The town of Ascot is defined by it’s racetrack, and rightfully so. Since Queen Ann founded the track back in 1711, it has remained the most prestigious and popular horse racing venue in Britain. Every year many royals along with thousands of horse racing enthusiasts attend over 12 different events over 26 days.
However, there’s much more to do in Ascot and greater Berkshire than simply bet on the horses. Whether you’re in Ascot for the Royal Ascot week or simply want to take a day trip outside of London, below are the top 4 things to do in and around Ascot.
1) Visit Ascot Racetrack
Needless to say, Ascot racetrack takes the crown as the number one thing to do in Ascot. And if you’re going to visit, you might as well visit for the most historic racing weeks of the year, The Royal Ascot. On this week the royal family takes part in a procession at 2p sharp. But be sure to get there early to secure a good seat.
Even if there isn’t a race going on, this historic and 70,000 capacity track is a sight to behold.
2) Watch The Race From An Ascot Pub
If you Royal Ascot crowds but still want to take part in the festivities, head over to a local pub. Just one mile away from racecourse, just off Windsor Ascot road, lies The Duke Of Edinburgh Pub. It’s the perfect place to enjoy unpretentious local fare, have a drink or few, or even bet on your favorite horses online on Prince of Wales’s Stakes Day.
3) Head Over To Windsor Castle
If you bet enough money away or are simply tired of the races, why not take a 6 mile trip to Windsor Castle, one of the oldest and larges occupied castles in the world. For just 20 quid you’ll get access to State Apartments, St. Georges Chapel, Queen Mary’s Doll Room, the current exhibition, and many other rooms and events in and around the Castle.
4) Thorp Park Resort
Not far from Ascot lies one of the most popular theme parks in the country, Thorp Park. Although at 50 pounds, tickets are a bit pricey, given the amount the attractions at the park, it’s a great place to spend the day with family or friends.
Although the Ascot racetrack is arguably the most popular thing to do in Ascot, there are plenty of other exciting things to do in Ascot and the surrounding region. From the historic Windsor Castle to modern high speed roller coasters, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.