What's On

Wed 10 May 2017

Boodles Chester Cup Day

The season opener begins with Chester Cup Day.

Sat 27 May 2017

Roman Day

Take your place and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon, with non-stop racing action along with family friendly Roman themed activities. Try and spot authentic legions placed around the Roodee, dressed to impress in Roman clothing and equipment.

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Summer Saturday

It’s the middle of the summer, the sun will be shining and everyone’s heading to this not to be missed event.

Fri 30 Jun 2017

Ladies Evening

It’s all about the glamour on Ladies’ Evening. You're in great company, with exciting races to enjoy in comfortable surroundings, it’s the perfect way to spend a Friday evening.

Sun 06 Aug 2017

Family Funday

Stuck for things to do over the school holidays? Look no further than Chester Racecourse's Family Funday. We have plenty of free entertainment to keep the kids busy. keep an eye out for our selfie props, donkey rides, inflatables and beach games! Alternatively, grab an ice cream, kick back in a deckchair and soak up the relaxing family atmosphere with an afternoon of competitive racing. Pack your picnics, gazebos (and beach towels), we can’t wait to see you! It’s the only place to be in Chester this Summer. For families and racegoers alike, it is fantastic value for a family day out. Children under 17 go free, and it’s just £12 grown ups on the Open Course! Book now to avoid disappointment.

Sat 02 Sep 2017

Chester Stakes Day

New for 2017, Chester Stakes Day celebrates the historic Chester Stakes and the long standing affiliation between the City of Chester and the Racecourse. Residents of Chester can take advantage of a special half price offer on County Concourse and Tattersalls tickets by purchasing in person at the Box Office. Available to those residing in a CH1, CH2, CH3 or CH4 postcode. Residents must show proof of current address and ID in person. Offer limited to four tickets per person and available until Wednesday 2nd August 2017 or allocation of tickets has been fully allocated.

Fri 15 Sep 2017

Autumn Festival

Another great day out at the Roodee, the perfect opportunity to enjoy the autumn sunshine, with family and friends or to entertain clients.

Sat 16 Sep 2017

Autumn Festival

The second day of Autumn Festival on the Roodee and one of the penultimate chances to experience racing at Chester in 2017.

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Season Finale

The final flutter of the year and your last opportunity to see the horses under starters orders; the Finale brings the spectacular 2017 season to a close.

Enclosures

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
Larger map

Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

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.