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Plan your visit

Before you buy

Enclosures and Upgrades

We have a choice of seven enclosures available at Chester, along with a number of pre-bookable restaurant packages and private hospitality options.

Although prices differ for each fixture, enclosure tickets start at just £10 for adults on the Open Course, ranging up to £90 for The Winning Post Enclosure.

Children aged 17 and under who are accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge every raceday at Chester across all enclosures.*

Upgrades on the day are available. Please be advised that you must adhere to the dress code applicable in the enclosure you wish to upgrade to and available places are  issued on a first come first served basis.

*Excluding The Winning Post where children are not permitted.

Upgrades between enclosures are available on the day but are subject to availability.

Group Bookings

Getting a group of friends together for racing can be a lot of fun and can create lots of lovely memories.

For every 10 Dee Stand or Open Course tickets purchased, you will receive one free ticket, through our 'Buy 10 Tickets - Get One Free' scheme, click here for more information. Discount will be applied at point of checkout via any online purchase.

We also have very special offers on Tattersalls and County Stand tickets for selected fixtures - click here to view the offers available.

For further information and to purchase your tickets over the phone, please call the Box Office on 01244 304 610.

Accessibility

Chester Racecourse is DDI compliant, however, owing to the age of some of the grandstands, suitability does vary. Should you have access requirements, it is advisable to call the Box Office on 01244 304 610 ahead of your purchase.

Alternatively, a full breakdown of accessibility information can be viewed online here: DisabledGo.

Arrival times

Chester Races is a great day out, and to capitalise on your time, we encourage you to arrive early. Typically, gates open two hours prior to the first race, normally 11.30am on a daytime fixture.

On arriving at the Racecourse your bag will be checked by a member of our security team. We advise only bringing a bag if it is essential. This will help to reduce your queuing times, as will correctly adhering to the applicable dress code.

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Which areas of the Racecourse can I access?

The Racecourse maps below display the areas you'll be able to access once on-course, depending on the type of badge or ticket you hold.

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Kids go free

Children aged 17 and under are admitted free into all enclosures of the Racecourse, every raceday at Chester - when accompanied by a full-paying adult.  No tickets are necessary; however, children entering the County Enclosure or County Long Room do require a junior badge which can be picked up from the Box Office on your race day. Call 01244 304 610 for more information.

Racing and Polo are both family friendly activities at Chester Racecourse and are great opportunities to get outdoors with the family in the summer months. 

Free activities for children are often provided on raceday on the Open Course, further information will be published in advance of corresponding racedays online within the news section of the website here and via our official social media channels.

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Dress code

Regardless of the type of badge or ticket you hold, a day at the races is the perfect opportunity to up the stakes, dress in your finery and enjoy the glamour of Chester’s stylish surroundings in the company of family and friends.

Click here to view our exclusive guide to dressing for Chester Races in 2017.

Alternatively, read a summary of the dress code in each area of the Racecourse below.

Hospitality, County & Winning Post Enclosure Dress Code

Customers in the County Long Room, Concourse and Winning Post Enclosure as well as hospitality and restaurant guests, must observe a strict dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear a suit jacket, collar and tie, ladies are required to wear smart dress. No denim or sportswear is permitted.

Tattersalls Dress Code

For Tattersalls, the rule is slightly more relaxed and smart casual is usually adopted, this includes smart jeans and buttoned shirts for gents. However, we encourage smart dress code in all enclosures so feel free to dress up and enjoy the occasion. Please note that shorts or sports wear, including trainers of any kind are prohibited in this enclosure. 

Dee Stand & Open Course Dress Code

These enclosures are more relaxed and don't operate a strict dress code, it is advisable to dress for the elements, however, don't forget a day at the races is an opportunity to dress up. Please note, should you wish to upgrade to Tattersalls on the day, shorts, sports wear and trainers will not be permitted. 

Fancy Dress & Promotional Clothing 

In addition to the specific dress codes, novelty (fancy dress) clothing is only allowed in the Dee enclosure & Open Course. If deemed to be offensive or inappropriate in any way the Race Company has the right to prevent the wearer from coming into the Racecourse.

Branded / promotional clothing is not allowed on the course. 

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Raceday tours

Get behind the scenes

Find out what goes into a day at the races and get behind the scenes with a raceday tour. Watch the horses arrive in the stables, get a rare close-up view of the prestigious Chester Cup and Chester Vase, plus much more! 

Tours can be booked when buying your tickets and must be purchased in advance. Places are strictly limited and issued on a first come first served basis. Tours can be purchased online with ticket/badge purchase or over the phone. Call the Box Office on 01244 304 610.

Tour duration 1 hour
Start time 11.30am
Cost £15 per person (inc racecard)*


*Only available in conjunction with a County/Long Room badge or Tattersall ticket purchased in advance.

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Getting to the races

How do I get to Chester Racecourse?

Chester Racecourse is located in the heart of the historic city of Chester and is easily accessible by the rail network and road and is signposted from all major routes. We recommend you allow plenty of time to make your journey, enabling you to arrive early to take advantage of the full raceday experience.

On racedays, road closures around the racecourse are normal with pedestrian access only to and from the racecourse to allow the thousands of racegoers to walk to and from the course safely. Information on road closures can be viewed here.

By Rail

Leave the car at home and get to the races by train with Merseyrail. Services run frequently between Chester and Liverpool throughout the day. Enjoy unlimited off-peak travel on the Merseyrail network for just £5.10 with a Day Saver or £11 for a Family Ticket (up to two adults and three children aged 5 -15).

