5The Duke of Edinburgh is located in Ascot. Famous for its racecourse, Ascot is conveniently situated for the commuter. Its main line railway station offers a 45 – 50 minute journey into London Waterloo and it is serviced by a network of motorways M3, M4, M25 and M40. Heathrow Airport is just 25 minutes away and Gatwick is within an hour’s travel. Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale all have thriving High Streets and a strong community spirit. The nearby towns of Windsor, Bracknell, Camberley, Reading, Woking and Guildford provide a wide range of facilities, health clubs, theatres and shops. Surrounded by countryside rich in natural beauty, Virginia Water Lake, Windsor Great Park and Savill Gardens all situated within a few miles. There are championship golf courses at Sunningdale and Wentworth, as well as local courses – Mill Ride, Swinley and The Berkshire, to mention but a few. There is, of course, horse racing at Ascot and Windsor, with Polo at Smiths Lawn and The Royal Berkshire Polo Club.
Ascot, town and racecourse, is located at the southern end of Windsor Great Park.
Architecturally, Ascot is a predominantly modern town dominated by the industries, shops, and services of nearby Windsor, except during June when it hosts the Royal Ascot race meeting on the racecourse on Ascot heath.
Royal Ascot Week, which is now over 5 days in June each year, is a great social and horse-racing occasion, attended by thousands of visitors, as well as by the British royal family, who arrive by carriage across Windsor Great Park. Read more on Royal Ascot here.
Ascot’s history is very interesting, with the first race meeting held in 1711, that’s 300 years ago this year! Read more on Ascot’s History here.
The Ascot race course official web site is here , where you can read the latest news and check the event schedule for up and coming race meetings. The race course was closed for 3 years in 2003 when there was a complete rebuilding of the race course’s main stand as well as some new major development at the race course, which was all completed ready for the Royal Ascot meeting in 2006.
The Ascot area has an excellent selection of state and private schools which makes the area especially popular with families. Read about local attractions here.
Royal Ascot Week is the main event of the year. The 5-day meeting is attended by thousands of race-going punters, with the ladies’ fashion high on the agenda.