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Chester Racecourse

Horse racing

Chester Races have become synonymous with Chester as a city, and rightly so given that we are home to the country’s oldest racecourse! The Chester Grosvenor is ideally situated for Chester Races accommodation, under a ten minute walk away!

The first recorded race was held on 9th February 1539 in the reign of Henry the Eighth, organised by Henry Gee, Mayor of Chester this became an annual horse race meeting on the Roodee. The original prize was a silver bell that was presented to the winning owner of, “The horse that ran before all others”. Due to his involvement and love of horse racing, Henry Gee’s name became synonymous with race horses and  today they are still often called, ‘gee gees’

In 1817 the first grandstand was built as a result of the popularity of the annual Chester races and ever since it has seen millions of dapper looking men and women with extravagant hats parading alongside the horses at some of the world’s most memorable Race Days.

The Chester Grosvenor is the place race-goers go to experience five star luxury near Chester Racecourse. Make a weekend of it and visit one of Chester’s many nearby attractions. The famous Chester Zoo is a ten minute drive away and is a must for animal lovers and those with an interest in conservation. For world class shopping visit designer outlet village Cheshire Oaks, with 160 shops and free parking! Or simply soak up Chester’s rich history with a trip to Chester Cathedral and a walk around the Roman city walls.

If you are planning a trip to Chester and would like to check availability for Chester Races accommodation at the Chester Grosvenor please click here.

Experience the best of Chester Raceday dining in the stylish La Brasserie. Open all day La Brasserie is a great place to enjoy a drink before the races or a delicious post-race meal with friends. Book online here.

When looking for spa hotels near Chester Racecourse, The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor could not be better placed. A tranquil haven in the heart of the city, offering 25% off treatments on selected race days. Click here for full details of Chester Races spa offers.

For all other Chester Grosvenor race day offers click here.

Race Calendar

May Race Festival 8th to 10th May
City Day – Wednesday 8th May
Ladies Day – Thursday 9th May
Chester Cup Day – Friday 10th May
Roman Day Saturday 25th May
Summer Saturday –Saturday 15th June
Ladies Evening – Friday 28th June
Summer Festival Saturday 29th June
Ladies & Gents Evening – Friday 12th July
City Plate Day – Saturday 13th June
Midsummer Meeting – Saturday 27th July
Family Funday - Sunday 4th August
Ladies Day – Saturday 31st August
Autumn Festival – Saturday 14th September
Season Finale – Saturday 28th September