Windsor Racecourse, also known as Royal Windsor Racecourse, had its first race meeting in 1866, located in Windsor, Berkshire, England. It is on the banks of the River Thames and occupies a large island between the River’s main channel and the Clewer Mill Stream backwater. It is a racecourse that was permitted to operate race meetings during both wars among the few. National hunt jump racing was abandoned and switched entirely to Flat racing in December 1998.
Currently owned by Arena Leisure PLC and one of the only two figure-of-eight courses in the United Kingdom, the other being at Fontwell Park. It is also widely acknowledged as one of the country’s premier tracks. The track was also the location for scenes in Last Orders and Midsomer Murders Season 8-episode Bantling Boy. It also supported the 2012 Summer Olympics by creating a temporary bridge linking the racecourse with Dorney Lake, the rowing and canoeing venue. The racecourse served as a pick-up and drop-off point for spectators traveling to and from Dorney Lake. It hosts 27 flat races a year from April to October with five notable races: Royal Windsor Stakes, Leisure Stakes, Midsummer Stakes, August Stakes, and Winter Hill Stakes.
The home is 165 acres with course type as Flat and neither primarily left-handed nor right, but both. The home straight is about five furlongs long, with a slight kink in the track three furlongs out. The bends are tight, and due to the track’s layout, the longest race it can accommodate is 1 mile 3 furlongs.
It offers three enclosures, first is the Club Enclosure. It gives access to the Club, Grandstand and Silver Ring Enclosures, Centre of the Course, and Paddock Lawn. A host of bars and three restaurants are all available within the enclosure. The second one is the Grandstand Enclosure located within 75 yards of the winning post that gives access to the Silver Ring Enclosure, Centre of the Course, and Paddock Lawn. It also has a host of bars and the popular Castle Restaurant. Lastly, the Silver Ring Enclosure is only open from May to August and closed from April to October. It is located approximately 150 yards from the winning post, the only area on the course where you can bring your own picnic; however, it prohibits any alcohol brought in from outside the racecourse. Only alcohol purchased on site can be consumed, and any alcohol found otherwise will be confiscated and not returned.