Windsor - British Racecourse
Racing action almost every Monday night in the summer, located virtually in the River Thames.
About Windsor Racecourse:
700 years ago Windsor Great Park was enclosed as a royal hunting ground. It is easy to imagine the kings of England and assorted noblemen arranging contests between each other’s horses. Races took place there and at Datchet Mead during the reign of Henry VIII. Racing at Datchet Ferry was recorded in 1682 during the reign of Charles II, who was such a big racing fan that he set up his court at Newmarket. In the 18th century Windsor’s main claim to fame in the racing world was a base for those attending the Royal Ascot meeting each June. Though it had its own races from time to time, the meeting at Egham was more important. The growth of steeplechasing in the mid-19th century led to the running of increasingly regular military meetings, which were increasingly patronised with royal and aristocratic watchers. Flat racing began on Rays Meadow, the current site, in 1866. Windsor was one of the few courses allowed to stage race meetings during both wars. On one occasion a flying bomb fell during racing, but no lives were lost. National Hunt racing’s greatest supporter, Her Majesty The Queen Mother, was always keen to look in if a fixture coincided with a stay at the castle, especially if one of her horses was running. Jump racing ceased in 1998, which had the benefit of preserving the ground for the more lucrative flat race season, though it enjoyed a temporary revival in 2004/05 while Ascot was closed for redevelopment and Windsor took over some of its fixtures. Racegoers under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Flat- Flat 1 1/2m figure-of-eight course; sharp up to 1m70y.
National Hunt- Figure-of-eight shape, sharp and flat. A Circuit of 1m 4f.
Getting there, directions and parking:
Driving - Satnav Postcode is SL4 5EZ.
Train - The nearest stations to the racecourse are Windsor, Eton Central, Eton Riverside and Slough. Trains run from Paddington and Waterloo to these stations. Taxis are available from all stations.
Boat - A river taxi service operates for all race meetings from Barry Avenue Promenade, opposite Browns restaurant, in Windsor Town centre. This is just a short walk from the Windsor train stations. The river trip takes approximately 10 minutes and there is a full bar facility on board.
Parking – Free Parking available, Silver Ring picnic car park is £12.00 and M car Park on the day is £8.00.
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Places to stay nearby:
Macdonald Windsor Hotel (1.1 miles)
23 High Street, Windsor SL4 1LH
Tel: 0344 879 9101
Premier Inn Slough Hotel (2.6 miles)
76 Uxbridge Road, Slough SL1 1SU
Tel: 0871 527 8982
The Duchess of Cambridge Pub (1 mile)
3-4 Thames St, Windsor, SL4 1PL
Tel: 01753 864405
The Alma (1.1 miles)
61 Springfield Road, Windsor, SL4 3PP
Tel: 01753 840515