Planning your Royal Ascot 2024 adventure? Dive into our guide where we reveal the best enclosures, insider pricing insights, and decode the dress code. Get ready to secure your premium tickets and immerse yourself in the ultimate Ascot experience.

Step into the world of Royal Ascot, where history, elegance, and the greatest racehorses from around the world meet on the lush greens of one of Britain's most iconic racecourses. Since its inception in 1711, Royal Ascot has been the epitome of sporting excellence and sophistication, drawing in fans from all corners of the globe.

Each year, this prestigious event attracts a star-studded crowd, including royalty and celebrities, all eager to soak up the atmosphere and witness the excitement of the races firsthand.

This year the event will return on 18th June, for five days of unmissable flat racing action. If you're new to Royal Ascot or it's been some time since you last sported your top hat and tails, there are a few things to consider before booking your place.

The most important decision? Finding the perfect enclosure for you! With four options, including the Queen Anne Enclosure and the exclusive Royal Enclosure, your decision impacts everything—from your attire to your dining experience. So, let us help you choose wisely as we explore Royal Ascot's iconic enclosures. We'll walk you through each option, ensuring you find the vibe that makes your day unforgettable.

So, let's dive in and unravel all there is to know about the enclosures and how to make the most of your Royal Ascot adventure.

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What enclosures are there at Royal Ascot?

Queen Anne's Enclosure

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Royal Ascot by exploring the Queen Anne Enclosure. Here, you'll get up close to the action with exclusive access to the Parade Ring, Bandstand, and Grandstand. Feel the excitement of top-tier racing and soak up the lively atmosphere around the Bandstand, where lively tunes keep the energy high after the races.

Satisfy your cravings with a glass of bubbly or indulge in a culinary delight at one of the many food spots. Whether you're in the mood for succulent steak and lobster at the 1768 Grill & Tea Room or prefer a quick bite from the pizza, bao, or toastie stalls, there's something to tantalize every palate.

Experience the unique ambiance of the Queen Anne Enclosure, where you'll be treated to the joyous Singing Around The Bandstand tradition after each day's racing—a moment not to be missed.

With exceptional views of the racing and Royal Procession from the trackside lawns and Grandstand viewing steps, you'll be at the heart of the action, capturing every thrilling moment.

And don't forget to catch the breathtaking view of the Royal Procession and the majestic horses from the Parade Ring steppings before and after each race.

Is Queen Anne's Enclosure covered?

You can catch all the thrilling racing action from the elevated covered terraces of the Ascot Grandstand. Plus, you and your guests can delight in the entertainment offerings spread across the enclosure's lush lawns.

Are there seats at Queen Anne's Enclosure?

You can secure seats by reserving Trackside Tables or Queen Anne Benches. Trackside Tables ensure seating for up to five guests, while Queen Anne Benches accommodate up to six guests. Both options are situated in the Home Straight section of the trackside lawns and include parasol shade or cover.

What hospitality packages include access to Queen Anne's Enclosure?

Royal Ascot hospitality packages ensure an unforgettable experience for you and your guests, with a range of premium perks included. From access to Queen Anne's Enclosure to exclusive bars and food stalls, each package offers something unique.

Ascot Pavilion Package: Starting from just £99 per person, the Ascot Pavilion package offers excellent value for money. It includes access to the Royal Procession Parade Ring, live entertainment at the Bandstand after the final race, exclusive bars and food stalls, and access to the Trackside Lawn and Grandstand Viewing steps.

The Gallery Balcony at Royal Ascot
Image: The Gallery Balcony at Royal Ascot

The Gallery Package: For a more luxurious experience, consider The Gallery package, starting from £725 per person. This brand-new suite boasts a private viewing balcony with uninterrupted views of the racing action and the Royal Procession. Guests enjoy a Prosecco Jeio reception, a three-course lunch, a complimentary bar, and full afternoon tea, among other perks.

On 5 Package: Alternatively, the On 5 package starts from £1,549 per person and grants access to The On 5 Restaurant on Level 5 of the Grandstand. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the action, a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne reception, fine dining, a complimentary bar, and more.

Old Paddock Package: For those seeking a charming setting, the Old Paddock package starts from £549 per person. It includes access to the Old Paddock Restaurant overlooking the Pre-Parade Ring, Prosecco on arrival, a three-course luncheon, complimentary bar, and afternoon tea.

Lawn Club Package: The Lawn Club package, starting from £839 per person, offers a modern dining area with track-facing views from an elevated terrace. Guests enjoy a Prosecco Jeio reception, buffet lunch, complimentary bar, and more.

The Deck Package: Finally, The Deck package, starting from £1,099 per person, provides a private enclave overlooking the track with access to the Queen Anne Enclosure. Guests enjoy Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne on arrival, a three-course set menu lunch, a complimentary bar, and full afternoon tea.

Is there a dress code for Queen Anne's Enclosure?

Wondering what to wear in the Queen Anne's Enclosure? Here's the lowdown: it's formal, so jeans are a no-go. Ladies can choose to wear either:

  • A dress or top and skirt, with shoulder or halter neck straps (lace and chiffon fabrics are allowed).
  • A trouser suit that's of matching material and colour.
  • A jumpsuit that falls below the knee and adheres to the shoulder strap requirements.
  • A hat, headpiece, or fascinator.

