What is the Ascot Racecourse?
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Find out what is the Ascot Racecourse and directions to go there. Know the schedule of races and how the race track is.

The Ascot Racecourse is one of the most popular racecourses in England. This is because it annually hosts 13 Group 1 horse races and other graded races. This is owned by Ascot Racecourse Ltd. It was opened to the public on August 11, 1711.

Ascot Racecourse in England is at Ascot, Berkshire, England. It is 6 miles or 9.7 kilometers away from Windsor Castle where the British Royal Family lives.

There are five enclosures or private areas where you can enjoy watching the races. These are: Royal Enclosure, King Edward VII Enclosure, Queen Anne Enclosure, Windsor Enclosure, and Village Enclosure.



The Royal Enclosure


The Royal Enclosure is the most private area in the Ascot Racecourse. There are various fine dining restaurants,  bars, and great service. Only members have full access to the areas and facilities they have.

There is also a formal dress code that all members need to follow. Women need to wear a day dress and a hat. There are also rules on length variation of the sleeves and style of the dress. On the other hand, men need to wear a grey morning dress and a top hat.

To be a member of the Royal Enclosure, you need to be invited by a member. They need to have been a part of the club for years in order for the invitation and sponsorship to be valid.

However, you can enjoy the Royal Enclosure even if you do not have a membership to it. This is because you can buy a hospitality day guest badge. This can grant you access to it and to one of its restaurants.



King Edward VII Enclosure

You can enjoy the horse races if you are in the King Edward VII Enclosure. This is because you are in the fourth floor of the Grandstand. There are also various restaurants, bars, and lounges that you can use.

You would still have access to Pre-Parade Ring and Parade Ring. Additionally, you can still enjoy all the facilities and entertainment options in Queen Anne Enclosure.


Queen Anne Enclosure

The Queen Anne Enclosure is one of the most popular enclosures in the Ascot Racecourse. You can watch the races in the Grandstand or on the lawn.

There are various restaurants, food stalls, and bars that you can enjoy while wagering on the races. Additionally, you can have a picnic on the lawn.


Windsor Enclosure

The Windsor Enclosure has a less formal environment than in other private areas. This means that you do not have to wear formal attire in order to watch the races. Additionally, you can have a clearer view of the races.


Village Enclosure

The village enclosure is only open in the last few days of the Royal Ascot races. You can enjoy a more casual experience here than in other areas. There are also pop-up bars, food stalls, and bands that play live music.

Since Ascot Racecourse in England is one of the leading horse racing facilities, you can join various private memberships and clubs. These are:


Annual Private Boxes

Members of the Annual Private Boxes can enjoy the 26 race days including Royal Ascot, King George Weekend, and QIPCO British Champions Day. There are delicious food you can enjoy in the private boxes and great service.

The private boxes vary depending on how many people it can accommodate. The following are the capacities of the boxes: 10, 12, 20, 24, 30, 36, 48 and 72.


Royal Ascot Racing Club

Members of the Royal Ascot Racing Club can enjoy the top table of racing. This includes the five thoroughbred racehorses under the Racing Manager, The Hon. Harry Herbert and Bloodstock Advisor to Her Majesty The Queen, John Warren.

The members of this club will have two metal badges. One is engraved and is for personal use. This means that you cannot transfer or let another person use it. The other badge is a transferable guest badge.

In order to apply for a membership in the Royal Ascot Racing Club, you can contact them at [email protected]. You can also contact them at Tel: 01344 878523 or at their mobile: 07989 163557.

There is also a refundable £500 or approximately ¥68524 payment to join the membership waiting list.


Ironstand Membership

Members of the club enjoy all the races at Ascot Racecourse in the Iron Stand Club Room. It has a £1,200 or approximately ¥164,429 annual membership fee.

If you want to be added to the membership waiting list, you need to contact them at [email protected] or at tel:+44(0)1344878513.


Annual Badgeholders

Members of the Annual Badgeholders has access to the fourth-floor King Edward VII Enclosure for most race days. However, this excludes the Royal Ascot and King George Saturday race days.

Members of this club have exclusive access to the Trackside Room. This is a private ground-floor bar with a balcony close to the Winning Post. There is also a second-floor viewing gallery where you can watch the races.

Additionally, the members can buy tickets for the Queen Anne Enclosure at half price. They also have free access to this enclosure at King George Saturday.

The annual membership fee is £410 or approximately ¥56,180. Members can also buy a transferable metal guest badge.

