Chester Race Course

Photo: Sue Adair

Visit Chester Race Course, the oldest racecourse still in use in England. Horse racing at Chester is dates back to early in the sixteenth century, prior to which the site was home to the infamous and bloody Goteddsday football match.

Come and enjoy one of the race days, such as Roman Day, May Festival and Ladies Day and marvel at the exciting atmosphere that emerges in the stadium. Chester Cup Day during the May festival is not to be missed. The Chester Cup was first run in 1824 and is considered an early season test for jockeys to put themselves and their horses through their paces.

Have a tour on a race day and get the opportunity to see behind the scenes of Chester Racecourse, not normally open to the public. Visit the weighing room, watch the horses arrive and get a unique close up view of the Chester Cup and the Chester Vase. Learn how jockeys prepare for the race and how the races are administered.
For a different experience come and see the polo at Chester Race course which is held by Coutts International on a weekend in June, now in its seventh year.


The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY
Tel: 01244 304600
Times: See attraction for specific details.