Guide to Royal Ascot Enclosures: Options & Entry
The British sporting calendar wouldn’t be complete without the racing spectacular that is Royal Ascot.
In 2022, Royal Ascot is set to be even more spectacular as the week’s races take on a royal theme in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
With more than 200,000 racegoers set to attend the crown jewel in the summer sporting calendar, some of which may be royalty and world-famous celebrities, it’s only fitting to know what to expect.
If you’re visiting Royal Ascot this year and the enclosures and policies are foreign to you – fear not! We’ve uncovered all there is to know about the four enclosures at Royal Ascot – Royal Enclosure, Queen Anne Enclosure, Village Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure – to help you make the most out of this momentous event.
The Royal Enclosure
While the origins of the Royal Enclosure can be traced back to 1807, the area used by current racegoers was conceived in 1822 by King George IV.
He commissioned a two-storey stand with a surrounding lawn reserved for the exclusive use of the Royal Family and their guests to ensure privacy, exclusivity and security.
According to records, it wasn’t officially called the Royal Enclosure until 1845 when Russian Emperor Nicholas I visited Ascot for the first time as a guest of Queen Victoria. During the same year, an incident prompted authorities to enclose the area in front of the Royal Stand in 1845, making it the most exclusive section of the event.
Until this day, the Royal Enclosure remains the most exclusive area of Ascot Racecourse, with access to the enclosure based on invitation-only membership.
How to Become a Royal Enclosure Member
How one gains access to the Royal Enclosure is part of the mystique of Royal Ascot.
Today, the Royal Enclosure, which has evolved and expanded over the years, remains an invitation-only facility. While the application itself is relatively simple, those that want to apply for membership must submit letters of recommendation from two current Royal Enclosure members.
Both individuals must have been Royal Enclosure members for at least four years. Please be aware that a married couple counts as one referral and members living at the same address cannot sponsor the same applicant.
Alternatively, gain access to the Royal Enclosure by attending as a current member’s guest or by booking a reservation at one of the few designated Royal Enclosure restaurants, which comes complete with the day badge.
Besides gaining entry to the most exclusive area of Royal Ascot, members will also have access to:
- A private trackside viewing lawn adjacent to the Winning Post
- A fourth-floor vantage point from iconic Grandstand
- Dedicated area around the Parade Ring
- A historic car park
- Royal Enclosure Gardens
Children between the ages of 10 and 17 can attend the Royal Enclosure with their parents on the last three days of the racing extravaganza, but you must book badges in advance. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted into the facility.
Upgrade Your Royal Enclosure Ticket
Why not make your visit to the most exclusive area of Royal Ascot more unique by indulging in a first-class hospitality experience?
Balmoral Hospitality Package
Located adjacent to the Royal Enclosure Gardens, the Balmoral Restaurant is synonymous with style and sophistication.
Enjoy a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne reception, three-course signature menu and complimentary bar throughout the day. With stunning views of the racing action, five-star service and delectable dishes, Balmoral is a haven for racing purists.
Royal Enclosure FAQs
Do you have to pay to become a Royal Enclosure member?
A joining fee of £100 applies to each applicant.
Are upgrades available in the Royal Enclosure?
Enhance your Royal Enclosure experience by booking a place in the Loges or Winning Post Gazebos, available exclusively to members.
Is there a separate dress code for the Royal Enclosure?
Guests with Royal Enclosure badges must follow a formal dress code.
Gentlemen are required to wear black, grey or navy morning dress and a black or grey top hat. Women are asked to wear formal daywear, with dresses and skirts falling to the knee or lower. Trouser suits and jumpsuits are also acceptable but must match regulations for dresses.
Please read our ultimate style guide for further information on Royal Ascot Dress Code.
Queen Anne Enclosure
The Queen Anne Enclosure is the equivalent of flying business class and is the only public enclosure at Ascot Racecourse that offers views of the renowned Parade Ring.
While it might not be the most exclusive area of the course, it epitomises everything that is Royal Ascot. Queen Anne Enclosure badge holders will enjoy unrivalled views of the action, beautiful woodlands and atmospheric terraces to watch the racing and Royal Procession.
Although guests will need to adhere to a dress code, rules for the Queen Anne Enclosure are less strict than the Royal Enclosure, making it the ideal base for entertaining. It’s best experienced at one’s own leisure, so make sure you get to Ascot Racecourse early to beat the queues.
Enhance Your Day
Make your trip to the UK’s most expensive flat meeting more memorable by upgrading your Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure experience to include hospitality.
Ascot Pavilion Hospitality Package
Situated at the epicentre of Ascot Racecourse, the Pavilion offers guests a vibrant atmosphere to enjoy a fine dining experience, complete with a complimentary bar and Afternoon tea.
Ascot Pavilion embodies everything Royal Ascot is celebrated for – prestige, tradition and elegance. It’s perfect for racegoers who want to combine excellent food with world-class racing and has been the preferred choice among our corporate clients for years.
