Plan your visit

Before you buy

Enclosures and Upgrades

We have a choice of 5 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 other than 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 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.

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 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.

On arriving to the racecourse your bag will be checked. We advise only bringing a bag if it is essential. This will help to reduce queuing times. ​

   

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. 

Plan your visit

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 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 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

 
 
 
 

Getting to the races

Chester Racecourse 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. We recommend you allow plenty of time to make your journey and arriving 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.

Leave the car at home and travel to Chester via train with a Merseyrail ticket from just £5.

Enjoy unlimited off-peak travel on the Merseyrail network for just £5 with a Day Saver or £10 for a Family Ticket (up to two adults and three children aged 5-15).

Off-peak is after 09.30 Monday-Friday and anytime on weekends and bank holidays.

Passengers travelling from stations between Hooton or Ellesmere Port to Chester should buy a One Zone Day Saver for £3.70 from their local station before travel.

Adult                     £5.00    

Family                   £10.00  

Under 18's            £2.50    

 

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. 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.

Coaches

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. 

Plan your visit

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, 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 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. 

Fancy Dress & Promotional Clothing 

In addition to the specific dress codes, novilty (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. 

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

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.

Betting

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

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. 

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