Home of Royal Ascot the famous racecourse also holds its annual King George Weekend each year in July. Over the two-days horses and their riders compete in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The course is run on a flat race, at just over 2,400 metres. First run in 1951 it is a prestigious part of the racing calendar. Over the space of a 20 year career the legendary Lester Piggott became the leading jockey having completed a total of 7 wins. The two days of racing provide a total of £1.1 million winnings, making it the 2nd biggest prize fund in Britain.
There are regular trains to the small area of Ascot from London Waterloo, Reading or Guildford. The nearest airport is London’s Heathrow which is only 10 miles away, travelling by train from London Waterloo will take no more than an hour. There are several races across the day, starting at 11am with last race due to start at 5pm. Tickets for the Friday cost £18 for the Queen Anne Enclosure (£21 on the day) and £23 for the King Edward VII Enclosure (£28 on the day). Saturday tickets range from £28 to £90. Children under the age of 18 are allowed in for free both days.
Decide which enclosure you wish to watch the action from when purchasing your tickets. The grandstand may have the better views, but other options put you closer to the excitement and access to more exclusive areas. Arrive early in order to catch all the races. Study the race card in advance, budget how much you can afford to lose or come away happy with your winnings. Remember however placing bets is strictly over 18s only. Dress codes may apply so check online as to what to pack. Make the day even more special with fine dining and private boxes available.
If you are planning to visit Ascot, choose from rental properties close to the racecourse such as houses, flats, studios, rental apartments or Bed and Breakfast. Whether you are looking to rent in Ascot itself, or travel from elsewhere in Berkshire, it is easy to travel around the area by road or by rail and arrive at the racecourse. Check out our accommodation in Ascot.
Extend your stay to visit the famous royal residence of Windsor Castle which is only twenty minutes away from Ascot. Enjoy the grounds at Windsor Great Park. Make it a family holiday at Legoland, take in a show at the Theatre Royal. Explore the local historical area with the amphibious Duck Tours.
For more up to date information including: King George race days, Friday and Saturday programme of events, fine dining and private boxes, visiting Ascot, book tickets, information on the enclosures, race times, planning your journey and much more visit the official website.
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