Plan Your Visit | Chester Racecourse

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.

Please be aware that portable seating can only be brought onto the Open Course and Open Course Picnic area. Portable seating is not permitted in any other enclosure of the racecourse. There is no seating the Dee Enclosure and a limited amount in Tattersalls, County Concourse and County Long Room. If you are purchasing/have purchased a ticket in either of the latter two enclosures and do require seating, we recommend early arrival to avoid disappointment. 

*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.

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.

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. 

Food and Drink

There are a variety of food and beverage concessions available at Chester Racecourse. Whether you're looking for a quick light bite, or something more substantial, we've something for you. With cuisine from across the world, there's something to suit any palette. View the Racecourse map here for a detailed look at the variety on offer including concession locations.

There are a wide selection of beverages available to purchase whilst at the Racecourse, from new fast-pour 'bottoms-up' draught beers in REFILL to Champagne at both generic and designated Champagne bars around the course, you'll be spoilt for choice. Chester Racecourse promotes responsible drinking and offers free tap water at all bars, to encourage you to stay hydrated throughout the day - particularly on warmer days. We recommend substituting each alcoholic drink for a soft drink or water.

Click here for a detailed look at all food and beverage concessions around the Racecourse.

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.

Getting to the Races

How do I get to Chester Racecourse?

Chester Racecourse is located in the heart of the City of Chester, making it easy to reach via a variety of road networks and public transport links. Regardless of how you choose to reach us, the following information should help you plan your route We recommend you allow plenty of time to make your journey, enabling you to arrive early to take advantage of the full raceday experience.

By Car

Chester Racecourse is located conveniently in the heart of the City of Chester and easily reachable via car and well-connected transport links. For Satelite Navigation systems our postcode is CH1 2LY. The M53, M56, M6 and A483 are all in close proximity to Chester providing excellent links from Liverpool, Manchester, North Wales and the south of England.

On racedays, the Racecourse is signed from all the major routes into Chester and parking is available on site on the Open Course for £8 per car, payable in advance or on the day. 

If you are collecting tickets from the Box Office on raceday, please be advised that you must collect your tickets before you enter the car park. Should you arrive at the car park prior to collecting your tickets, you will be required to pay for car parking and an Open Course ticket for the driver and any accompanying adult passengers. 

The roads surrounding the Racecourse are subject to road closures on raceday, typically in operation between12.30pm and 7.30pm on day-time meetings. Information on affected roads and further detail around times can be found here

By Rail

The nearest train station to the racecourse is Chester where trains run every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening between Liverpool City Centre stations and Chester. Mainline trains also come into this station. 

Make as many train journeys as you want throughout the day with a Merseyrail all zone Day Saver. Valid from 9:30am, 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! For details on local rail times into Chester, visit the Merseyrail website.

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

By Bus

Cheshire West and Chester Council bus timetables, route maps and further information on public transport can be viewed on the Cheshire West and Chester Council here.

Park and Ride

Cheshire West and Chester Council operates four Park and Ride sites around the City at Boughton Heath (off the A41 Whitchurch Road - nearest postcode CH3 5QD), Sealand Road (on the A548 opposite the car dealerships - nearest postcode CH1 4LD), Upton (Zoo - nearest postcode CH2 4BA) and Wrexham Road (off the A483 opposite Chester Business Park - nearest postcode CH1 2LS). Please note, postcodes are the nearest approximate postcodes for location purposes, as these sites are not postal addresses.

Buses operate at the following times

  • Monday to Friday: every 12 minutes between 7am and 7pm
  • Saturdays: every 12 minutes between 8am and 7pm
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: every 15 minutes between 9.30am and 6pm 

Parking is free for Park and Ride customers. Tickets cost £2.00 (return) per adult and up to two children can travel free if accompanied by an adult.

For further information on the Cheshire West and Chester Council Park and Ride service including timetables, please click here

By Air

Both Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester Airports are in close proximity to the City of Chester. Visit their websites to find out more about transport links and the operating airlines that connect the north-west with destinations around the world.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Manchester Airport

 

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. 

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 read the information below and click on the link for the full Open Course policy.

Picnics are welcome within the designated car park 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

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. We have three ATMs on-site and available to use on raceday. These are located in the stairwell of the County Stand, in the Paddock behind the Pavilion Bar and in Tattersalls Enclosure. There is a charge to use the machines, but a minimum withdrawal of £20 is required. Please be advised that all bars accept contactless payment up to £30 and selected Chester Bet terminals offer the same facility. An ATM is available all year round in the Holiday Inn Express, Chester Racecourse.

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