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Chester Races

by Nigel Clarkson Jan 2024

For many, attending Chester Races is a highlight of the year. The excitement, the buzz, the thrill of the race and the chance to bet on your favourite horse are what make it so special.


Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned punter, this guide will provide you with all the information you need to make the most out of your day at the races.


From what to bring and what to expect on race day to advice on the best bets and tips for a great day out, this guide will ensure you have everything you need to make your day at the races an unforgettable experience.


So, read on and we’ll take you through the ultimate guide to enjoying the races at the historical Chester Racecourse

On our website we also have some suggestions of the best places to buy a drink near to the racecourse | Chester Pubs

Chester Racecourse

What to expect on a race day at Chester

The atmosphere is guaranteed to be buzzing, and the queues at the bars and food outlets will likely be long. Once you’ve navigated your way around the bustling racecourse and settled into your spot, you can expect a day full of fun, excitement, and surprises.


The most popular day at the races is the Saturday fixture. With a larger crowd and higher turnover of customers, Saturday is a lively and more hectic day than any other race day at Chester.


It is a great day out for everyone!

Chester Races 2024 Fixtures

Chester Races 2024 Fixtures at Chester Race Course:


  • Wed 8th

  • Thurs 9th

  • Fri 10th

  • Sat 25th


  • Fri 14th

  • Sat 15th

  • Sat 29th

Sat 1st

  • Fri 12th

  • Sat 13th

  • Sun 27th


  • Sun 4th

  • Sat 31st


  • Fri 13th

  • Sat 14th

  • Sat 21st

Chester Races 2024 Fixtures

For groups of 9 or more, please call the Box office on 01244 304610

or email

Things to take to the races

This may sound like an obvious one, but one of the most important things to bring with you to the races is money. The minimum bet is £2, and you can expect to win around £10 in profit per bet on average.


You’ll also may need cash with you to pay for food and drinks. Additionally, make sure you bring a valid form of ID with you. The minimum age to attend Chester is 16 years old, so make sure you bring a photo ID if you’re under 18. Alongside your ID, it’s also recommended that you bring sunscreen to protect your skin and sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun in the summer.

Chester Races

Placing a bet or booking some of the facilities?

Before the races begin, make sure to use your time wisely by exploring the racecourse and taking advantage of the many facilities and amenities on offer. Begin your day at the racecourse by heading to the bars and restaurants, which are clearly shown at the entrance to the course.

Fancy a bet on the favourite? Or perhaps you fancy a bet on each way? Fancy a bet on the long shot? Or perhaps you fancy a bet on each way? Fancy a bet on the outsider? Or perhaps you fancy a bet on each way? Fancy a bet on the each-way bet? There is plenty of help if you are not sure what to do.


From Private Boxes to Paddock Rooms, the 1539 Restaurant to The Tuff Restaurant, The Paddock Club and the Final Furlong Restaurant, there are so many variations you can book to make the perfect day.

Find out more at

Race Days - Box Office

The Box Office is open as follows:

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 17:00pm

On race day fixtures: 8am – until the start of the final race.

On race evening fixtures: 8.30am – until the start of the final race.

Enquires 01244 304610
or email:

Tips on how to dress and etiquette at the races

This is the chance to look the part in the Parade area where the men are required to wear a well-tailored suit/blazer, a collared shirt and smart trousers. Plus a tie must be worn.

The ladies are required to wear either a dress or skirt and no excessively revealing clothing. The Parade area is very smart and no jeans, shorts, trainers or fancy dress are allowed.

Most of the above apply to the Hospitality areas, Chester members, Winning Post, Edinburgh Gin Garden, County Long Room and County Concourse.

Tattersalls Enclosure is not as strict but men must wear a collar and be smart and no t-shirts, or trainers. tracksuits or fancy dress are permitted.

The Roodee - there is no dress code

Full details > Chester Races Dress Code < and tips on what to wear 

Enjoy your day out and where to park

If you’re driving to the racecourse, It’s also important to consider parking ahead of time. Parking at Chester Racecourse can be tricky, but there is plenty of car parking space across the road from the ABode Hotel. See our Chester map above or go to our Parking in Chester page for a list of all car parks in Chester.

Where to stay and eat near the racecourse

Abode Hotel Chester

If you’re visiting Chester for the first time, you can stay near the racecourse.


Our exclusive >>HOTEL GUIDE<< with will give you some great ideas for picking the perfect place to stay in Chester.


Chester Racecourse is located in the centre of the city, making it easily accessible from all directions.


There are plenty of hotels located near the racecourse, including Holiday Inn, the Abode (nice place with car parking underground), and Roomzzz just across the side entrance of the racecourse (again has limited parking for guests)


When it comes to eating near the racecourse, Chester is full of chain restaurants and cafes, many of which are located nearby.


*We recommend the Millar and Carter Restaurant in the same building as the ABode Hotel (very handy).


If you’re visiting Chester for the first time, it might be worth exploring the city and finding somewhere to eat that isn’t located near the racecourse. Here are some of our recommendations on our website 'Places to Eat Chester'

Conclusion – Enjoying the races at Chester

There are many reasons to visit, and attending the Races at Chester is just one of them.

Whether you’re visiting the city with friends or family, or you’re travelling solo, there’s something for everyone at Chester Racecourse.


The races are a fun and exciting experience for all, and it’s something that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. 

We love our annual trip to Chester Races!

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