Experience the glamourous Royal Ascot horse racing meeting at Ascot Racecourse, which is one of the most fashionable events in London's sporting calendar.
What is Royal Ascot?
Britain's most popular race meeting attracts the world's finest racehorses, jockeys and trainers for five days of top-class racing. The racing highlights include the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the Queen Anne Stakes and the Gold Cup. It is Britain’s most valuable race, as meet and prize money for the week totals millions of pounds.
Be sure to look out for the eye-catching fashion, including plenty of elaborate hats, which also provides much excitable chatter at Royal Ascot.
The history of Royal Ascot
You’ll have the chance to spot members of the Royal Family, including the Queen herself who often attends the event, which is steeped in unique tradition, heritage and pageantry.
Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, the event features a daily horse-drawn procession from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse led by the royal carriage. The Queen has also enjoyed considerable success at Royal Ascot over the years, having owned many winners including Estimate, which won the Gold Cup in 2013.
Tickets for Royal Ascot
There are four levels of tickets for Royal Ascot:
- Windsor Enclosure tickets are the cheapest tickets. There is no formal dress code, so it's a great way to catch all the racing action on a budget.
- With Village Enclosure tickets you can enjoy the race as well as pop-up restaurants, cocktail bars and all-day entertainment including DJ sets and live bands.
- Queen Anne Enclosure tickets give you access to excellent facilities and entertainment, including military bands and a traditional sing-along after racing each day.
- Access to the Royal Enclosure at Ascot is restricted to those who have been sponsored for membership. Overseas visitors may also apply to their embassy or high commission for badges.
Where is Ascot Racecourse?
Ascot Racecourse is in Ascot, in Berkshire, about 30 miles (48km) from London. It takes around 50 minutes to travel to Ascot Racecourse by car or train from London.
The racecourse is a leading venue on the international stage, and hosts many horse racing events each year in both flat and jump format, in addition to the Royal Ascot race meeting.