Men can wear:

  • A full-length two or three-piece suit. The jacket and trousers should be of matching material.
  • A collared shirt.
  • A necktie.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle.

The Royal Enclosure

The Royal Enclosure has an interesting backstory that goes back to 1807. Initially, it was set aside exclusively for King George III's family, guests, and Household to watch the first Gold Cup race. Fast forward to the mid-nineteenth century, when Emperor Nicholas I of Russia visited Ascot as a guest of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Their impromptu visit to the Winners' Enclosure, along with the King of Saxony, sparked concerns. This led to the enclosure of the area in front of the Royal Stand in 1845, making it the most exclusive part of the racecourse outside the Royal Stand itself.

Can anyone go to the Royal Enclosure at Ascot?

The Royal Enclosure remains an exclusive club, accessible only by invitation. To join, a new applicant must be sponsored by two eligible members living at different addresses, both over 18, with a £100 joining fee.

However, some hospitality packages grant access to the Royal Enclosure without the need for membership.

What hospitality packages include access to the Royal Enclosure?

Indulge in the epitome of luxury with Royal Ascot hospitality packages, promising a memorable experience for you and your guests. From access to the prestigious Royal Enclosure Gardens and private trackside viewing lawn, each package offers a bespoke and opulent touch.

Guests enjoying hospitality at the Sandringham at Royal Ascot
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Sandringham Package: Experience luxury starting from £1,449 per person with the Sandringham package. Nestled within the Royal Enclosure, enjoy the Lavender Courtyard between the track and the Royal Enclosure Gardens. Private tables for 2-12 guests ensure an intimate experience, while a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne reception sets the tone.

Indulge in a four-course luncheon by Ollie Dabbous, complemented by selected wines and liqueurs. Afternoon Tea served to your table with Moët & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne adds a delightful touch. Each couple receives one car park label for convenient parking.

Holyrood House Package: At £849 per person, the Holyrood House package offers Royal Enclosure access within the Royal Enclosure gardens. Enjoy informal indoor and outdoor dining spaces, and kick off your experience with a Moët and Chandon grand vintage reception or a signature cocktail.

Delight in a British tapas-style tasting menu curated by Michelin star chef Sally Abe, complemented by a complimentary bar throughout the day. Don't miss the Sally Abe-designed afternoon tea served alongside Moët and Chandon Imperial Rose Champagne. Each pair receives one car parking ticket.

The Parade Ring at Royal Ascot
Image: The Parade Ring

Parade Ring Package: Elevate your experience with the Parade Ring package, starting from £2,999 per person. Full-day access to The Royal Enclosure sets the stage for an unforgettable day. Centrally located on Level 2 of the Grandstand, enjoy a private balcony overlooking the Parade Ring.

Indulge in a five-course à la carte luncheon, accompanied by sommelier-selected fine wine pairings. The complimentary bar includes a selection of fine wines and liqueurs, Moët, Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne, and cocktails. Afternoon Tea served with Moët & Chandon Rosé Vintage Champagne adds a touch of elegance. Each pair receives complimentary parking.

The Wyndham Club Package: Indulge in sophistication with The Wyndham Club package, starting from £1,075 per person. Enjoy full-day access to The Royal Enclosure and The Wyndham Club, located in the Royal Enclosure Gardens. Private tables for two to twelve guests ensure an intimate setting, while a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2015 champagne reception sets the tone.

Delight in a four-course luncheon with a choice of main course, complemented by a complimentary bar offering fine wines, liqueurs, and Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Champagne. Each pair receives complimentary parking.

The Panoramic Restaurant Package:
Elevate your experience with The Panoramic Restaurant package, starting from £2,499 per person. Enjoy full-day access to The Royal Enclosure and Level 6 of the Grandstand, offering views across the track. Private tables for two to twelve guests ensure an intimate setting, while a Moët & Chandon Vintage Champagne reception sets the tone.

Indulge in a four-course luncheon and enjoy a complimentary bar offering fine wines, liqueurs, Moët, Chandon Imperial Vintage Champagne, and cocktails. Afternoon Tea served with Moët & Chandon Rosé Vintage Champagne adds a touch of luxury. Each pair receives complimentary parking.

Trackside Restaurant Package:
Savor the excitement with the Trackside Restaurant package, starting from £1,949 per person. Enjoy full-day access to The Royal Enclosure and the Trackside Restaurant on the concourse level of the Grandstand, offering a trackside position just after the winning post.

Enjoy a five-course à la carte luncheon and enjoy a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne reception. The complimentary bar offers fine wines, liqueurs, Moët, Chandon Imperial Vintage Champagne, and cocktails. Afternoon Tea served with Moët & Chandon Rosé Vintage Champagne adds a delightful touch. Each pair receives complimentary parking.

