Ascot Travel Guide

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Ascot Things to Do

  • Windsor

    Its a delightful town to wander round on a sunny Sunday in June. Lots of touroids, mind you, but it was not oppressive!The Thames runs right through the town centre, so its worth seeing (as is the castle, of course).Seems to be well served with restaurants and pubs - wish we'd had more time to enjoy!

  • Windsor Castle

    About 10-15 minutes drive from Ascot. However, whilst its well signposted outside Windsor, they dry up as you get into the town. Very poor. We only had 3 hours in the town, and needed to spend part of that having lunch. As a result we didn't go inside the castle. At 12 noon on a Sunday there was a queue, and at almost £40 (2 adults, 1 teenager) to...

  • The Royal Procession

    At the start of each day's racing (2pm prompt) during the Royal Ascot meeting, the Queen and her guests parade along the centre of the finishing straight in open topped horse drawn carriages.The procession then turns into the parade ring behind the stands, and they get out of their carriages to go up to the Royal Box inside the grandstand.You'll...

  • Watching the Royal family.

    Royal Ascot is so called because the Royal family attend.If you're in the right place at the right time you can see them arrive & depart.The Queen Mother is in her own car (NLT 1), with am unmarked Metropolitan Police Rover following.

  • "Ladies @ the races"

    Ladies Day at Royal Ascot: 22nd June, 2006 - tickets start @ £65 Ascot Racecourse and the Royal Meeting are steeped in almost three centuries of tradition, heritage and prestige. It was Queen Anne who first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot, which in those days was called East Cote. Whilst out riding in 1711, she came upon an area of open...

  • Attending the Royal Ascot Races.

    Royal Ascot is one of the most prestigious race meetings with nearly 300 years of tradition and is one of the highlights of Britain's social and sporting calendar. Smart dress, fine food, champagne and excellent racing are all combined in one social event which lasts 4 days in June.In 1711 Queen Anne, whilst riding in the forests around Windsor...


Ascot Hotels

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  • Highclere Hotel

    19 Kings Rd, Ascot, SL5 9AD, GB

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Ramada Plaza Royal Berkshire

    London Road, Sunninghill, Berkshire, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, SL5 0PP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa

    Bagshot Road, Sunninghill, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, SL5 9JH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Ascot Restaurants

  • Good lunch

    Again, not in Ascot but not that far!We dived in for lunch whilst sightseeing in Windsor. Lovely decor and a good menu.Food was superb. My son had pad sieuw (a fried noodle dish with chicken)to himself, whilst my other half and I shared 3 dishes - phed makham (duck with tamarind sauce), tom yam goong (spicy prawn soup) and a squid salad. My ex is...

  • Mixed experience

    Good food and ambience, let down a little by the service.Our hotel sent us round and as it was 7.30 on a Saturday we were pleasantly surprised to walk in and get a table (and a little worried - why not busier?).Anyway, it filled up quickly so we were lucky. Starters arrived quickly, but the main courses were a bit slower. We'd actually have...

  • Best local venue for live music, dining,...

    Top quality jazz, funk, latin, hip hop and all other kinds of bands.Great food.Great DJ in the nightclub downstairs playing fab music for dancing to.Good mix of ages.Everyone really friendly and in the party mood.Good for girls/lads night out, romantic date, work night, family birthdays - any occasion!


Ascot Nightlife

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    Jagz: Top notch live bands and DJs

    by amcclean Written Jun 2, 2005

    Top quality jazz, funk, latin, hip hop and all other kinds of bands.

    Great food.

    Great DJ in the nightclub downstairs playing fab music for dancing to.

    Good mix of ages.

    Everyone really friendly and in the party mood.

    Good for girls/lads night out, romantic date, work night, family birthdays - any occasion!

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Ascot Transportation


    The only reason to visit Ascot would be to attend a meeting at the famous racetrack which is only a ten miute walk from the station. Trains leave Waterloo every half hour for the one hour journey to Ascot, before continuing to Reading. There is another line with trains leaving to Guildford every 30 minutes.

  • car rental

    We rented a car from Hertz at Heathrow. I was dreading it, because I hate car rental at big airports where you have a 30 minute shuttle bus trip and then stand in line to be "booked in".In fact, the bus came quickly and booking in was quick too. Maybe because it was late (9pm) on a Friday night.I'd spotted a good deal with Hertz - £60 per day for...

  • traffic hell

    Our trip from hotel to racecourse (10 miles) should have taken 22 minutes according to the AA website. Actually it took 75 minutes! It seemed like virtual gridlock. I'd assumed double the normal time, but gee! Fortunately we'd planned on being there 2 hours before the start to give time to look around and eat our picnic, so all was well! We were...


