Plan your visit

Before you buy

Enclosures and Upgrades

We have a choice of 4 enclosures are available at Chester, along with a number of pre-bookable restaurant packages.

Although prices differ for each fixture, enclosure tickets start at just £10 for Open Course, ranging up to £59 for The County Long Room. Children aged 17 and under and accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge to all enclosures. 

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 or Open Course tickets purchased, you receive one free ticket. (We also have very special offers on Tattersalls and County Stand tickets for selected fixtures). Contact the Box Office on 01244 304610 for more information.


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 304610 ahead of your purchase or alternatively, a full breakdown of accessibility information can be viewed via DisabledGo.

Arrival times

Chester Races is a great day out, and to capitalise on your time, we encourage arriving early. Typically, gates open 2 hours prior to the first race - however, we advise checking our social media pages for the latest news and updates just before your raceday.


Kids go free

Children aged 17 and under are admitted free into all areas when accompanied by an adult.  No tickets are necessary; however, children entering the County Enclosure or County Long Room require a junior badge which can be picked up from the box office on your race day.

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. 


Located in the grounds of Chester Racecourse, our on-course hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, offers an unrivalled location and value for money, with complementary 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 to book.

Getting to the races

Chester Races is located in the heart of the historic city and is easily accessible by rail and road and is sign-posted from all major routes.

Road Closure Information

On racedays, road closures around the racecourse are normal to allow pedestrians safe entry to and exit from the racecourse.

Nuns Road - closes from approx 12.00pm until 18.00pm.
Lower Watergate Street - closes from approx. 12.00pm until after the first race, and then again, 30 minutes before the end of the last race for approx. one hour.
Stanley Place and Lower Watergate Junction - closed for the duration of racing.
Bridge Street/Watergate Street - Cars are not permitted to drive along Bridge Street or up Watergate Street from approx 17.00pm on race days until all guests on foot have exited the racecourse, and the area is safe for both drivers/pedestrians.

Getting to Chester by Train

A Chester City / Rail Circular bus service can takes racegoers from the train station to the racecourse. 

If you're heading to Chester Racecourse by train from other regions in the UK, please check National Rail for tickets, timetables and live departure information before you travel.

Merseyrail Day Saver Ticket

With trains running every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening between Liverpool City Centre stations and Chester, there's no easier way to get to the races. 

Make as many train journeys as you want throughout the day with a Merseyrail all zone Day Saver. Valid from 09:30, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays on the Merseyrail network. Often even cheaper than a standard return ticket, it’s the easiest way to get to the races!

Merseyrail Family Ticket

Up to 2 adults and 3 children can enjoy unlimited travel on the Merseyrail network with a £10 Family ticket.  Valid for one day from 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays on the Merseyrail network. 




Car parking is available on the Open Course, which is located in the centre of the racecourse. It can be purchased on the day but may be limited and operates on a first come first served basis.  

It is advisable to purchase in advance when booking tickets.  

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


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

For 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.

Outside of the May Festival

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

Dress code

For many, dressing up is part of the racing experience. Ladies Day during the May Festival and Ladies Evening in June, provides many excuses to don a new dress and hat!

County Stand Dress Code

Customers in the County Long Room and Concourse 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 and 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. 

Raceday experience

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 contain all the information you could possibly need for your raceday. They are available to purchase from selected vendors throughout the course.

Raceday tours

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 Chester Cup and Chester Vase, plus much more!  Tours can be booked when buying your tickets and must be purchased in advance.

Duration 1hr
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.


If you are new to racing, follow our easy guide to enjoy a 'flutter' at the races!

Post racing


The taxi pick-up and drop off point is outside of our Holiday Inn Express Hotel on New Crane Street.  A limited number of are permitted to rank outside of the racecourse. In the city centre, there is a taxi rank located on Bridge Street.

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. 

Open Course Picnic Policy

We have introduced a new policy for 2015/2016 - please see 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 no longer 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.

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