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The Town of Ascot

The Town of Ascot

Ascot is a small historic British town with royal connections, close to impressive landmarks like Windsor Castle, and host to Royal Ascot at its famous racecourse.

A Quintessentially English Town…

The beautiful and rural location of Ascot is home to one of our 8-12 campuses, St Mary’s School, Ascot. The tranquil surroundings makes Ascot a great place for ORA’s younger students to explore their academic potential, as the countryside location means students are free from external distractions.

Even though Ascot is based in the countryside, it is very well connected. The town is located in East Berkshire, 6 miles south of Windsor and 35 miles west of London, with close connections to both London and Heathrow Airport.

horse and carriage at royale Ascot racecourse

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot hosts arguably the world’s most famous and prestigious race meeting, Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. The Royal Meeting runs for five days and it is filled with heritage, racing, high fashion, fine dining and pageantry. The event is extremely popular and is attended by the most elite members of society, including Royalty.

road to windsor castle


6 miles south of Ascot is Windsor, a town on the River Thames which is known for being home to the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Windsor Castle was built in the 11th century, and has since been home to 39 monarchs. Today, it is where the Queen spends most of her private weekends. It is notable for its beautiful architecture and it is open to visitors throughout the year.

glassland with trees and lake

The Berkshire Downs

Ascot is located in Berkshire, recognised as a Royal county by the Queen in 1957 due to the presence of Windsor Castle. The rural county occupies the valleys of the middle of the Thames, and is home to the Berkshire Downs. The Downs are grass-covered hills which are composed of chalk, and they are known as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that offers beautiful views.

Map of Ascot

Explore the surrounding area of Ascot, Berkshire.


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