You can’t utter Ascot without thinking of race horsing, and while it’s a town dominated by the racecourse, there’s a lot more to do than watch the horses. It’s where Prince Harry spent the night before his wedding to Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and a favourite place of many other royals. But where should you go there? We’ve found the best spots in Ascot for you to pay a visit to.
Where to stay in Ascot
Set in acres of meadow-like grounds, Coworth Park is seriously handsome and just a hop, skip and a jump from Ascot Racecourse. The hotel’s suites are as grand as they come, with high ceilings, canopied beds and views over the polo fields, while the split-level stable bedrooms are more contemporary. It’s refined, but you can still head to the spa in your robe without the worry of puzzled glances from fellow guests – who included Prince Harry the night before his wedding. Of all the lounging spaces in which to sip an afternoon G&T (and there are a few), the sun terrace that leads to the rose-scented gardens is without doubt the loveliest.
What to see in Ascot
Royal Ascot is the most anticipated racing event on the summertime social calendar, but the landscapes surrounding the racecourse offer plenty for the horse-averse. The woodland pathways bordering Virginia Water lake in Windsor Great Park are perfect for a bike ride, while keen golfers can practise their swing on the 18-hole championship courses at the Wentworth Club.
Where to indulge in Ascot
Decked out in calming alabaster tones, the spa at Coworth Park is the ultimate space to recalibrate. The Signature Spa Day is appropriately indulgent, starting with a cup of mint-infused tea, after which you’re treated to a 95-minute full-body extravaganza. Except for a two-course lunch in The Spatisserie, the afternoon is yours to swim or snooze as you please.
Where to eat in Ascot
Enjoy mouth wateringly good Chinese dishes at Aya Court, or Restaurant Coworth Park serves a marvellous blend of out-there creative plates and exquisitely executed classics. At Ascot Racecourse itself, the Furlong Restaurant is home to a spectacular live cooking theatre featuring all manner of tasty treats, from Royal Estate lamb cutlets to marinated halloumi with a caper and lime relish.