29 January 2019
700 years ago Windsor Great Park was enclosed as a royal hunting ground, and it is easy to imagine the kings of England and assorted noblemen arranging contests between each other’s horses. Races took place there and at Datchet Mead during the reign of Henry VIII. Flat racing at Royal Windsor Racecourse began on Rays Meadow, the current site, in 1866. It was established by John Frail, who graduated from humble beginnings as a barber to managing Disraeli’s election campaigns in the Midlands. He and his family went on to own and run a number of racecourses.
As Home Secretary Winston Churchill introduced a new Betting Tax in 1926, to almost universal displeasure. On its first day bookmakers at the Windsor race meeting went on strike, refusing to take bets from punters. The tax was scrapped a few years later. Churchill was forgiven by the time he developed an interest in racing and bought some racehorses. His most popular horse, Colonist II, won at Windsor in 1949.
In the 1960s the Monday Night Racing meetings were instituted, which today stretch from April – October. Royal Windsor Racecourse hit the headlines in October 2012 when champion jockey Richard Hughes rode a fantastic seven winners in one afternoon. Windsor had another claim to fame when the reimagining of Monday Night Racing won the Operational Excellence Award at The RCA Showcase & Awards in November 2018.
Set on its own island and 165 acres of stunning Berkshire countryside, on the River Thames and in the shadow of Windsor Castle, Royal Windsor Racecourse is the perfect destination for racing and events and the place to be on a summer’s evening. The friendly, colourful and exciting atmosphere makes for a memorable and thrilling experience each and every time. We are also proud to say that they are the only racecourse located on an island, one of only three figure of eight courses in the UK and the only racecourse in the country where you can arrive in style by catching a river boat from Windsor Town centre promenade. Enjoy a drink on the River Thames before stepping off onto the racecourse’s private jetty.
With 27 racing fixtures between April and October, featuring the famous and historic Monday Night Racing, Gentlemen’s Day and Music Live, Royal Windsor Racecourse offers a vibrant, social and unique racing experience, stunning settings and first-class hospitality. Royal Windsor promises to add some colour to your racing diary with an innovative racing programme.
Indulge in a selection of culinary experiences across three luxurious restaurants, including our track-facing restaurant 1866, our al fresco dining restaurant, The Deck and brand new for 2019, Gastro@Royal Windsor, our unique steakhouse, where you can expect to be served mouth-watering cuts of steak within a beautiful dining space located within our Victorian Grandstand.
If you’re searching for that unique setting, look no further. The racecourse can offer an exceptional location to dazzle friends, family or clients. The relaxed atmosphere of your private box with food and drinks options to suit all tastes, offers you the chance to entertain or celebrate while watching the thrilling racing action unfold from the luxury of your own private viewing balcony.
Windsor & Racecourse
We are happy to introduce this Sport of Kings Package at Royal Windsor
Racecourse staying in either a 3*, 4* and 5* property within the Windsor area.
Based on two people sharing for two nights (inclusive of breakfast) and one day at the races, with private transfers to and from the racecourse. Prices start from:
AED 2,9600 Inc. vat – 2 nights stay at Holiday Inn Express Windsor (3*)
AED 3,750 Inc. vat – 2 nights stay at the- Macdonald Windsor Hotel (4*)
AED 6,650 Inc. vat 2 nights The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel (5*)
*rates and availability maybe subject to change depending on race day chosen.