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Galway Races Summer Festival


29th July - 4th August 2024


Our Galway Summer Festival Experiences

Our experiences are based on two nights accommodation from Wednesday 31st July - Friday 2nd August, attending the Galway Summer Festival on Wednesday & Thursday. Trip extensions are personalised itineraries are available, please enquire for more details.

The Connacht Hotel

Situated just 10 minutes from Galway racecourse and less than 1.5 miles from Galway centre, The Connacht is a stylish hotel, home to bright modern bedrooms, a number of dining options and excellent leisure facilities.

What's included?

- Two nights accommodation at The Connacht Hotel

- Breakfast each morning

- Return racecourse transfers 

- Tickets to Galway Festival on Wednesday and Thursday 

- Return Coach Airport Transfers to Shannon Airport

- Flights can be requested on enquiry/booking

from £499.00

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Tickets & Enclosures

There are three main options for racegoers during the Galway Summer Festival, General Admission, The Festival Package & The Premium Festival Package. Details of what each option includes can be found on the links below. 


General Admission


The Festival Package


The Premium Festival Package

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The Racedays

With seven days of racing there is plenty on offer for everyone!  

Racing Breaks recommends Wednesday and Thursday where the feature races appear, The Tote Galway Plate and the Guinness Galway Hurdle.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday's racing starts from 5pm, with live music being held throughout the week. 


Opening Day

Monday 29th July

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Throwback Tuesday

Tuesday 30th July

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Galway Plate Day

Wednesday 31st July

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Ladies Day

Thursday 1st August

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Friday's Most Stylish

Friday 2nd August

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The Weekender

Saturday 3rd August


Family Fun Day

Sunday 4th August


About the Galway Races Summer Festival

Galway Racecourse plays host to one of the greatest race meetings in the world, the famous and iconic Galway Races Summer Festival, that boasts seven days of superb racing, hospitality, entertainment, stunning fashion and an electric atmosphere.

Our package includes tickets to Galway Plate Day and Galway Hurdle/Ladies Day. Plate Day is also Country Music Day. Tune in for one of the big races of the week, the historic Tote Galway Plate, worth €250,000. This race is awash with quality, with experienced chasers taking on emerging youngsters and has produced some high-class recent winners including, Balko Des Flos and Road To Riches. 

Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Festival, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar.

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Hospitality at the Galway Races Summer Festival

Galway Races offer a variety of hospitality options over the Summer Festival weekend. These range from the Silver Package in the Plate & Hurdle Suites, right up to the Panoramic Restaurant Package located on the top floor with stunning views over the racecourse.

Our recommended upgrades are outlined below, but for more information on the full range of options, or to book hospitality only please enquire using the link below.


The Killanin Stand Silver Package


Panoramic Restaurant Gold Package

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Flights to Shannon and Airport Transfers

If required, we can include flights to Shannon within any of our experiences*

Airport transfers are based on recommended flights for our Galway experience however alternative travel arrangements or private airport transfers can be arranged. 

Please enquire for more information. 

*Please note, we are unable to include flights with Ryanair

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