A day at Ascot Racecourse is very special. Most racegoers dress up for the occasion and this is an important part of the Ascot raceday experience. Style Guides are available for the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand Admission enclosure, bringing to life some examples of the kind of outfits worn at Royal Ascot. Browse the Style Guide. For other Ascot racedays, view our Dress Code advice section for more information.
THE THUNDER OF HOOVES
The quality of horseracing at Ascot is simply outstanding and there are plenty of places for you to experience it. Stand by the rails as the horses thunder down the Straight Mile to the Winning Post. Or stand in the middle of the crowd to enjoy the electric atmosphere as your horse comes home. To get the best position, you should find your spot at least five minutes before each race.
Watch out for the feature race, often recognisable by the size of the prize fund marked in the Racecard.
- Planning Your Day
- Race Times & Racecards
- Entertainment & Souvenirs
PLANNING YOUR DAY
You should arrive at the racecourse early, as it will give you plenty of time to explore the Grandstand facilities and surrounding lawns.
Gates opening times
Royal Ascot - 10:30am
Jumps Season - 10:45am
Flat Season - 11:00am
We advise you to bring cash with you to the racecourse. There are two fixed cash machines on the Concourse Level of the Grandstand, however these can get very busy on racedays. Alternatively, the tote offers cashback on cards.
RACE TIMES & RACECARDS
Race times are available online prior to each race meeting.
The best Flat races have "Group" status. Top races are Group 1, and then there are Group 2 and Group 3 races. Below that is a class termed "Listed", which is effectively Group 4. Below this level are all sorts of races with varying conditions, including some very high profile and high value handicaps of significant historical importance.
The Racecard is effectively your programme for the day. An invaluable guide, it lists the times of each race, the runners and riders, and also includes maps, offers and other useful information.
Racecards can be purchased for £3.50 from one of the blue kiosks just inside the racecourse entrances. Royal Ascot Racecards will cost £4.50.
ENTERTAINMENT & SOUVENIRS
Many racedays have a theme to complement the racing, such as a beer festival or summer concert. All entertainment takes place within the Grandstand Admission area, so all racegoers can take part. It is free of charge unless otherwise stated.
To see what is happening on the day, view the events pages or check out the Racecard when you arrive.
The Ascot Shop is located adjacent to the Parade Ring by Core 2 of the Grandstand, selling a wide selection of racecourse merchandise, from clothes to jewellery.
Please note the Ascot Shop is only open on racedays.
Check that anything you would like to bring is allowed into your admission area. Please refer to our policies section.
Please ensure you are suitably dressed. See our Dress Code for details.
Make sure you have enough cash to avoid queuing at cash machines.
Please keep your tickets and badges in a safe place. Unfortunately, lost or stolen items cannot be replaced.
Allow plenty of time for your journey. During Royal Ascot, please follow the coloured route indicated by your car park label (rather than your Satellite Navigation) as a temporary one-way system may be in operation.
Car parks open at 9:00am. Gates open at 10:45am for Jumps meetings, and 11am for Flat meetings. Call +44 (0)844 346 3000 to pre-book a car park label.
WHAT TO WEAR
DRESSING FOR THE JUMPS SEASON
During the Jumps season, which runs from November to April, the dress code at Ascot is more relaxed than during the Flat season.
- Premier Admission
- Grandstand Admission
WHAT TO WEAR: JUMPS SEASON
Ladies should dress as for a smart occasion.
Gentlemen usually wear a jacket with a collared shirt and tie.
Whilst this style of dress is preferred in Premier Admission, during the Jumps season it is not compulsory.
Please note that fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not permitted within Premier Admission.
WHAT TO WEAR: JUMPS SEASON
Whilst we encourage racegoers to wear smart clothing, no formal dress code applies in the Grandstand Admission area during the Jumps season.
Please note that bare chests are not permitted at any time.
Fancy dress is permitted at Ascot Racecourse within the Grandstand Admission area on all days outside Royal Ascot. However, fancy dress will not be permitted if it is liable to cause offence to any other racegoers on religious or sexual grounds.
FOOD & DRINK
A day at the races is unlike visiting any other sporting event, as the pace of the afternoon lends itself perfectly to socialising, eating and drinking.