Passengers travelling from stations between Hooton or Ellesmere Port to Chester should buy a One Zone Day Saver for £3.80 from their local station before travelling.

 

Ticket Type Price
Adult £5.10
Under 18's  £2.55
Family Ticket £11

 

To find out more about Merseyrail, please visit their website

 

Parking

Cars

Car parking is available on the Open Course, which is located in the centre of the Racecourse. Parking can be purchased on the day but may be limited and spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.  

It is advisable to purchase in advance when booking tickets. Parking can be purchased online and over the phone. Please call the Box Office on 01244 304 610 for more information.  

Car parking costs £11 on Family Funday and £8 for all other fixtures.

Coaches

Owing to space, there are no designated coach parks at the Racecourse. Guidance for coach drivers is as follows:

For Boodles May Festival

Passengers must be dropped off at Castle Drive park and ride or Wrexham Road park and ride. These car parks are pay on the day and unaffiliated with the Racecourse so drivers will need to make their own arrangements. Coach drivers will be responsible for advising their guests on collection and departure times as they are not permitted to pick-up passengers from the racecourse.

For the remaining fixtures outside of Boodles May Festival

Little Roodee Car Park (off Castle Drive) is used as the overflow car park for coaches. 

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Accommodation

 

Holiday Inn Express, Chester Racecourse

Located in the grounds of Chester Racecourse, our on-course hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, offers an unrivalled location and value for money, with complimentary WiFi and parking as standard. Be sure to reserve your rooms early to avoid disappointment - the hotel books up early, well in advance of racedays.

Call 01244 327900 or click here to book.

The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor belies the black and white timbered façade of a Grade II listed building which houses 68 bedrooms and 12 stylish suites, all individually designed and beautifully furnished with the finest fabrics, as is the Michelin starred restaurant which promises to delight the palate with a gastronomic experience not to be missed.

For more information please visit the Chester Grosvenor Website

 
 
 
 

Open Course Picnic Policy

Please see our 2016 open course picnic policy below.

Picnics are welcome within the designated picnic area of the Open Course. Each person is welcome to bring a moderate amount of alcohol with their picnic via the car park entrance.

Unfortunately we do not permit alcohol into the Open Course on foot. 

All alcohol must be consumed in the Car Park Picnic Area before entering the Open Course.  Racegoers can bring food and soft drinks in sealed plastic containers onto the Open Course.

For more information click here

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Don't forget...

Whilst cards are accepted at most of our vendors, for betting and refreshments, it is advisable to bring cash with you. 

Where to view the horses

No visit to Chester is complete without a visit to see the horses in the parade ring (accessible to all hospitality guests, County Stand, County Long Room and Tattersalls ticket holders). Visitors around the parade ring like to get close to the horses with many making their betting choice dependant on the colour, condition and temperament of a horse.

Post race, placed horses return to the winner’s enclosure and presentations are made to the winner.

Racecards

An official Chester racecard contains all the information you could possibly need for your raceday. Racecards are available to purchase from selected vendors throughout the course priced at just £3 (£5 during the Boodles May Festival).

Chester Bet

The electric atmosphere of a raceday at Chester is contributed to by the enthusiastic bookmakers and racegoers keen to make back their stake on their chosen horse in a given race.

Chester Bet is Chester Racecourse’s on-course betting company and has over 200 points throughout the Racecourse from which to place a bet. Live information screens around the Racecourse indicate the latest odds on both home and away racing.

Odds are shown to a £1 stake and are live estimates of the Racecourse Price (RP). The confirmed RP is generated as soon as a race finishes and the official result has been announced.

Chester Bet staff are on hand throughout the day to help racegoers place their bets quickly and easily and answer any questions. Take a look at our useful Betting Guide in advance of your visit to Chester to find out more about Chester Bet and the services we provide.

Post racing

Taxis

There is a disabled taxi pick up point just inside the Holiday Inn Express car park for patrons who book in advance their return journey. Please be advised there are a limited number of points and this area can become congested on race days. Stewards will assist with pick-ups and drop offs but are not responsible for booking taxis for patrons.

Racegoers are reminded that taxis may not pick-up or drop off prior to/post racing at the Racecourse, due to the number of racegoers in the immediate vicinity.

There is a taxi rank located on Bridge Street, in the City Centre. Racegoers are advised to contact a local taxi firm to book taxi transport on race days, but the Racecourse takes no responsibility for local taxi firm policies.

A place to eat

Why not enjoy post-race dining from one of our own pubs and restaurants. Restaurant 1539The White Horse and Commonhall St Social (located on off Bridge Street in the City centre) all operate post racing reservations.  Bookings can be made online or by calling the venues. 

Discover Chester

Chester is a city all about choice!

Come rain or shine, Chester is the perfect place to experience a fabulous day out shopping.

From famous high street stores to small boutiques and unique independents, our city centre aims to please even the most demanding shopper.

Discover specialist food shops, art galleries, gifts, jewellery, fashion and much more within the cobbled streets and quirky lanes of our compact walled city.

Take time out to rest your feet with regular pit-stops for coffee, cake and even cocktails in one of the many al fresco cafes, bars and restaurants spilling out onto the city centre pavements.

During your visit to Chester you may spot a bowler hat wearing CH1 Welcome Ambassador in the city centre. They are our walking, talking information centres and are ready to offer a friendly welcome and assistance. If you see them whilst you’re out and about, please feel free to stop and ask a question.

The Experience Chester website is all about sharing the delights of our amazing city with those who already visit Chester, those who live or work here, and those who may never have set foot in Chester before and don’t know what they’re missing out on!

Shop dine and play in Chester visit: www.experiencechester.co.uk