Gallery Hospitality Package
Enjoy unrivalled views of the home straight from a private balcony with a glass of Champagne in hand from within the luxurious Gallery hospitality facility.
The second-floor suite provides guests with a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a day at the races and makes for an ideal entertaining setting for guests and clients.
Furlong Club Hospitality Package
With uninterrupted views of the home straight from a private balcony, the Furlong Club is hard to overlook.
Indulge in a glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne on arrival before marking your visit to Royal Ascot with a Chefs’ station dining experience and signature menu served to your private table.
Lawn Club Hospitality Package
The Lawn Club is a must for racing enthusiasts, boasting panoramic views of the finishing straight and the Royal Procession.
The track-facing facility which features an exclusive elevated balcony is extremely popular with our clients and located just a stone’s throw away from the Winners’ Enclosure and Parade Ring.
Queen Anne Enclosure FAQs
Will I get direct access to the Bandstand?
The Queen Anne Enclosure is the only public enclosure that grants guests access to the Bandstand on the Plaza Lawns, with the Singing Around the Bandstand highlight taking place at 6.40pm each day.
Are children allowed in the Queen Anne Enclosure?
Children are permitted entry to the Queen Anne Enclosure. Children passes are limited to four per guest and cost £15 for those aged between 10-17. Children under the age of 10 can attend free of charge.
Can I purchase Royal Ascot tickets on the day?
Yes, you can purchase Royal Ascot tickets on the day subject to availability.
The Village Enclosure is relatively new to Royal Ascot, having launched in 2017. However, it has much to offer, and its location within the centre of Ascot Racecourse gives guests a unique perspective of the racing action.
While racegoers are encouraged to don formal attire, the dress code in the Village Enclosure is less formal and with live music until 9pm, al fresco dining and trendy bars, this area epitomises the best of contemporary British summertime.
After temporarily closing for two years during the coronavirus pandemic, the Village Enclosure returns in 2022 with even more to offer.
Enhance Your Day
Make your trip to the UK’s most famous racecourse more memorable with a hospitality package in the Village Enclosure.
Ascot Village Hospitality Package
Ascot Village, also known as “The Restaurant in the Village”, features inventive dining and impressive views of the final straight for you and your guests to witness the racing action unfold.
Situated on the Heath, Ascot Village provides a modern twist on corporate entertainment with DJs, live music and a Prosecco Brut reception against the backdrop of the renowned Grandstand.
Villiers Club Hospitality Package
Located in a private area and a short stroll away from the eclectic entertainment that the Village Enclosure offers, the Villiers Club is hard to overlook.
The club facility is one of Ascot Racecourse’s leading social spots, featuring trackside viewing lawns and tapas-style dishes – it’s the perfect setting for entertaining friends, family and guests.
Village Enclosure FAQs
Do I need a COVID pass to attend the Village Enclosure?
Following the most recent announcement regarding coronavirus restrictions, guests will not need to provide proof of vaccination status or a negative COVID test when attending Royal Ascot.
Is there car parking for Village Enclosure guests?
Guests with Village Enclosure badges can book designated car parking when purchasing Royal Ascot tickets or at a later date.
What is the Village Enclosure dress code at Royal Ascot?
While the dress code is less strict in the Village Enclosure, ladies must still wear a hat, fascinator or headpiece at all times. Strapless and sheer dresses or skirts are also not acceptable.
Men are required to wear full-length trousers and a jacket with a collared shirt and tie. Visit our Royal Ascot style guide for further information on the Village Enclosure dress code.
If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere at Royal Ascot, the Windsor Enclosure might be the perfect option.
Located alongside the Straight Mile on the same side as the Grandstand, the Windsor Enclosure places racegoers at the heart of the action. Enjoy close-up views of the Royal Procession and be the first to see the horses romp towards the finishing line.
Like the Village Enclosure, the Windsor Enclosure boasts a vibrant atmosphere with live music, casual dining options and picnics on the lawn. Bring your own picnic or book a picnic hamper to collect when you arrive and enjoy a day at the races on a dedicated lawn of 78 tables.
Windsor Enclosure FAQs
Are there food and drink options in the Windsor Enclosure at Royal Ascot?
British classic and street food pop-up shops are available in the Windsor Enclosure. For access to more premium food options at Royal Ascot, you might want to consider upgrading your ticket to a hospitality package or booking Village Enclosure badges.
Are children allowed in the Windsor Enclosure?
Children are permitted entry to the Windsor Enclosure. Tickets for children aged between 10-17 cost £15 and are restricted to four per transaction. Kids under ten can attend for free.
Do I need proof of ID to visit Royal Ascot?
We advise having a form of identification on your person as Ascot Racecourse performs random proof of identity checks on racegoers upon arrival. Failure to provide photo ID could see guests denied entry to Royal Ascot.