All accommodation advertised on this page are near to the course
Chester Racecourse, known as the Roodee, is according to official records the oldest racecourse still in use in England.Horse racing at Chester dates back to the early sixteenth century. It is also thought to be the smallest racecourse of significance in England at just over 1-mile (1.6 km) - it is 1 mile and 1 furlong long.
The racecourse's position in the city makes race meetings at Chester very popular as it is only a very short stroll to all the hotels, bars, shopping and restaurants. A great free view of the course can be had from the old Roman wall that circumnavigates Chester. The racecourse itself is just over 1-mile (1.6 km) long, flat and raced anti-clockwise or left-handed. The main characteristic of the course is the very short straight (239 yards). As such, long-strided horses, which perform better on straights, are at a distinct disadvantage.
In 2008, a restaurant opened at the racecourse, named 1539, after the first year racing took place at Chester.