Ascot - British Racecourse
Home of Royal Ascot Racecourse, possibly one of the finest race meetings of the year.
Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Ascot is one of the world's most famous racecourses and stages top quality Flat and Jump racing throughout the year.The highlight is Royal Ascot week in June, which combines tradition, pageantry, style and fashion with five days of the greatest horseracing in the world. Although the Berkshire course plays host to a number of top-class National Hunt fixtures, it is on the Flat that it has earned its reputation worldwide with the Royal Meeting in June. The combination of the quality racing, stunning fashion and Royal Processions that take place on each of the four days, stands this meeting apart from any other. Until 1945, the only racing that took place was the Royal meeting. More fixtures were then scheduled with major races such as the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes created. Jump racing has been held there since 1965. The course was closed for 20 months in September 2004, for a £185 million redevelopment, and was reopened by The Queen in June 2006. Children under 18 years are allowed into the racecourse free of charge on all race days, when accompanied by a paying adult.
Flat:- Right-handed triangle, galloping and stiff, with few undulations, Just over 1m6f round, with 2 1/2f run-in. Straight mile and round mile. All races up to 7f on straight course.
National Hunt:- Right-handed, galloping, with stiff fences. A Circuit of 1m 5f.
Getting there, directions and parking:
Driving – Postcode for Satnav is SL5 7JX
Train - South West Trains run a frequent service to Ascot from both Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 52 minutes from Waterloo. Regular services also run from Guildford. The railway station is a seven-minute walk from the racecourse.
Bus - Coach travel direct to Ascot is available from a number of Coach Operators.
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Places to stay nearby:
Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa (1.2 miles)
Bagshot Road, Sunninghill, Ascot SL5 9JH, UK
Tel: 0844 879 9104
Premier Inn Bagshot Hotel (3 miles )
1 London Road, Bagshot GU19 5HR, England
Tel: 0871 527 8040
The Stag (0.4 miles)
63 High Street, Ascot SL5 7HP, UK
Tel: 01344 621622
The Winning Post (4.3 miles)
Winkfield Street, Winkfield, Bracknell SL4 4SW
Tel: 01344 882242