a new betting platform or betting app, they are a great choice.

    18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions apply.

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  • BetVictor Horse Racing

    Betvictor Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £40
    Punters love the BetVictor betting site rating it one of the top horse racing betting sites for a whole range of reasons, including BOG, live streaming, tips and more.

    18+ New customers only. Opt in and place a £10 qualifying bet on Horse Racing at odds of 2.00+ within 7 days of registering; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 3x £10 Horse Racing Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00+. 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, see below. Please Gamble Responsibly.

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  • Unibet Horse Racing

    Unibet Horse Racing Logo
    One of the more new horse racing betting sites UK-wide, Unibet is gathering a lot of new punters and fans, who enjoy its easy-to-use website.

    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.

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  • Coral Horse Racing

    Coral Horse Racing
    Coral is one of the most established and oldest of all UK bookmakers. They have stood the test of time and are of the best online bookmakers you can choose from.

    18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 1x £20 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions apply. 

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  • Mr Play Sport

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    Looking for a betting website with a different and modern approach? This leading betting site is gaining fans across the UK, check them out today to find out more.

    18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit: £10, max £15 bonus, valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at a min. odds of 1/1 (2.00) or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. System bets no eligible.

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  • Grosvenor Horse Racing

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    New in the world of best sporting betting websites, Grosvenor is quickly gaining a good reputation as one of the best online bookies around.

    New Customer Offer. T&Cs Apply. 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly.

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  • Betway Horse Racing

    Betway Sports
    Betway is another one which made the best online bookie list thanks to a range of sports, great odds, customer service and slick betting app interface.

    New customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Debit Card deposits only. Deposit method restrictions apply. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered.18+. Bet The Responsible Way.

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On-course Betting at Windsor

As well as more the modern method of online betting, you can still bet with traditional independent bookies on site.

Betting facilities are available in every enclosure at Royal Windsor Racecourse, at the side of the track (by the rails in the various enclosures).

There are also various betting kiosks and Tote betting options, should you fancy a Placepot or Quadpot.

It’s always worth a “bet on the rails” and is all part of the experience of going to the races.

Betting Shops Local to Windsor Racecourse

There are limited options should you wish to have a flutter away from the venue.

Windsor town centre only has a branch of Coral, but a short walk away you can find a William Hill. Neither are particularly popular or well-attended, however, so you may prefer to look online for competitive odds… or just wait until you arrive.

2022 Royal Windsor Racing Fixtures

Monday night racing is always popular throughout the summer, check out the 2022 fixture dates below:

  • 4th April 2022
  • 11th April
  • 25th April
  • 2nd May
  • 9th May
  • 16th May
  • 23rd May
  • 30th May
  • 6th June 2022
  • 13th June
  • 20th June
  • 25th June 2022
  • 26th June
  • 27th June
  • 11th July
  • 18th July
  • 25th July
  • 1st August 2022
  • 7th August
  • 8th August
  • 15th August
  • 27th August 2022
  • 1st September
  • 3rd October 2022
  • 10th October
  • 17th October

Windsor Racecard

The racecards for Pontefract races will be released the day before the races are set to happen. You can view full racecards in advance, check out  – tomorrow’s horse racing meetings and today’s horse racing meetings. In these, you will get an advance look at all the runners, trainers, form and riders.

You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information. Many like to keep these as souvenirs, especially from big horse racing events.

Windsor Racecourse Weather

Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions.

Here’s the current weather forecast for Windsor Racecourse:


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Other Events at Windsor Racecourse

The majority of occasions and events held at Windsor Racecourse are private attendance only, but there are some dates in the diary to which the public are invited.

These include a variety of charity fundraisers as well as a ‘Sounds of Ibiza’ festival run by notable nightclub group the Ministry of Sound, and annual jazz nights held in conjunction with Ronnie Scott’s.

As the course is the shadow of Windsor castle and set in the stunning Berkshire countryside it is popular for a wide range of events.

Windsor Races

Popular Questions

What is the dress code for Windsor races?

The course operate a smart dress code.

Smart jeans are allowed as are tailored shorts.

Men are asked to wear a collared shirt, whilst t-shirts, sports attire, cargo style shorts and trainers are not permitted.

Can you take a picnic to Windsor Racecourse?

You can’t take a picnic inside the main racecourse but there are lots of excellent great food outlets.

How far is Windsor racecourse from Windsor train station?

The nearest train station is Windsor and Eton Central, and taxis wait outside.

It is about a 20-minute walk or 5-10 mins in a taxi.

What is the postcode of Windsor Racecourse?

The full address and postcode is:

Windsor Racecourse
Maidenhead Road

Royal Windsor Racecourse Summary

Royal Windsor Racecourse is a beautiful and unique course in the shadow of Windsor Castle and set in 165 acres of stunning and beautiful English countryside.

A small and compact layout means you always feel close to the action, with the pre-parade, parade and course all close together.

Hosting a range of summer evening meetings it’s easy to see why it is so popular with many people attending from London after a days work – often travelling by boat along the River Thames!

With great food options, friendly staff and a possible glimpse of the Royals – it’s a five-star course with a very English charm.

It made our Top 10 of racecourses and is highly recommended.

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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.