Chester Racecourse is steeped in history and famous for being the oldest racecourse still in operation in the UK. Positioned in central Chester, the course combines the excitement of a day at the races with a unique, city-center location, making it a magnet for both racing enthusiasts and those looking for a day out with a difference.

The racecourse, known affectionately as the Roodee, is a tight, left-handed flat racing track that encircles the city’s ancient Roman walls. This close proximity to the action makes for one of a kind spectator experience, with the sounds and sights of racing seemingly more immersive than with some other courses. The challenging course is relatively small at 1 mile and 1 furlong long.

Due to its location the course is, as you’d expect, well-served by public transport, with ample parking for those who instead prefer to drive. This ease of access makes it feel like a racecourse for all.

The standout event in Chester’s racing calendar has to be the May Festival, a three-day event that signals the start of the flat racing season. Large crowds head to the course to watch the likes of the Cheshire Oaks, Chester Vase, Huxley Stakes and the Chester Cup (a handicap race that has been a staple of the racecourse since the early 19th century).

Facilities at the course are top notch with a range of hospitality and dining options catering to all tastes and budgets. Chester Racecourse plays a significant role in the local community by hosting a variety of non-racing theemd events, including live music concerts, food festivals and more. This versatility measn that there is nearly always something of nore happening at Chester racecourse.