Plan Your Visit

Before you buy

Enclosures and Upgrades

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

Although prices differ for each fixture, enclosure tickets start at just £10 on the Open Course, ranging up to £95 in the Winning Post Enclosure. Children aged 17 and under and accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge to all enclosures other than The Winning Post Enclosure where children are not permitted.

Upgrades between enclosures are available on the day are available, 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 other stands for selected fixtures), view our pricing grid for more information on the offers available. Alternatively, contact the Box Office on 01244 304600 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 304600 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 two 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. ​

   

Where can my ticket take me?

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 will 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 during 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.

Chester Racecourse having been working in collaboration with Cheshire Police and Cheshire West and Chester Council to address issues of health and safety around Chester racedays.

Racedays attract thousands each raceday and the safety of the racegoers and members of the public is of utmost importance. In order to protect those visiting the racecourse, it is necessary to impart measures that safeguard against any potential threat to safety.

Having collectively reviewed existing measures, it was felt that additional sanctions should be brought into place for the 2018 season, namely concerning road closures around the racecourse.

Between the hours of 09:30 and 19:00, road closures will be in place on New Crane Street, Watergate Street and Nuns Road. Safety barriers will enforce the closures, providing additional security to members of the public.

Those visiting the racecourse by car should follow the temporary yellow signage in place on approach to the city of Chester to reach the racecourse. Barriers will be removed from 19:00 on the evening of a raceday to allow for normal access, although some road functions will remain closed for the duration of the Boodles May Festival (9-11 May 2018).

All traffic heading to the racecourse will travel in via Sealand Road. Please follow the signs in place.

 

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.  

Car parking costs £11 on MBNA 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.

Outside of the Boodles 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 Boodles May Festival and Ladies Evening in June, provides many excuses to don a new dress and hat!

County Stand & 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 well-tailored suit or a blazer/sports jacket with smart trousers, together with a shirt, collar and tie. Ladies are required to wear smart dress. No denim jeans of any colour, no trainers, no sportswear, nor fancy dress is permitted.

Tattersalls Dress Code

For Tattersalls,  smart casual dress is suggested. For gentlemen a collar is required, either polo shirt or collared shirt. Smart (not ripped) jeans, trouser or chinos are permitted. We encourage smart dress code in all enclosures, so feel free to dress up and enjoy the occasion. Please note that shorts, sportswear, t-shirts and fancy dress are not permitted in this enclosure.

Dee & 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, sportswear, t-shirts and fancy dress 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. 

 

 

 

Raceday experience

Don't forget...

Whilst cards are accepted at most of our vendors, it is advisable to bring cash with you. Chester Racecourse offer a contactless service up to £30 at all bar concessions.

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, Winning Post Enclosure, 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. 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 Winning Post Enclosure, 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

Racegoer safety and enjoyment is of utmost importance on racedays.
Please ensure you read the following information carefully before leaving for your day at the races.

The Open Course is separated into three areas, highlighted on the map below.

Racegoers arriving on foot can enter via Gates 9 & 10. Those arriving by car can park on the car park area of the Open Course for just £8 per car (£11 on Family Funday), paid in advance or on the day, by cash only.


Entrance to the car park is via the main vehicle entrance to the Racecourse. Racecourse stewards will direct you on arrival.
Racegoers wishing to enjoy a picnic by their car before entering the Open Course will be directed to a specific area of the car park – the car park picnic area.

 

Please be aware that bag checks and vehicle searches will be in operation at all entrances to the Racecourse on a raceday.
Chester Race Company will refuse entry to anyone bringing alcohol into the Racecourse on foot and reserves the right to ask anyone attempting to bring alcohol onto the Open Course to leave.
Please act responsibly and be respectful of the rules, the Open Course policy is for the benefit of racegoers of all ages and their enjoyment.


Please contact Chester Racecourse with any queries in relation to the Open Course raceday policy.