Chester Races: Your Ultimate Guide

Chester Racecourse is the world’s oldest racecourse, where the charm of tradition meets the excitement of modern-day racing. The Chester Races calendar, from May to September, offers a delightful mix of events, from the prestigious Boodles May Festival to the festive Oktoberfest-themed raceday. Join them for family-friendly Roman Day and Family Fun Day, creating memories for racegoers of all ages.


Chester Races Enclosures
Chester Racecourse 2024: Exploring Hospitality Options
Chester Races Arrival
Chester Races Gates
Chester Races Dress Code
Chester Races Getting There
Chester Races Car Parking
Chester Races Racecards
Chester Races Cash or Card
Enjoy the City
Upcoming Fixtures at Chester Races

Chester Races Enclosures

Tattersalls Enclosure

Tattersalls is a popular spot amongst racegoers, situated between the Dee Stand and County Concourse. Its key features include access to both sides of the track, tiered standing with outstanding views, a trackside view of the final furlong, and a variety of food and drink vendors.

Access: Both sides of the track, including the Parade Ring in the Paddock.


  • Tiered standing with excellent views of the action.
  • Trackside viewing of the final furlong.
  • Betting and racecard facilities.
  • Variety of food and drink vendors.

The Roodee

Combining the Open Course and Dee Stand, The Roodee offers a unique experience with access to both sides of the track. Ideal for relaxed family outings, this enclosure has no dress code, allowing picnics in the Open Course area on specified days.

Access: Both sides of the track (except for days when the Open Course is closed).

Ideal For:

  • Relaxed, family days out at the races.
  • No dress code, allowing for a laid-back atmosphere.
  • Picnics are permitted in the Open Course area (and the Goat Walk area on days when the Open Course is closed).
  • Food, drink, and betting facilities are available.

County Concourse

A premium choice in general admission areas, County Concourse, provides access to both sides of the track, admission to the County Champagne Bar, trackside viewing, and various food and drink options.

Access: Both sides of the track, including the Paddock Area.


  • Admission to the County Champagne Bar.
  • Trackside viewing of the final furlong and winning post.
  • Betting facilities and racecards are available for purchase.
  • Variety of food and drink vendors.

County Long Room

Situated in the main grandstand, the County Long Room offers a premium experience with entry to multiple enclosures, reserved seating, and excellent views of the final furlong.

Access: Tattersalls Enclosure, County Concourse, County Champagne Bar, County Long Room, and The Paddock.


  • Dedicated bar with access to The Walls Bar.
  • Reserved seating in the County stand (Boodles May Festival Only).
  • Excellent views of the final furlong and winning post.
  • Variety of food and drink vendors.

Winning Post Enclosure

This adults-only, premium enclosure in the buzzing paddock area offers partial cover, proximity to the track, a dedicated bar, and complimentary racecards.

Access: Roodee, Tattersalls Enclosure, County Lawn, and Winning Post Enclosure.


  • Adults-only premium enclosure.
  • Partial cover from the elements.
  • Unparalleled proximity to the track, parade ring, and winning post.
  • There is a dedicated bar, betting facilities, and a complimentary racecard.
  • Variety of food and drink vendors.

Edinburgh Gin Garden

An exclusive adult enclosure with prime views over the Paddock and Parade Ring, the Edinburgh Gin Garden includes a welcome G&T, food voucher, and the option of bespoke cabanas for a genuinely luxurious experience.

Access: Roodee, Tattersalls Enclosure, County Lawn, and Edinburgh Gin Garden.


  • Adults-only premium enclosure.
  • Views over the Paddock and Parade Ring.
  • Welcome G&T and nibbles.
  • Food voucher, betting area, and racecard.
  • Option to reserve bespoke cabanas for a luxurious experience.

Each enclosure offers a distinct experience, catering to different preferences and atmospheres. Choose the one that aligns with your race day expectations and enjoy a day of thrilling races, entertainment, and hospitality at Chester Races.

Chester Racecourse 2024: Exploring Hospitality Options

Fulfilling meaningful connections with clients and partners is invaluable in the fast-paced business world. What better way to solidify those relationships than by immersing yourself in the thrilling world of horseracing at Chester Racecourse?

Our Corporate Hospitality options for 2024 offer more than just a day at the races; they provide a unique platform to engage, impress, and build lasting connections. Join us for unparalleled excitement, luxury, and networking opportunities. Here are just a few benefits awaiting you and your esteemed guests:

Proximity to Racing Action: Experience the races from strategic locations, offering an up-close view of the final furlong, winning post, and parade ring.

Exclusive Settings: Enjoy private spaces, such as Festival Chalets, Paddock Rooms, and Private Boxes, meticulously designed for an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere.

Gourmet Delights: Indulge in culinary journeys featuring pub classics, seasonal dishes, and gourmet delights that enhance the race day thrill.

Flexibility for Groups: Whether planning an intimate gathering or a grand corporate event, Chester Racecourse facilities cater to groups of various sizes, ensuring a bespoke setting for your needs.

The White Horse: Relaxed Dining with a View

Perched with a view of the pre-parade ring and a short stroll from the winner’s enclosure, The White Horse offers a relaxed dining experience. Indulge in pub classics and seasonal, locally sourced dishes while soaking in the excitement of the races.

The Turf Restaurant: A Limited-Time Gourmet Delight

Discover the Turf Restaurant, hidden on the ground floor of the County Stand, offering an intimate dining setting for couples and smaller groups. Reservations are accepted for groups of up to 12 people, preserving the cosy ambience.