Windsor Forest Restaurant Package: Embrace elegance with the Windsor Forest Restaurant package, starting from £2,625 per person. Enjoy full-day access to The Royal Enclosure and the Windsor Forest Restaurant, offering an elevated trackside position just after the winning post on Grandstand level 2. Private tables for two to eight guests ensure an intimate setting, while a Moët & Chandon Vintage Champagne reception sets the tone.

Delight in welcome canapés and modern tapas dishes, followed by an à la carte lunch menu. The complimentary bar offers fine wines, liqueurs, Moët, Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne, and cocktails. Afternoon Tea served with Moët & Chandon Rosé Vintage Champagne adds a touch of luxury. Each pair receives complimentary parking.

Old Press Room Package: Experience luxury with the Old Press Room package, starting from £3,750 per person. Get full-day access to The Royal Enclosure and The Old Press Room, offering an elevated trackside position close to the winning post on Grandstand level 2. Private tables for two to ten guests ensure an intimate setting, while a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2015 champagne reception sets the tone.

You will also enjoy a six-course tasting menu presented by Tom Barnes, complemented by fine wine pairings. The complimentary bar offers fine wines, liqueurs, Moët, Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne, and cocktails. Afternoon Tea served with Moët & Chandon Rosé Vintage Champagne adds a touch of elegance. Each pair receives complimentary parking.

What is the dress code for the Royal Enclosure?

Curious about the attire for the Royal Enclosure? Here's the scoop: it's strictly formal. Ladies have the option to wear:

  • A dress or skirt falling just above the knee or longer.
  • Shoulder straps are allowed but must be a minimum width of 1 inch.
  • a jacket or pashmina may be work but tops and dresses underneath must comply.
  • A trouser suit of matching material and colour.
  • Hats must be worn. Headpieces or hatinators with a minimum base of 4 inches are also acceptable.

Men have the option to wear:

  • Black, grey or navy morning dress.
  • A waistcoat and necktie.
  • A black or grey top hat.
  • Black dress shoes must be worn with socks covering the ankle.

Village Enclosure

Experience British summertime at its finest in the Village Enclosure, offering a thrilling view of Ascot's racing action. With live music, al-fresco pop-ups, and eclectic street food stalls, it's a day of fun and festivity. Dress to impress in formal attire and indulge in luxurious dining upgrades.

As the racing excitement transitions into the evening, vibrant live music on the Main Stage sets the scene. Enjoy trackside views and culinary delights against the backdrop of the Ascot Grandstand. From DJ beats to jazz tunes, the Village Enclosure sets a unique tempo. The after-party ignites with music until 9npm, concluding a remarkable day at the races.

What hospitality packages include access to the Village Enclosure?

The Village: Experience The Village, starting from £499 per person, located trackside directly opposite the Grandstand. Dive into English eccentricity with a themed afternoon tea party and enjoy Village Enclosure access. Your reserved table for the day (private tables of 10 or more) ensures a comfortable setting.

Kick off your experience with a No1 Pimms reception, followed by a four-course lunch served at the table. Indulge in buffet-style desserts and cheeses. Enjoy a complimentary bar (excluding Champagne) and themed afternoon tea served buffet style. Plus, receive one car park pass per two guests, a racecard, and a Racing Paper.

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What is the dress code for the Village Enclosure at Ascot?

In the Village Enclosure, the dress code is similar to that of the Queen Anne Enclosure. Women are encouraged to don formal attire such as dresses or skirts paired with a top, a trouser suit, or a jumpsuit falling below the knee, along with a hat or fascinator.

For men, a suit jacket or blazer, full-length trousers or chinos, a collared shirt, and either a necktie, bow tie or cravat are recommended, accompanied by socks that cover the ankles.

Can you take alcohol in the Village Enclosure at Ascot?

Guests are not permitted to bring alcohol into the Village Enclosure.

What is the difference between the enclosures at Royal Ascot?

In the lineup of formality, the Royal Enclosure takes the crown for prestige, while the Queen Anne Enclosure follows suit with its own touch of sophistication. If you're after a more relaxed vibe, the Village and Windsor Enclosures offer a laid-back atmosphere to soak in the festivities.

Which enclosure is the best at Royal Ascot?

When it comes to the question of which enclosure reigns supreme at Ascot, the Royal Enclosure typically steals the spotlight. Reserved for members, their guests, and fortunate holders of Royal Enclosure badges, it boasts unparalleled exclusivity. With prime views of the racing action and a refined dining experience, it's the epitome of luxury.

However, it's worth noting that other enclosures also offer an incredible race day experience, each with its own unique charm and atmosphere.

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What is the cheapest enclosure at Royal Ascot?

The Queen Anne Enclosure hospitality packages stand out as the most budget-friendly premium experience available to book via Seat Unique, starting from just £99 per person.

Can you buy a box at Ascot?

Royal Ascot Private Box
Image: Royal Ascot Private Box

You can purchase private boxes on the Seat Unique platform, which comes with access to the Queen Anne Enclosure. These boxes are situated on levels 2 and 5 within the Grandstand and can accommodate 8 to 12 guests.

Each box includes a private table, complimentary bar throughout the event, Champagne upon arrival, a four-course luncheon, afternoon tea, and more. It's the ideal option for entertaining family, friends, clients, or colleagues.

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