With between six and eight races a day, there is plenty of time to concentrate on the lead-up to each race, as well as the track action itself. In between, there is time to enjoy the wide variety of places to eat and drink at the racecourse, whether it's for lunch, afternoon tea or a drink with friends between races.
You are welcome to bring a picnic in a hamper or cool bag/box. However please note that barbecues and hot food cannot be brought onto the racecourse. Alcohol has a limit per person of one bottle of wine or champagne, or four cans or bottles of beer, cider or pre-mixed apéritfs - all with the seals intact. Spirits, fortified wines and Pimm's, or similar, are not allowed.
Picnic areas are situated on the Plaza Lawns and undercover at the eastern end of the Concourse at Core 4. During summer, picnics are only permitted trackside, in the picnic area to the East of the Grandstand, and in the Old Paddock. At Royal Ascot, picnics are only permitted in the Silver Ring and Heath Enclosures. Informal picnics are allowed in car parks.
There is a blanket-only policy throughout the year. During Royal Ascot, blankets and fold away chairs are allowed into the Silver Ring and Heath Enclosure only.
For further information, please view the Policies section.
Plan Your Day
Getting to Ascot
Ascot Racecourse is ideally situated in beautiful wooded countryside adjoining Windsor Great Park, offering easy access for all racegoers, wherever their departure point.
Ascot Racecourse is conveniently located close to the M3, M4, M40 & M25 motorways.
Ascot Racecourse is conveniently located close to the M3, M4, M40 & M25 motorways.
South West Trains runs frequent services to Ascot from both Reading and London Waterloo.
There is a helicopter landing facility close to the racecourse, and two nearby airfields.
PARKING AT ASCOT
Parking prices for Christmas Meeting
Car parks open at 9:00am
Car parks close at 9:00pm
The best available car park spaces for each admission level will be sold first, so book early for the most convenient location.
Booked a Package?
Car park labels are included with all restaurant packages. Additional labels should be purchased in advance by calling +44 (0)844 346 0346.
Dedicated parking facilities are available for disabled customers displaying a Blue Badge. Customers are advised to pre-book their car parking space. For more information, please email email@example.com or call
+44 (0)844 346 3000
Coach drivers can obtain a free Grandstand Admission ticket on production of their PCV or PSV licence and their work docket to any Ticket Office.
Viewing the Horses
Where to Watch
Tips on where the horses will be on course throughout the day and the best places to see them.
Runners & Riders
Reading the Racecard
Racecards provide a list of riders for each race. Five day entries are available online five days before each event, and final declarations 24 hours in advance.
Placing A Bet
How to Bet
Learn how to enjoy a 'flutter' during your day at Ascot, from understanding the terminology to knowing where to place a bet.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What should we wear?
2. What time should we arrive during Royal Ascot?
9:00am - Gates to car and coach parks open
10:30am - Gates open
2:00pm - Royal Procession
2:30pm - First race
5:35pm - Last race
6:00pm-6:30pm - Bandstand singing (Grandstand Admission enclosure only)
7:00pm - Silver Ring band finishes
9:00pm - Car and coach parks close
Throughout Royal Ascot, a traffic management plan will be in place. You are advised to follow the AA route signage to your selected car park on the day, rather than use your Satellite Navigation. For the fastest route to your car park please follow the coloured routes as shown on your car park label.
Gates open at 10.30am so please arrive as early as possible, and before midday to get the best view for Her Majesty The Queen's arrival. Please note these routes may differ from previous years in order to reduce traffic congestion.
Course crossings from the Coach Park and Heath will close at 1:40pm every day, with a limited service thereafter.
3. What time should we arrive on other Ascot racedays?
9:00am: Car parks open
10:45am: Gates open during Jumps season
11:00am: Gates open during Flat season
9:00pm: Car parks close
Visitors travelling by car should be aware that the roads around the racecourse can become congested on the busier racedays, and a one-way system may be in operation. On those days, drivers are strongly advised to follow the designated routes using AA signage.
4. Can we bring a picnic during Royal Ascot?
You are welcome to picnic in your car or coach park. These areas have a very sociable atmosphere, making this a great way to start your day. Due to the high demand for parking, picnics are confined to your allocated parking space. You can bring unbranded awnings, gazebos, tables and chairs, but your area is limited to your parking space. Please note hot food and barbecues are not permitted.
