Ascot Racecourse

Address:
Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01344 878501

Ascot racecourse is one of the most prestigious and famous courses in the world, and it is well known for being closely associated with the Royal Family, with Windsor Castle located just over six miles down the road.

Ascot is most famous for its five-day annual Royal Ascot event, held in the third week of June, which is regularly attended by Queen Elizabeth II and various other members of the Royal Family.

Royal Ascot is one of the biggest social events of the year, with the press coverage of celebrity attendees and what they are wearing often eclipsing that of the actual racing. Over the course of a calendar year, Ascot features both flat and national hunt races, with the British Champions Day being one of the most popular events held there alongside Royal Ascot.

Access to Ascot couldn’t be easier, with motorway access from all directions and Ascot station less than an hour away from Central London. During Royal Ascot days the course can withstand a capacity of up to 70,000 people, which is due to the redevelopment of the grandstand, which took place during the course’s two year revamping from the end of 2004. Queen Elizabeth II opened the new and improved grandstand in June 2006.

Ticket Prices

For general race days at Ascot, grandstand admission starts from as little as £15 depending on the event, with generous discounts for group bookings as well as free entry for under 18s accompanied by a full paying adult at all events. There are increased prices for customers wanting premier admission or access to the Royal Enclosure, whilst grandstand admission for Royal Ascot starts from £55, with Silver Ring tickets available from just £17.

The Course

The course at Ascot is a right-handed galloping track, coming in at slightly over 1m6f in length with an 8f final straight. Ascot is famously known for its brutally challenging and tough uphill finish, with the lowest to highest point around the triangular shaped course measuring a gruelling 73-foot climb. It is one of the most famous racecourses in the world, so has rightly been awarded a Grade 1 status, and the entire Ascot ground, which is owned by the Queen herself, covers an impressive 179 acres of land.

The longest race at Ascot, which is also the longest flat race in Britain, is the Queen Alexandra Stakes, which spans a distance of 2m5½f and is scheduled to take place in June each year. There are two slightly different tracks at Ascot to allow for both flat and jumping races throughout the year. Interestingly, the racecourse was used as inspiration for a setting for a scene in famous musical ‘My Fair Lady’, during the song ‘Ascot Gavotte’, as well as being used as a location for filming for two James Bond films ‘A View To Kill’ and ‘Skyfall’.

Major Meetings at Ascot

The two main annual events at Ascot are Royal Ascot and British Champions Day. As an overall meeting, Royal Ascot is the richest event in British racing, however as an individual day British Champions Day is easily the most lucrative, with a total of £3.4 million being awarded in prize money in 2012. It was first started in 2011 and takes place every October as somewhat of an end of season farewell to British flat racing, with Frankel finishing his career there in 2012 with a fine win in the Champion Stakes.

Aside from the two main events, Ascot holds 26 days of racing every year, with 18 flat meetings held between May and October, as well as 9 of the UK’s annual 32 Group 1 races.

Dining and Hospitality

There’s a number of different food and hospitality packages available at Ascot. Fine dining in the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot starts from £250 per head, whereas packages on regular race days start at £80 and Ascot assures customers they will benefit from ‘inventive cuisine and exemplary service.’ Private boxes for Royal Ascot begin at £609 per person for a 12-seated box, whilst regular race days are priced at a slightly more affordable rate of £100 each.

The corporate facilities are available for hire for business events and private functions throughout the year, as Ascot tries to take advantage of their unique reputation and outstanding amenities on non-race days.

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