If you want to know how you can be a member of this club, you can contact them at [email protected] or at tel:+44(0)1344878513. The club also has a brochure and an online application form that you can check on their site.



The STAR Card is a free membership that 18 to 24-year-olds can enjoy. They can purchase almost all race day tickets at half the price. This excludes Royal Ascot and British Champions Day race tickets.

If you want to have a STAR card, you can download an online application form on their site. You will then have to submit it along with a passport-sized photo. You will have to send and address it to Jayne McWilliam, STAR Card Coordinator, Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX.

Once you have completed the required personal information, you will receive your STAR card within 28 days.


Colts & Fillies Club

The Colts and Fillies Club is for racegoers that are 17 years old and under. They can enjoy free admission to all the races and Family Days. Additionally, they can visit other places in the racetrack and horse racing competitions.

In order to be a member, you need to fill a membership form that is available on the site. You can submit your form at any blue racecard kiosks in Ascot Racecourse. You can also send it to Colts & Fillies Club, Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 0NX.


Royal Enclosure Membership

The Royal Enclosure Membership is one of the most prestigious clubs in the Ascot Racecourse. Members can enjoy various fine dining restaurants, great service, and bars.

However, you do not need to be a member to access the enclosure and one of its restaurants. This is because you can enter it as long as you have a hospitality guest day badge. This can be bought online at their site.

You can find a brochure of the Royal Enclosure at Ascot Racecourse website. If you have more questions about it, you can contact them at [email protected] or at tel:+44 (0)1344878474.



How to go to Ascot Racecourse?

If you want to go to Ascot Racecourse, the exact address is High St, Ascot SL5 7JX, UK. There are three ways you can use to get there: by car, train, or helicopter. 


If you are using a car, you have four routes that you can use to get to Ascot Racecourse:




From London & the North

Head to M4 Junction 6 and go to A332 Windsor by-pass. From there, you can follow the signs leading to Ascot.

From the West

Head to M4 Junction 10 and go to A329(M) for Bracknell. From there, you can follow the signs leading to Ascot.

From South & East

Head to M3 Junction 3 and go to A332 for Bracknell. From there, you can follow the signs leading to Ascot.

From the Midlands

Head to M40 southbound Junction 4 and go to A404. Then take M4 (either Junction 8 or 9) heading to Heathrow/London.

Get out of M4 at Junction 5 and go to A332 Windsor by-pass

 From there, you can follow the signs leading to Ascot.


If you want to take the train, you can use the South West Train from the following train stations: Reading, Guildford, and London Waterloo. You can reach the Ascot Racecourse in 27 minutes if you are coming from Reading train station. You can also get to the racetrack in 52 minutes if you are coming from London Waterloo. You can go to the track in 7 minutes from the railway station.

You can also use a helicopter to go to Ascot Racecourse. This is because there are two helicopter landing facilities near the racetrack: Fairoaks, Chobham and White Waltham, Maidenhead. These facilities are only nine miles away from the racecourse.

You can also arrange a helicopter charter or a landing from FreshAir Helicopters if you call +44 1869 278 244. You can also email them at [email protected]



The Race Track of Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse in England has two tracks for flat and jump surfaces. It is a right-handed racecourse with a length of 1 mile and 6 furlongs. This is approximately 3,080 miles in length.

The jump racetrack also has various fences, hurdles, and obstacles that make it difficult for jump race competitions. There is also a 73-foot climb from the lowest point (Swinley Bottom) to the highest point (Winning Post).


Races in the Ascot Racecourse

The Ascot Racecourse in England holds various notable races for 26 days a year besides the five-day Royal Ascot. Here are the following schedule of the Ascot Racecourse from July to December 2019:




Schedule of Race


Property Raceday

July 12

Summer Mile Family Raceday

July 13

QIPCO King George Weekend - Friday

July 26

QIPCO King George Day

July 27





Italian Tourist Board Festival of Food and Wine Friday Raceday

September 6

Italian Tourist Board Festival of Food and Wine Saturday Raceday

September 7


Autumn Racing Weekend & Ascot Beer Festival - Friday

October 4

Autumn Racing Weekend & Ascot Beer Festival - Saturday

October 5

QIPCO British Champions Day

October 19


Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday

November 2

November Racing Weekend Friday Raceday

November 22

November Racing Weekend Saturday Raceday

November 23


Christmas Raceday

December 20

Christmas Family Raceday

December 21


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