Ascot Shopping

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    Ascot High Street.

    by mwe Written Feb 17, 2007

    Ascot High Street, with its shops, pubs, restaurants, ice-cream vendor, fairground, etc. is literally next to the racecourse.

    Ascot High Street. June 21st, 1996.

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Ascot Warnings and Dangers

  • Car parks

    We were in a "car park" in the middle of the racecourse. Just a grassy field! Two things to watch out for.First, if the weather is wet you will have a decent walk through wet grass (or mud, depending on how wet) to get to the stands. Come prepared if the forecast is bad!Second, after you have parked check where your car is by reference to some...

  • High society drunks

    I was surprised how many people were treating the day as an excuse to drink non-stop. By the time the last race came along (5.30), 3.5 hours after the royal procession, a lot of them were in a bad way - men and women All afternoon, people were staggering around with pint glasses, pitchers full of Pimms and bottles of Champagne - men and women.I was...

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Ascot What to Pack

  • Check the weather forecast...

    If you are in the Royal Enclosure, you will have plenty of cover if the weather is wet. Otherwise, there is very little.If the forecast is for rain, think about umbrellas (a big golf umbrella or small expanding ones which you can put in a small backpack). Also think about your feet. Maybe not such a problem for men, but for women in high heels......

  • Less IS less!

    I think the most stylish & impressive lady in this picture is the girl in the long overblouse & trousers. She's made the effort, I notice the matching hat (elaborate & stylish, but not OTT), shoes (not plain, but not excessively high-heeled or tarty) & classy Chanel-esque bag.Sorry women in the short skirts, they do nothing for you & I'm not keen...

  • What to wear at Ascot.

    Here are a few suggestions from the punters about what to wear.Hats are very popular, but not compulsory for ladies.Gents do not have to wear a morning suit & top-hat, but it's a popular look. Jacket/suit, shirt & tie is equally acceptable. Toilets & first-aiders are at the venue. The 1995 pictures were taken with a Sigma 35mm compact camera &...


Ascot Off The Beaten Path

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    John Lennon's former mansion.

    by mwe Updated Feb 18, 2007

    Not exactly "Off the Beaten Path" as it's by the A329 at Sunninghill, just past the B383 crossroads, one-and-a-half miles outside Ascot on the way to Virginia Water.

    Tittenhurst Park (bought by Lennon in May, 1969 for just £145,000), opposite the Royal Berkshire Hotel, is where the film of John Lennon performing "Imagine" on a grand piano in a stately home was made. Ringo Starr bought the mansion off Lennon in 1973. The ruler of Abu Dhabi bought it off Ringo in 1988 & is the current owner/occupier.
    The website link gets the address wrong! ...It incorrectly states "London Road, Sunningdale" which is a different place (the A30).

    Go a little further, to the LH bend & there's a road on the right (running along the side of Tittenhurst Park), Whitmore Lane, which leads to Sunningdale Cemetery (at the back of Lennon's mansion) where acting legend Diana Dors is buried.

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Ascot Sports & Outdoors

  • Horse Racing

    Watching Horses race round and around and around ........ binoculars and good shoes AND FANCY HAT!!

  • The big day out!

    The Royal Ascot race meeting takes place every June over 5 days. Starts Tuesday - finishes Saturday. Its called "Royal" because its the Queen's meeting and every day she does a royal parade along the front of the stands in an open horse drawn carriage. Its at 2pm - don't miss it!The meeting is what the English call a "society" event - all the great...

  • The Silver Ring.

    This is the Silver Ring, one of the less expensive places to watch the horseracing. If you're not going in the grandstand, bring a towel/blanket/deckchair to sit on.Binoculars & camera/camcorder to take souvenirs of your day out are a good idea.


Ascot Favorites

  • Royal Ascot Race Meeting

    by PerfeKto Written Jan 31, 2008

    Favorite thing: Ascot Racecourse hosts one of the world's premier flat events annually during June. The local population swells with crowds of 150,000+ attending the 5 day event.

    Ladies Day is by far the busiest and is a top draw for celebrities and fashionistas from around the globe. The attandance of the Queen of England further enhances the prestige of the occasion. The race meeting provides the local economy with a wealth of opportunity to make money.

    Fondest memory: Growing up on the doorstep of such a venure provided many hours of fun when younger. We used to charge for lifts down the station hill path to "merry" racegoers using our push bikes as the taxi! We often fell foul of the gypsy heather sellers though as they felt they had missed an opportunity to make some money!!

    Also have fond memories of the card sharks, pick the ace for a tenner..!

    If you get the chance too, go! It's one of the best events of the UK summer.

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