Horse Racing

You can enjoy all types of horse racing, from the social whirl of Chester Races, the fanfare and circus of the Grand National at Aintree and the rural splendour of Bangor On Dee.

  • Chester Races – the racecourse is unique in being within the city bounds, and is within walking distance of the city centre. The race-course is actually sited on the old Roman harbour, which became silted up – a process which saw a succession of ports down the Dee Estuary become land-locked, one after another. Where Roman fighting ships and cargo barges once rocked at anchor, Epsom hopefuls now race around the turf. Horse racing is a tremendous social event in Chester, particularly Ladies’ Day.
  • Grand National at Aintree – the Grand National is probably the most famous steeplechase in the world, and if you want to join the punters there you’ll find Higher Farm is an excellent to stay. We’re only 20 minutes from Chester, with direct rail services to Liverpool Lime Street and on to Aintree station, which is right by the racecourse. Avoid the traffic, avoid the crowds and have a pleasant stay in beautiful Cheshire countryside to round off your racing!
  • Bangor-On-Dee (Bangor-Is-Y-Coed) is a pretty little town, with a few quiet streets and a lovely old bridge across the Dee. Once a monastery settlement and an important centre of learning, the town today hosts both National Hunt and Point-to-Point racing. The racecourse is in a lovely wooded setting on the floodplain of the Dee, just a mile from the town.