There are six enclosures to choose from at Chester Racecourse, 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.
You can read about each enclosure in detail on the website. Alternatively, call our Box Office on 01244 304 600.
A hospitality package starts from just £50 +VAT per person (for a White Horse garden package at MBNA Family Funday. Our Hospitality Team are on hand to help you choose the best package and can even build a bespoke option for your party, depending on requirements. Please call the team on 01244 304 631.
Children aged 17 and under who are accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge every raceday at Chester across all enclosures*. If you are accompanied by a child in any enlclosure other than Tattersalls, Dee Stand or Open Course, you will be required to collect a badge on arrival from the Box Office. Hospitality places for children are available at a discounted price. Please speak to the Hospitality team for more information.
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. Available places are issued on a first come first served basis.
*Excluding The Winning Post where children are not permitted.
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 additional ticket in the same enclosure free of charge through our 'Buy 10 Tickets - Get One Free' scheme. The offer is applied at point of checkout for online purchasers. The same offer applies on Tattesalls Enclosure tickets for the last two September fixtures of the season/
We also have very special timed offers on other enclosures across selected fixtures - click here for more information.
For further information and to purchase your tickets over the phone, please call the Box Office on 01244 304 600.
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 304 600 ahead of your visit.
Chester Races is a great day out, and to capitalise on your time, we encourage you to arrive early. Typically gates will open two hours prior to the first race, normally 11.30am on a daytime fixture and 4:30pm on an evening fixture.
On arriving at the racecourse, please refer to the directional signage or ask a steward to be directed to the relevent gate for entry to the course. Please be aware that there may be queues on arrival. If you are carrying a bag, it will be checked by a member of our security team. We advise only bringing a bag if it is essential. Please ensure you are dressed applicably to the dress code in your enclosure.
We do advise you follow our social media channels for the latest news and updates prior to your visit. Use the links at the bottom of the page to visit our official social pages.
You can find useful maps underneath each online fixture page, displaying the areas you'll be able to access once on-course for the corresponding area, depending on enclosure you're interested. Open Course and Dee Stand ticket will not provide you access to the Paddock and all its associated amenities.
Children aged 17 and under are admitted free of charge into all enclosures of the racecourse, every raceday at Chester - when accompanied by a full-paying responsibile adult. No tickets are necessary; however, children entering the County Concourse or County Long Room will require a junior badge which can be picked up from the Box Office on arrival. Please call 01244 304 600 for more information.
Racing and Polo are both family friendly spectator sports at Chester Racecourse and our events provide some fantastic opportunities to get outdoors with the family in the summer months. Family themed fixtures and weekend fixtures often have associated free activities out on the Open Course for youngsters. Read the individual fixture pages for more information. Keep an eye on social media for last minute additions and raceday competitions.
Regardless of the type of badge or ticket you hold, a day at the races is the perfect opportunity to up the style stakes, dress in your finery and enjoy the glamour of Chester’s stylish surroundings.
Click here to view our official 2018 Style Guide in association with McArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks for some inspiration on dressing for the occasion.
A summary of the dress code guidelines for each area of the racecourse can be found below.
Hospitality Areas, Chester Members, Winning Post, County Long Room and County Concourse
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 and no fancy dress will be permitted. Click here to view the Refresh and Refuel menus.
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.
There is no strict dress code in this enclosure. It is however advisable to dress for the elements. Should you wish to upgrade your ticket to a Tattersalls ticket on the day, shorts, sportswear, t-shirts and fancy dress will not be permitted.
There is no dress code in this enclosure. It is however advisable to dress for the elements. Should you wish to upgrade your ticket to a Tattersalls ticket on the day, shorts, sportswear, t-shirts and fancy dress will not be permitted.
Get a behind the scenes look and find out what goes into a day at the races 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 online or over the phone and must be purchased in advance with your ticket. Places are strictly limited and issued on a first come first served basis. Call the Box Office on 01244 304 600.
Tour Duration - 1 hour
Start Time - 11.30am
Cost - £15 per person (includes a racecard)*
*Only available in conjunction with a Winning Post Enclsoure, County Long Room and County Concourse badge or a Tattersalls ticket bought in advance.
We Recommend you allow plenty of time to make your journey and arrive early to take advantage of the full raceday experience.
Chester Racecourse is easily reachable via car and is sign-posted from all major routes. 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.
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. Barriers will be removed from 19:00 on the evening of a raceday to allow for normal access.
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. We recommend that you do not input the Chester Racecourse postcode (CH1 2LY) into your Sat Nav, but instead approach from Sealand Road (to the West of the city) using postcode CH1 4LZ.
View the map detailing direction of travel from various locations and the road closures here.
Chester Racecourse is located in the heart of the historic city and is easily accessible by the rail network with trains running frequently to Chester Train station. The railway station is a six-minute taxi ride to the racecourse, or a 20-minute walk.
If you are planning to travel by helicopter or light aircraft, please make the necessary arrangements to use the landing facilities in Deeside. Please contact British Aerospace, Hawarden, Deeside on 01244 522 012/3.
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 parking 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.
Card and cash payment will be taken on arrival on the day.
Car parking costs £11 on MBNA Family Funday and £8 for all other fixtures.
Owing to space, there are no designated coach parks at the racecourse. Guidance for coach drivers is as follows:
Little Roodee Car Park (off Castle Drive) is used as the overflow car park for coaches.
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.
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).
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 100 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.
Whilst cards are accepted at most of our vendors, for betting and refreshments, it is advisable to bring cash with you. Food and bevarage concessions accept contactless payments. There are three cashpoints situated on course. Cashpoints 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 and a minimum withdrawal of £20 is required. An ATM is available all year round in the Holiday Inn Express, Chester Racecourse
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 and the road closures in place.
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 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 1539, The 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.
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 sits behind 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 here.
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