UK Travel Guide



Ascot in Berkshire

This town is best known for the world’s most famous racecourse, Ascot. Formerly the village of East Cote, the town got turned around in 1711, when Queen Anne was riding and saw a clearing on the edge of the village. She thought that it would be a wonderful place to have a racecourse, and so one was built there. After Queen Anne died in 1714, Ascot racecourse was closed down until the Duke of Cumberland revived it in 1744. Racing began again in the summer of 1768 and has continued into the present. Racing at Royal Ascot takes place over four days and is the highlight of the summer racing programme. It is an international attraction, famous for fashion, particularly on Ladies Day.