Chester Racecourse - Britain's oldest racecourse

Chester Racecourse - Britain's oldest racecourse

Chester Racecourse - Britain's Oldest Racecourse

Located in the centre of Chester, Britain's oldest racecourse - Chester Racecourse, commonly known as 'The Roodee' is famed for its glamorous edge. Roodie means 'Roods Eye' or 'the isle of the cross'. Prior to the estuary silting up, the site of today's racecourse was the spot where Roman ships pulled up to harbour coming in from the Irish sea. Chester Racecourse is actually located on the site of an old Roman Harbour!

The course is perfectly placed for visitors, just a short stroll from Chester city centre hotels and the station. The very first race recorded here at Chester was as far back as 1539 during Henry VIII's reign. This is a racecourse with a heritage pedigree to match its beautiful course and exceptional on-site dining, wedding, conference and events facilities.

Racing at Chester Racecourse

Racing at Chester Racecourse begins with the flagship three day May Festival inclusive of Ladies Day, the Chester Cup and City Day which attracts considerable national attention. The racecourse then hosts a further 12 days of summer day and evening race meets.

Race Day Tours of Chester Racecourse

Consider booking into a tour of the UK's oldest and most glamorous racecourse which gives sneak peaks into areas you just wouldn't otherwise see. Racecourse tours include a look in the weighing room where you can find out all about how jockeys prepare for a race. You'll also get a close up look at the famous Chester Cup and Chester Vase. Tours usually last around one hour and a race card is included in the price!

Food & Drink at Chester Racecourse

Offering a mix of the finest award-winning dining experiences and informal food and drink outlets, Chester Racecourse caters for all. The course is acclaimed for its choice of on-course restaurants including the Final Furlong restaurant situated in the tented village area and the chic Mer seafood bar at the Paddock and Turf restaurant on the ground floor of the Country enclosure with a la carte menu. Restaurant 1539 offers the ultimate racecourse dining experience, with glass frontage and panoramic views.

Chester Racecourse Hotels & Accommodation

With its great central location, Chester Racecourse hotels and accommodation choice is extensive across the city centre, with one hotel actually located within the grounds. Chester hotels offer a selection of all inclusive racing packages, racing banquet menus and more, with special discounts often available. B&Bs and hotels will usually happily pre-order taxis to race meets by request.

Conference, Weddings & Events at Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse has picked up awards for its excellent catering services and offers outstanding conference, wedding and events packages. Book all-inclusive wedding packages in the Paddock inclusive of wedding breakfast, Civil Ceremony and evening reception or why not combine your extra special wedding day with a day at the races! Choose from a range of wedding menu packages and take a look at Chester Racecourse's fabulous facilities on one of several Open Days through the year!

A wide range of conference and business venues and facilities on-course cater for large and small business meetings - up to 2000 guests at the multi-functional Festival Village! Restaurant 1539 with roof top terrace is available for exclusive hire or use our super Outside Catering team with extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

Accommodation in Chester City Centre

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  • Chester   (0.2 miles from the centre of Chester City Centre)
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    Modern Chester hotel with newly refurbished double & family guest rooms. 30 minutes initial free Wi-Fi, flexible check in/ out facility, travel cots. No onsite parking.
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    Quality modern hotel accommodation in the heart of Chester close to the race course and city centre with restaurant, chargeable parking onsite and free WiFi. Station 200 yards.
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  • Chester   (0.4 miles from the centre of Chester City Centre)
     
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    Just 3 minutes’ walk from Chester’s centre, The Ormonde Guest House provides free parking, spacious rooms, and free Wi-Fi. Full English breakfasts are available, and Chester Rac...
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    Base Serviced Apartments - City Road is centrally located in Chester, walking distance from Grosvenor Park and close to Eastgate Clock. This apartment is within close proximity ...
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