Racegoers in the Silver Ring and the Heath are allowed to bring a picnic into the enclosure, as long as it is carried in a picnic hamper or cool bag/box. Alcohol is limited to one bottle of wine or champagne per person, or four cans or bottles of beer, cider or pre-mixed aperitif. All bottles must have their seals intact, otherwise they may be confiscated. Spirits, fortified wines and Pimm's or similar are not allowed.
No drinks, food or snacks are permitted into Grandstand Admission.
Picnic in a Box
A range of immaculately-packaged 'Picnics in a Box' are available for those who prefer to dine outdoors, in the beautiful surroundings of the racecourse. For more information, or to purchase a Picnic in a Box, please call the Royal Ascot picnic booking line on +44 (0)844 346 3622. All picnics are inclusive of VAT and must be booked prior to the Royal Meeting.
5. Can we bring a picnic on other Ascot racedays?
Customers are welcome to bring a picnic as long as it is brought to the Racecourse in a picnic hamper or cool bag/box. The picnic areas are situated on the Plaza Lawns and undercover at the eastern end of the Concourse at Core 4, where picnic benches are provided. For the summer months, picnics are only permitted trackside in the designated picnic area to the East of the Grandstand and in the Old Paddock.
Any customers who picnic in other areas of the grounds or in the Grandstand will be asked to move and, in extreme circumstances, may be asked to leave the site altogether.
If you are attending with a large group and your picnic and alcohol is divided among your hampers, please ensure you all arrive together or split the alcohol evenly across the party. Otherwise individuals arriving with more alcohol than food will have to dispose of the excess alcohol.
Picnics are not permitted in the Premier Admission or internal areas.
Informal picnics are permitted in the car parks. However, formal entertaining will be stopped. Kitchen knives will not be permitted and will be confiscated upon entry.
We do not allow barbecues or hot food to be brought onto racecourse property. This includes all enclosures, coach and car parks.
6. During Royal Ascot, how long should we allow to get to our admission area before the Royal Procession?
Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your admission area, as walking times vary depending on your car or coach park. The Royal Procession begins at 2:00pm each day.
Please allow enough time for possible queues at the bag searching stations.
7. Where can I park?
We advise that you pre-book your car parking ticket in advance as there will be limited availability on each day, especially during Royal Ascot. For prices please visit the raceday event page that you wish to attend. Please call the Sales Team on +44 (0)844 346 3000 for further information.
Please ensure that your parking label is clearly displayed in the windscreen of your vehicle prior to your arrival at the racecourse.
Note that vehicles are not permitted to park on or along any of the public highways in the vicinity of the racecourse, and enforcement officers will be on patrol.
8. What are the food and drink options in my admission area?
There are many food and drink outlets to choose from in all enclosures. Please visit our Food and Drink section for more information.
9. Are there cash machines at the racecourse?
There are many ATM cash machines located in Grandstand Admission, and the Silver Ring during Royal Ascot. Be aware queues can be long, so it is always advisable to bring some cash with you on the day. A number of tote kiosks offer a cash-back service.
Please note some cash machines have a £2.95 service charge.
Racegoers are welcome to use our cash machines with no service charge. These are located at Cores 2 and 3 of the Grandstand Concourse.
10. Are there plenty of toilets during Royal Ascot?
Throughout the meeting we have additional temporary toilets located in all admission areas, car and coach parks.
11. Where can I stay locally?
We have a number of preferred hotels to choose from which offer exclusive discounts to Ascot Racecourse customers. View the online brochure for more information.
12. May I transfer between enclosures?
During Royal Ascot you may be able to upgrade from the Heath to the Silver Ring, and from the Silver Ring to Grandstand Admission, subject to availability and meeting the dress code requirements. Please note that upgrades to the Royal Enclosure are not permitted.
On other Ascot racedays, subject to availability on the day, you may be able to upgrade from Grandstand Admission to Premier Admission, provided the dress code requirements are met.
13. May I visit the Parade Ring?
During Royal Ascot, Royal Enclosure and Grandstand Admission ticket holders can visit the Parade Ring. There is no access to the Parade Ring from the Silver Ring or Heath Enclosure.
On other Ascot racedays, both Premier and Grandstand Admission racegoers can visit the Parade Ring.
Please note that drinks are not permitted around the Parade Ring.