Mark your calendars for the exclusive opening of the Turf Restaurant during the Boodles May Festival. Take advantage of this limited-time dining experience designed to enhance the thrill of the races with gourmet delights and an exclusive atmosphere.

Final Furlong Restaurant: A Unique Perspective for Enthusiasts

Nestled in the heart of the Festival Village, the Final Furlong Restaurant offers a unique vantage point for race day enthusiasts. After a delectable dining experience, stroll to the rails for a front-row seat to the exhilarating final moments of the races.

Note that smaller groups may share tables (less than 8 guests), fostering a convivial atmosphere. Choose the Final Furlong Restaurant for an immersive race day experience where gourmet dining and thrilling action converge seamlessly.

Paddock Rooms: Where Luxury Meets Racing Thrill

Experience the pulse of Chester Racecourse in The Paddock Rooms, offering an exclusive setting for private dining adjacent to the Parade Ring. Witness the anticipation as horses prepare for races and enjoy the world passing by from your own terrace.

The Paddock Rooms provide flexibility for larger groups by connecting multiple spaces, creating an accommodating yet exclusive atmosphere. Elevate your Chester race day experience with sophistication and excitement.

Festival Chalets: Immerse Yourself in Racing Excitement

Discover an immersive racing experience with our Festival Chalets strategically located within the final furlong. Feel the ground shake as horses thunder past, offering unparalleled proximity to the racing action.

Take a leisurely stroll to the nearby Parade Ring during race intervals and experience the lively Festival Village ambience, complete with live music. Note that a minimum reservation number ensures an intimate yet vibrant setting. Opt for Festival Chalets to make every moment unforgettable.

Private Boxes: Tailored Luxury for Corporate Days

Create an impeccable backdrop for your corporate day at Chester Racecourse with our exclusive Private Boxes in the County and Leverhulme Stands. Revel in breathtaking views and top-notch amenities, accommodating groups of 10 to 120 people for a bespoke corporate event.

Chester Races Arrival

Make the most of your race day by arriving early. Gates typically open two hours before the first race, allowing you to soak in the atmosphere and style of Chester Races. Follow directional signage, and be prepared for bag checks by security. Stay updated with the latest news on our social media channels before your visit.

Chester Races Gates

Navigate through the appropriate gate based on your enclosure ticket:

Gate 3
Winning Post, Edinburgh Gin Garden, All Hospitality (except County Boxes + Restaurant 1539)

Gate 3A
County Concourse

Gate 4
County Long Room, 1539 & 1539 Roof

Gate 4A
County Boxes, Annual Members & Shareholders

Gate 5, 6, 7
Tattersalls Enclosure

Gate 8, 9
The Roodee

Gate 11
All enclosures arriving via vehicle (except Roodee)

Chester Races Dress Code

Respect the dress code of your chosen enclosure:

Parade & 1539 Roof Members
Gentlemen – well-tailored suit/blazer, collared shirt, tie; Ladies – dress, skirt, or smart trouser suit.

Hospitality Areas, Chester Members, Winning Post, Edinburgh Gin Garden, & County Long Room
Gentlemen – well-tailored suit or blazer with smart trousers, shirt, collar, and tie; Ladies – smart dress.

County Concourse & Tattersalls Enclosure
Collared shirt for gentlemen, smart jeans/trousers allowed; no trainers, shorts, sportswear, or fancy dress.

The Roodee
No specific dress code; it is advisable to dress for the elements.

Chester Races Getting There

Choose your preferred mode of transportation:

By Taxi
Enjoy a 20% discount with KingKabs using code RACE20.

By Car
Follow major routes (M53, M56, M6, A483), avoiding the racecourse postcode for Sat Nav. Check for potential road closures.

By Train
Conveniently located near Chester Train station.

By Bus
Utilize Chester’s Park & Ride service for hassle-free access.

By Air
Coordinate landing facilities with British Aerospace, Hawarden, Deeside.

Chester Races Car Parking

Park on the Open Course, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase parking online or over the phone. On-site card-only payment is £10 per car.

Chester Races Racecards

Embrace the cashless experience for food and drink, with all major cards, Apple/Android Pay, and contactless payments accepted. Cash is still available for betting with on-course bookmakers.

Chester Races Cash or Card

Enhance your experience with an official racecard, available for £5 at dedicated booths. Digital racecards cater to visual impairments.

Enjoy the City

Extend your Chester experience by exploring the city centre’s shopping scene, from high street stores to unique boutiques. Welcome CH1 Ambassadors are ready to assist, ensuring your day at Chester Races is thrilling and memorable.

Chester Races promises an unforgettable blend of tradition, style, and excitement. Get ready to savour the world’s oldest racecourse and create lasting memories with us!

Upcoming Fixtures at Chester Races

08/05/2024May Festival - Trials DayEnquire Now
09/05/2024May Festival - Ladies DayEnquire Now
10/05/2024May Festival - Chester Cup DayEnquire Now
25/05/2024Roman Day
14/06/2024Friday Social
29/06/2024Summer Style Raceday
12/07/2024Evening - Ibiza Classics
13/07/2024Soul Sunset
04/08/2024Family Fun Day
31/08/2024Ladies DayEnquire Now
13/09/2024Food & Drink Festival
14/09/2024Food & Drink Festival
21/09/2024Oktoberfest Season Finale
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