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The UK’s Most Prestigious Horse Racing Venue

Ascot Racecourse is a leading horse racing venue located in Ascot, Berkshire, situated in the gorgeous wooded countryside near the Royal beauty of Windsor Great Park. This prestigious course retains a major name in the sporting world due to its close ties with the Royal Family. The beautiful racecourse features well-groomed lawns and terraces, balconies with superb views, elegant tea rooms and fine dining restaurants.

The prized horse racing location boasts thirteen of Britain’s thirty-six annual Group One horse races – the highest level of thoroughbred and standard-bred flat races. The racecourse currently stages twenty-six days of racing throughout the year, including eighteen flat meetings held between May and October. It also hosts some of the most significant racing fixtures of the Jumps season.

As an Official Hospitality Supplier (OHS) directly appointed by Ascot Racecourse, we are delighted to provide exclusive Ascot Corporate Hospitality Packages and tickets for numerous race days in 2024 and 2025.

Royal Ascot is undoubtedly the calendar’s highlight; the highly prized event is often regarded as the ‘jewel on the crown’ of Ascot Racecourse. Alone, Royal Ascot holds an astounding eight Group One races spread across its five spectacular days of unparalleled action.

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Eventmasters are delighted to be Official Hospitality Providers (OHS) directly appointed by Ascot Racecourse, providing outstanding service and fine dining to entertain clients and stakeholders with high-quality horse racing. Experience Royal Ascot in VIP style with a wide range of corporate hospitality packages. Details of all our events are on our Ascot Fixtures & Event Guide.

Ascot Racecourse is undoubtedly one of the finest racecourses in the world. No matter the meeting, you can expect style and flair both on and off the course and hospitality of the highest quality. We have a range of facilities available, particularly during Royal Ascot, including fantastic course facing options and restaurants and private boxes. Treat your important guests and clients to the experience of a lifetime; they won’t be disappointed.

At Royal Ascot you can experience the action in some style with hospitality in the Sandringham Restaurant, The Lawn Club, The Gallery, The Deck, The Old Press Room and The Trackside Restaurant amongst others.

QIPCO British Champion’s Day is another phenomenal landmark race day held at Ascot Racecourse every year. This winter race day is often regarded as a grand finale of the flat racing season in Britain and thus attracts some of the world’s finest horses.

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The History of Ascot Racecourse

Queen Anne built the legendary Racecourse in 1711 when out riding near Windsor Castle and discovering an area of open heath that seemed perfect for “horses to gallop at full stretch.” The first race meeting was held in August 1711, with the inaugural event being Her Majesty’s Plate, which was valued at 100 guineas and was accessible to any horse, mare, or gelding over the age of six. Each horse had to carry a weight of 12st with seven runners in the race, which has little resemblance to the racing at Ascot today. The seven horses were all English Hunters, unconcerned about the speedy thoroughbreds who usually compete on the flat. The event is divided into three four-mile heats, allowing the victorious horse to show off his incredible stamina.

Popularity in racing at Ascot increased over time as Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure in 1813. The act guaranteed that Ascot Heath would remain a racecourse, now used for the public. In 1913, Parliament founded the Ascot Authority, with His Majesty’s Representative serving as Chairman and the Clerk of the Course as Secretary. Currently, Sir Francis Brooke Bt. holds both of these posts, with the Chief Executive and departmental directors supporting him.

The number of races at Ascot also expanded with the introduction of the steeplechase and hurdle course in 1965. Currently, Ascot hosts 26 days of racing, with approximately 50,000 racegoers visiting the racecourse each year. Did you know there was one instance in 1945 when the Royal Meeting was only staged for four days?

Ascot Racecourse Community

Ascot Racecourse proudly supports over 250 local charities, community groups and businesses by making monetary contributions or by supplying complimentary tickets for use as raffle and auction prizes.

The racecourse launched the Colts & Fillies Club in 2002 to make horse racing more accessible and popular with younger audiences. Currently, the club has over 18,500 members and is free to join.

Events including bulb painting are run to involve local schools in various activities. The charity Racing To School supports young people’s learning and development to encourage an interest in horse racing. The racecourse also works closely with the National Citizen Service and supports the Active Communities Network.

Dress Code

Whilst there is no strict dress code for all race days at Ascot Racecourse, racegoers are strongly encouraged to dress as though attending a fine, formal occasion. Ladies usually dress in smart attire and opt for hats, while gentlemen wear sports jackets with collared shirts and ties.

For Royal Ascot, a firm dress code applies and varies depending on the enclosure guests attend. The event is synonymous with style, elegance and unrivalled sophistication, so guests are expected to uphold these values through their clothing choices.

Details on the Royal Ascot Dress Code Guide can be found in our FAQ section below.

Local Area at Ascot Racecourse

Windsor Great Park

Discover a 1,000-year royal heritage in Windsor Great Park, including historical monuments, old woods, and spectacular horticultural displays. Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres and is shrouded in mystery and legend.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle has served as a family home for the Royal Family for 1,000 years and is a must-see on a trip to Windsor. Located between Notting Hill, Holland Park and Kensington, The Windsor Castle is the perfect setting for a relaxed lunch and dining experience.

