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Area (sq km): 130,410
Population: 60,776,238
Nationality: English
Local Name: England
Language: English,
Time Zone: GMT
Currency: 1 pound = 100 pence
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: London
Dialling Code: +44
Electricity: 240V/50Hz
Internet Code: .uk
Religion: Anglican,
Roman Catholic,
Climate: Maritime
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
GDP: $1.93 trillion
Unemployment: 2.9%
Inoculations: None
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-17.30
Major Airports: Birmingham(BHX),

Horse racing and English cottages

Horse racing in England is an essential part of English culture. From holiday cottages in England you can visit such famous race meetings as Royal Ascot and the Grand National at Aintree. Study your history from English cottages and you will learn that the Romans organised the first horse races as early as 200 AD in Yorkshire.

Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot

Newmarket races

It was in Smithfield that Henry II organised England’s next major horse racing event and so began the legacy of horse racing in England. King Henry VIII brought in stallions and mares and in the centuries that followed thoroughbred horses began to make their mark. During the reign of James I, in the early 1600s, Newmarket became the centre of horse racing in England.

The first Gold Cup was in 1634. It was banned in 1654 by Oliver Cromwell who, incidentally, had a stud of his own. Charles II reintroduced horse racing, once again in Newmarket, and since then it has been a mainstay in English culture and in England’s economy. Book English cottages and visit some of the most famous horse racing courses in the world.

English cottages and Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse is one of the most illustrious horse racing meetings in the world. The first Royal Ascot meeting took place in 1711 at the behest of Queen Anne for whom one of the races is named. Other important races include the Jersey Stakes, the Coronation Stakes and the Ascot Gold Cup on Ladies’ Day. This four-day event is also a huge day on the English social calendar.

The royal family arrives at Royal Ascot by horse drawn carriage in a tradition dating back to the 18th Century. The royals adhere to a strict dress code including top hats and morning dress for the gentleman and hats and covered shoulders for the ladies.

Whilst it is true that much of Royal Ascot is a place to see and be seen, it is still England’s most attended race meeting with a purse of over £3,000,000! Choose from many English cottages now with VillasPeople.com and attend Royal Ascot, the greatest horse racing event in the world.

Grand National at Aintree Racecourse

The Grand National is the horse racing meeting when "even granny has a bet." The Grand National takes place in April and is the most famous National Hunt Handicap horse racing event in the world. Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse hosts the Grand National and you can book English cottages in the area to use as your base.

The steeplechase event is very dangerous and often results in injuries and fatalities. Because of this some of the jumps have reached legendary status like The Chair and Becher’s Brook. The Duke is one of England's most famed horses, winning the Grand National at it first meeting in 1836 and again in 1837.

Rent English cottages now and learn more about horse racing in England. With horse racing taking place at racecourses across the country, VillasPeople.com can help you find holiday cottages in England near to your favourite races.

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