Plan your visit

Before you buy

Enclosures and Upgrades

Before choosing an enclosure, it’s recommended to view all of the options available to you.  A choice of 4 enclosures are available at Chester in addition to a number of pre-bookable package restaurants. Enclosure tickets start at just £10 for Open Course, ranging up to £52 for County Long Room. All children aged under 17 and accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge to all enclosures.  £125 will buy you a table in a restaurant for the day with admission badge and lunch. Take a look; restaurant dining may just be an affordable option for you for that special occasion.

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

Visiting as a group

Getting a group of friends together for racing can be fun and can save you money. For every 10 Dee and Open Course tickets purchased, you receive one free ticket. This offer also applies to Tatts tickets on selected fixtures. We recommend you call the box office to find out more.


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

A day at the races is a great day out and to capitalise on your time, we advise arriving early. The earlier you arrive, the more queues you are likely to avoid and it’s a great opportunity to gain that prime spot.  Typically, gates open 2 hours prior to the first race but don’t forget to check on the website before the day.

Kids go free

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.  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 the day of racing.


Located in the grounds of Chester Racecourse, just a two minute walk from the centre of Chester, our on-course hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, offers an unrivalled location and value for money, with complementary WiFi and parking as standard. A firmly established favourite in the city, be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. 

Getting to the races

Chester Races is located in the heart of the historic city and is easily accessible by the rail network 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. From the A5268, Watergate Street closes to vehicle approximately 1 and a half hours before racing.  Following racing, Waterergate Street will remain closed for vehicles for up to 1 hour or until routes are clear of pedestrians.  To access the racecourse by vehicles for parking, racegoers should use the A548, Sealand Road.

Getting to Chester by Train

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. There’s also a £1 Chester City / Rail Circular bus service to take you from the train station to the racecourse if you don’t fancy the short walk.

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

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 and cheapest 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. 




If you’d like to bring the car (although public transport maybe preferable to take full advantage of the day), car parking is available on the Open Course, which is located in the centre of the racecourse. 

It is advisable to purchase Car parking in advance when purchasing tickets.  

Car parking can be purchased on the day but may be limited and for busier days, such as Family Funday, car parking operates on a first-come-first served basis.  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 Boodles May Festival

All visitors should be dropped off at either Castle Drive Park and Ride and Wrexham Road Park and Ride. Both of these car parks are pay on the day and are not connected with the racecourse so coach drivers need to make their own arrangements. Coach drivers are also responsible for advising their guests on collection and departure times as coaches are not able to pick-up from the racecourse.

For busy periods and outside of the May Festival

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

Dress code

For many ladies, dressing up is part of the experience: with Boodles Ladies Day during the Boodles May Festival and Grosvenor Shopping Centre Ladies Evening in June, Chester provides many excuses to don a new dress!

County Stand Dress Code

Customers in the County Stand: Long Room and Concourse, in all hospitality and restaurant facilities, are required to observe a strict dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear a suit jacket, collar and tie, Ladies are required to wear smart dress and 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 of any kind will not be permitted. 

Raceday experience

What to take with you

Once you have your outfit sorted, tickets purchased and travel planned, it’s usually the time when you wonder what else you are missing for your day out. For betting and refreshments, it is advisable to bring cash with you, however, there are cash machines on site and cash back is also available through chesterBet booths when placing a bet. A racecard is a great guide to the day’s racing but to keep up with racecards and results on the go, download the Chester Races App before your visit.  It also allows betting on course through Betfair.

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 customers with the exception of Dee Stand and Open Course tickets). 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 or just the colour of the jockey’s silks. When the race has been run, placed horses return to the winner’s enclosure and presentations are made to the winners of the race.  At Chester, this is where a celebrity or sports personality or two can be spotted with racing attracting many notable owners.

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, and get a rare close up view of the Chester Cup and Chester Vase, plus much more!  Tours can be booked when booking your ticket and must be purchase 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.


Betting, punting, having a wager, whatever you like to call it; part of the fun of going to the races and making it more enjoyable is to have a stake in the outcome of a race. Whether new to racing or a seasoned punter, there are many ways you can place a bet at Chester. However, help is at hand, we've compiled a short guide to betting to assist you with picking a winner and getting some success from your day's 'punting'.

Post racing


The taxi pick-up and drop off point is outside of Holiday Inn Express on New Crane Street.  Only limited taxis are permitted to rank outside of the racecourse so we recommend heading into Chester. In the city centre, there is a taxi rank located on Bridge Street.

A place to eat

A day at the races can be enjoyed long after the races have run and with racecourse site located just outside the city walls, city centre bars and restaurants can get booked up months in advance of a race day. The same goes for the racecourse’s three pubs and restaurants. Restaurant 1539, The White Horse and Commonhall St. Social (located on off Bridge Street in the City centre) all operate reservations for tables post racing. Bookings can be done online or by calling the venue – please find details on their websites.

Open Course Picnic Policy

From 10th July there will be a new Car Park Picnic Area, which will be separate from the Open Course with new rules regarding food and drink. The Car Park Picnic Area is available to racegoers who have purchased Open Course tickets and Open Course Car Parking.  

You are welcome to bring a moderate amount of alcohol for your picnic on a raceday.

Unfortunately any excess alcohol will need to be disposed of as this will not be permitted. All alcohol must be consumed in the Car Park Picnic Area before entering the Open Course.  Racegoers on the Open Course can bring in Food and soft drinks in sealed plastic containers.

Unfortunately we no longer permit alcohol into the Open Course on foot. 

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