Coral Reef Waterworld – Bracknell’s Water World

Coral Reef Waterworld is the largest water park in Bracknell and the largest in England. Coral Reef Waterworld is ideal for staying active, enjoying thrilling waterslides and relaxing in the Coral Spa.

More Events at Ascot Racecourse

In addition to horse racing, Ascot Racecourse is also home to numerous other events such as the Luna Cinema, a Beer Festival and a spectacular fireworks display in November.

Furthermore, the Royal Ascot Cricket Club was founded in 1883, with the grounds situated in the middle of the racecourse.

Ascot United F.C., founded in 1965, is likewise based on the racecourse and is located towards the site’s eastern side. The club plays their home games there with a capacity of 1,150.

Established in 2011, QIPCO British Champion Series involves the 35 top Flat races and festivals in the British horseracing calendar. British Champions Day is the finale of the European Flat racing season and is being held for its eighth year at Ascot. It is regarded as the richest race day for horse racing spectators, offering the chance to see the World’s finest horses and jockeys battle it out on the Ascot turf.

Travelling to Ascot Racecourse

Please use the map provided by Google for further information.

How do I get to Ascot Racecourse by car?

Ascot Racecourse Address: High St, Ascot SL5 7JX, United Kingdom

From London and the North:

Exit the M4 at Junction 6, merge onto the A332 Windsor by-pass, and follow the signs to Ascot.

From the West, South, and East:

Take the M4 to Junction 10, join the A329 (M) to Bracknell, and follow the Ascot signs. Take the M3 Junction 3 to the A332 to Bracknell if coming from the south or east.

From the Midlands:

We recommend taking the M40 southbound (Junction 3) and continuing on the M4 (Junction 8/9) towards Heathrow/London. Then, take the A332 Windsor by-pass to Ascot and exit the M4 at Junction 6.

How do I get to Ascot Racecourse by train?

From Reading, Guildford, and London Waterloo, South Western Railway maintains a regular service to Ascot. Reading will take roughly 27 minutes, and Waterloo will take approximately 52 minutes. Ascot Racecourse is a seven-minute walk away.

How do I get to Ascot Racecourse by bus?

The 299, 40, 998 and 999 are frequent bus services near Ascot Racecourse.

View our guide on travelling to Ascot Racecourse here.

Ascot Racecourse FAQs

Yes – there are Dress Codes at Royal Ascot 2025.

Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure Dress Code

Ladies should wear a dress or skirt falling just above the knee (or longer), shoulder straps with a minimum width of 1 inch (2.5cm), a jacket or pashmina, a trouser suit, a jumpsuit that falls below the knee and a hat, which is mandatory.

Gentlemen should wear morning dress (black, grey or navy) a waistcoat and necktie, a top hat (black or grey), black dress shoes (with socks)

Children in the Royal Enclosure should wear clothing in accordance with the above dress code if they are aged between 10 and 17.

Hospitality Facilities in the Royal Enclosure include:

  • The Parade Ring Restaurant
  • The Old Press Room
  • Windsor Forest
  • Panoramic
  • Trackside Restaurant
  • The Veranda
  • The Sandringham
  • Wyndham Club

Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure Dress Code

Ladies should wear a dress or top with a skirt with shoulder or halter neck straps, a trouser suit, a jumpsuit and a hat (or headpiece or fascinator)

Gentlemen should wear a full-length two or three-piece suit, a collared shirt, a necktie and socks.

Children should comply with the above dress code, but hats, headpieces and fascinators are not compulsory.

Hospitality Facilities in the Queen Anne Enclosure include:

  • On 5
  • The Furlong
  • The Gallery
  • Old Paddock Restaurant
  • Pavilion Restaurant
  • The Lawn Club
  • The Deck

Royal Ascot Village Enclosure Dress Code

Ladies and children should wear clothing as mentioned for the Queen Anne Enclosure. This is the same for men, although men can also wear a full-length trouser or chino in this particular enclosure.

Facilities in the Village Enclosure include:

  • Restaurant in the Village
  • The Villiers Club

In the Windsor Enclosure, there is no official code, but you are encouraged to wear smart daywear, with hats, headpieces and fascinators encouraged, as are jackets and collared shirts.

At 2025’s Royal Ascot, the Enclosures open and close at different times. The cloakrooms in the Royal and Queen Anne Enclosures open at 10:30am, and they close at 19:00 each day. On Saturday, they close at 21:00.

Cloakrooms in the Windsor Enclosure also open at 10:30am, but they close at 19:30 each day.

The Windsor Enclosure’s cloakrooms open from Thursday to Saturday at 10:30am before closing at 21:00.

At this year’s Royal Ascot, racing each day will be getting underway at 14:30. The last race on each day takes place at 18:15 in the evening.

Gates at Ascot Racecourse will open several hours before the racing at 10:30 in the morning.

If you are in the Royal Enclosure, you should enter through the West Turnstiles, whilst you should use the East Turnstiles for the Queen Anne Enclosure.

Ascot Racecourse News & Updates

The Royal Meeting begins with seven races instead of the regular six. With 18 group races throughout the week, including eight Group One events, Royal Ascot offers the world’s finest standard of flat racing.

Follow Royal Ascot’s racing news and events to stay up to date.