Horseracing is a skill that is admired the world over. If you too, are a fan, and if racing horses gives you a thrill, you should head to the Ascot Racecourse. Sure, it doesn’t sound like something a tourist would indulge in, but why stick to clichéd guided tours, when you can see a whole new side to the British high society?
The Ascot Racecourse is the most famous racecourse in the United Kingdom, and hosts nine of England’s 32 annual Group 1 races. Located in the small town of Ascot in Berkshire, it is just six miles from the Windsor Castle and has a close association with the British Royal Family. It is used for thoroughbred horse racing and stages twenty-six days of racing in a year.
If you plan to visit Ascot during the months of June and July, you will be able to be a part of The Royal Meeting for the Gold Cup race and also the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the most prestigious race to be run here. These races are attended by some of Britain’s top brass and are a real treat to watch.
A group outing can be planned for large number of guests which includes several catering options and packages, along with the best choices for viewing, betting and refreshments. If you don’t wish to be a part of the group, there are several options from where to view the races. The Pre Parade Ring to view the horses being saddled, the Parade Ring to get an eyeful of the thoroughbreds, the Horsewalk where the horses come out, the Track to watch as the horses zip past, the Unsaddling Enclosure, to where the jockeys and horses return and the Winner’s Enclosure to see the Winner bask in his glory!
If luck is on your side, you can even try your hand at betting at the many tote kiosks situated throughout the racecourse. You can also make a bet at betting shops, located in the Grandstand on the Concourse and in the Pavilion or at betting rings with individual bookmakers in front of the Grandstand.
Visit the Ascot Racecourse, and experience Britain in a new light and take back a great story to tell all at home!