14. What additional entertainment is there during the day and after racing?
On some racedays there will be entertainment after racing, such as music and fireworks. Please visit the event page for your chosen raceday to see what will be on.
During Royal Ascot, there is entertainment in both the Grandstand and Silver Ring enclosures.
- Grandstand Admission: Traditional singing around the Bandstand begins at 6pm and lasts for half an hour.
- Silver Ring: There is a live band playing throughout the day until 7pm.
15. Is there a Cloakroom?
During Royal Ascot, cloakrooms are available in the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand Admission enclosure, but space is limited. Visitors should therefore keep personal effects to a minimum, and alternative storage arrangements should be made wherever possible. Any bags left will be thoroughly searched. The Silver Ring and Heath Enclosures have no cloakroom facilities.
On other Ascot racedays, there is a cloakroom located in Ticket Office West, which is open to everyone. During our busier meetings - the Betfair Weekend King George Day, Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and QIPCO British Champions Day - an additional cloakroom is located in Stewards House near Ascot Reception. Please note that space is limited in the cloakrooms and visitors should therefore keep personal effects to a minimum, and alternative storage arrangements should be made wherever possible. The cloakroom will remain open for an hour after the last race.
16. Should I buy a Racecard?
A Racecard is an essential tool to guide you through your day. It provides details on the races, horses and jockeys, as well as what is happening on the raceday. A Racecard costs £4.50 at Royal Ascot and £3.50 at all other meetings and is available on the day from blue Racecard kiosks in all enclosures. If you would like to pre-order your Racecard, please call +44 (0)844 346 3000 or purchase one online.
17. How much do we need for betting?
The minimum bet at the tote is £2 and there are six races each day during Royal Ascot, and up to eight races on each other Ascot raceday. There are many tote kiosks in all admission areas, and the tote staff are always happy to help, should you have any questions.
You can also place a bet with bookmakers in all enclosures. The minimum bet varies between £2 and £5.
18. Is seating available?
Yes. Although limited, seating is available in all enclosures, from benches to tables and chairs, to tiered seating.
19. Can I bring furniture?
We have a blanket only policy throughout the year, and no other furniture is permitted on the racecourse. During Royal Ascot we allow blankets and fold away chairs into the Silver Ring and Heath Enclosures only.
If you are coming to an enclosure other than the Silver Ring or The Heath and need to bring a fold away chair due to a specific medical requirement, please contact our Access Officer on +44 (0)844 346 3610, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
20. May I take photographs?
Yes, but please note that photography is not permitted in the Parade Ring, or in the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot. You are welcome to take photographs in all public areas for personal and non-commercial use only, but please no flash photography near the horses.
21. May we have a party in the car or coach parks after racing?
To minimise disturbance to local residents, discos, barbeques, parties and the playing of loud music in the car and coach parks are not permitted at any time.
22. May I leave my car overnight?
Cars are not permitted to be left in car parks overnight. Any cars left after 9:00pm are likely to be removed.
23. Where can I find more information?
In advance of your visit, please check this website for the latest news and regular updates on Royal Ascot. You can also follow Ascot Racecourse on Facebook: http://facebook.com and Twitter: http://twitter.com/AscotInsider Once inside the racecourse, you can get further information from any of the blue kiosks located around the Grandstand or ask one of the Stewards.
24. How can I add my details to the mailing list?
Should you wish to receive information from Ascot Racecourse, please email your name, telephone number, postal or e-mail address to email@example.com or call the Sales Team on +44 (0)844 346 3000.
25. Where can I find information on Helicopter and Aviation services?
There is a helicopter landing facility close to the racecourse. It is not suitable for fixed wing private aircrafts. Please call Helicopter and Aviation Services on +44 (0)1427 718800 or fax +44 (0)1427 718811. The two nearest airfields are Fairoaks, Chobham +44 (0)1276 857 300) and White Waltham, Maidenhead +44 (0)1628 823 272), which are both approximately nine miles away.
26. Is there access to Wi-Fi?
Yes, a Wi-Fi code can be purchased from the Queen Anne Reception for £10, which will last for the raceday.
27. Can I use my mobile phone?
Yes. Mobiles are allowed in all enclosures, although please note that usage for betting purposes is not permitted.
28. Any further questions?
If your question has not been answered above, please call the Sales Team on +44 (0)844 346 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.