What's On

Tue 05 May 2020

City Day

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The opening day of a new Chester season for the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world.

Sat 23 May 2020

Roman Day

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MBNA Roman Day is the first of the family themed fixtures in 2020 and offers families the perfect opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the Half-Term holidays on Saturday 23 May.

Sat 13 Jun 2020

Summer Saturday

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Summer has arrived! This social favourite is the first in the series of Summer Saturday fixtures.

Fri 26 Jun 2020

Ladies Evening

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The perfect way to enjoy an early summer Friday evening and get the weekend off to a winning start.

Sat 27 Jun 2020

Summer Festival

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The second in the series of summer Saturday fixtures, there’s more fun in the sun on the Roodee to come.

Fri 10 Jul 2020

Ladies & Gents Evening

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Get the weekend off to a racing start with a visit to the Roodee

Sun 02 Aug 2020

Family Funday

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Kick start the Summer Holidays with a day of family fun at Chester Racecourse.

Fri 11 Sep 2020

Autumn Festival

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Get your weekend off to a bang with a visit to MBNA Autumn Festival at Chester Racecourse, what better excuse for a four-day working week!

Sat 12 Sep 2020

Autumn Festival

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A day of top-class racing as the Stand Cup takes centre stage.

Sat 26 Sep 2020

Season Finale

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This is it, the last hurrah. Join us in toasting the end to another fabulous season of racing on the Roodee.


Where to be for the best views

Winning Post Enclosure

Chester’s most premium ticketed enclosure is situated adjacent to the Winning Post itself and within the heart of the buzzing paddock. The Winning Post is the perfect spot to socialise and soak in all of the atmosphere a day's racing at Chester has to offer. This adult only enclosure is partially covered with informal seating and offers a degree of shelter from the elements.

County Course Stand

Overlooking The Final Furlong and The Winning Post, the County Concourse is a premium enclosure at the heart of the racecourse. This badge permits racegoers access to the Paddock where you will find our Dining Village, The Parade Ring, County Champagne Bar and Winner's Enclosure. This badge does not provide access to the seated area in the County Stand. Limited standing is available in the first few rows of the County Stand (availability dependent).

Tattersalls stand

The Tattersalls Enclosure is the largest on the racecourse. Perfect for large groups, the ticket provides excellent views via the tiered covered terrace. Ticket holders have access to bars, catering concessions, chesterBet as well as entry to the Paddock.

Dee stand

The Dee Stand has a tiered, uncovered terrace and ground floor standing area. A ticket for the Dee Stand provides access to catering, bars and betting. There is no strict dress code in this area.

Open Course

The Open Course is located in the centre of the race track. The perfect enclosure for families, with free children's entertainment (weather permitting) for the little ones to enjoy. Guests are permitted to take their own food/soft drinks into this area. Refreshment vendors and chesterBET are available on this course, however there isn't an ATM it is advised to bring cash with you.

The Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY
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Travel Information

How to find us


By Car

For Satellite Navigation systems the 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.

By Train

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. A Chester City / Rail Circular bus service is in place to take you from the train station to the racecourse if you don’t fancy the short walk for a small charge.

Dress Codes

What to wear

Winning Post & County Stand

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 stand

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

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.

Racecourse Information

The History

Chester Racecourse, known as the Roodee, is according to official records the oldest racecourse still in use in England. The 65-acre (260,000 m2) racecourse lies on the banks of the River Dee and horse racing at Chester dates back to the early sixteenth century. It is also thought to be the smallest racecourse of significance in England at one mile and one furlong in length. The racecourse’s position in the city makes race meetings at Chester very popular as it is only a very short stroll to all the hotels, bars, shopping and restaurants. The racecourse itself is just over 1-mile (1.6 km) long, flat and raced anti-clockwise or left-handed. The main characteristic of the course is the very short straight (239 yards). As such, long-strided horses, which perform better on straights, are at a distinct disadvantage.