Windsor Racecourse is situated between Windsor and Maidenhead and has excellent access to most major motorway networks and rail services. The course is laid out in the form of a figure eight just over a mile and a half in length, the final five furlongs of which are virtually straight. Six furlong races start on an extension to this straight. There are three different areas:the Club enclosure, the Grandstand Enclosure and the Silver Ring. All enclosures have TOTE betting facilities, bookmakers and access to the centre of the course. The Club Enclosure gives you access to all public areas, bars and restaurants and allows entry to the Members Lawn, Paddock lawn, Parade Ring, Pre-Parade Ring & Silver Ring areas. The Club Enclosure also has the prime position next to the winning post.
Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world, and the oldest in continuous occupation (over 900 years). It is one of the Queen's three official residences, and is often said to be her favourite. The Royal Standard flies over the Round Tower of Windsor Castle when the Queen is in residence - at other times, the Union Jack flag flies in its place.Samuel Pepys proclaimed the Castle to be "the most romantique castle that is in the world". That was in 1666, and the same is true today.The origins of Windsor were in the 7th century Saxon settlement of Windlesora, where the present day village of Old Windsor is located. The town of Windsor is correctly known as "New Windsor" - the word "new" being used in a strictly relative sense!Windsor Castle was first built by William the Conqueror, following his invasion of England in 1066. The original structure was built from timber with earth fortifications. The Castle held an obvious strategic position on a steep hill overlooking the River Thames, and was part of a ring of castles around London, with the Tower of London, one day's march away, at its heart. The Castle was later rebuilt in stone, and grew in importance over the years. Henry II constructed the Round Tower and the original stone outer wall. Following the English Civil War, the Castle's primary role became that of a royal palace. The Castle has remained largely unchanged since the early nineteenth century, apart from the restoration work following the fire.The Fire of Windsor Castle took place on 20 November 1992 - ironically the 45th wedding anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. During work on some of the State Rooms in the castle, a fire broke out in the north-east part of the Castle and rapidly spread to engulf many rooms. Fortunately most treasures and works of art had been removed temporarily and so few items were lost, although over 100 rooms in the Castle were badly damaged or destroyed. The fire took 250 firefighters some 15 hours to extinguish. The Castle was renovated, the aim being to restore the damaged rooms to their former glory using authentic materials and craftsmanship, and was re-opened in 1997 after five years of work. The cost of the renovation was 37 million pounds.
Heathrow Airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and the disabled. In addition, a full range of 1st class airport services are offered. Public transportation to and from the airport is reliable and frequent with a choice of trains, coaches, Heathrow express, taxis and car hire. Those wishing to drive to the airport will find it easily accessible and well sign posted from the access roads. The airport offers a range of valet, short and long stay parking as well as petrol stations. London Heathrow Airport handles roughly 64 million passengers a year and demand is always growing.
Ascot, founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, is one of the world's greatest racecourses. It was while Queen Anne was out riding on the edge of Windsor Great Park that she noticed a natural clearing near the villge of East Cote, now called Ascot. Queen Anne ordered a course to be laid out 'for horses to gallop at full stretch' and so the Royal Racecourse was born. The first four-day Royal Meeting was held in June 1768 and it has continued to the present day. Today Ascot Racecourse stages 27 days of the highest quality flat and National Hunt racing throughout the year. Royal Ascot is internationally renowned as a sporting and social occasion, where tradition, pageantry, fashion and style all meet in a glorious setting.
The course benefits from a sustained programme of conservation and management. The original features have been preserved and enhanced, using modern greenkeeping methods and machinery. A forestry and heathland conservation programme is in place, and the Clubs policy is to ensure the long-term future of its outstanding asset. The sandy heathland has excellent drainage properties, resulting in fine year-round golfing conditions. Our own natural resource, a bore hole, provides a comprehensive irrigation system serving tees, fairways and greens. The new clubhouse, which was built in 1990, provides modern locker rooms with shower and changing facilities. Situated between the 10th & 11th holes you will find the halfway hut where you are able to purchase bacon sandwiches, coffee and other light refreshments.
For over 500 years, Hampton Court Palace has stood serenely on the banks of the River Thames. Many important historical figures, including 12 monarchs, have fallen helplessly for her charms. Will you join them? One of Henry VIII's most enduring passions was for the palace on the Thames. To this day, you can still experience the beauty that so enthralled him, as you stroll around six acres of magnificent buildings. Each and every corner will capture your heart. Beneath the colonnade in Clock Court is the entrance to the King's Apartments lovingly restored to their full glory after the fire of 1986. Here, you'll find the King's Great Bedchamber and his Eating Room as well as the magnificent King's Staircase.
Wentworth Golf Club is a 5 minute drive from The Royal Standard Guest House. They host a number of events throughout the year.
Royal Holloway College was founded by the Victorian entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway in 1886.Royal Holloway is a beautiful university which hosts many events throughout the year and is a great attraction to see when in the area. Royal Holloway is a 10 minute drive from The Royal Standard
Theme Park which is only a 10 minute drive away from The Royal Standard.