October RacedayFeatured Event
Tuesday sees a single day of racing with seven fantastic races on the card.
October Bank Holiday Festival - SaturdayFeatured Event
Come racing at Galway and join in on the fun of our popular Bank Holiday weekend race meeting! It’s the ideal way to spend your Bank Holiday weekend!
Saturday is Family Day with the first race off at 2.05pm. The day will include 7 action packed races aswell as lots of indoor family entertainment.
October Bank Holiday Festival - SundayFeatured Event
Sunday is the Breast Cancer Research Ireland fundraising day with the first race off at 1.05pm. The day will include 7 action packed races aswell as lots of entertainment.
October Bank Holiday Festival - MondayFeatured Event
Monday sees the return of the show stopping Student Raceday in conjunction with the NUIG Voluntary Services Abroad and NUIG Rugby Club, with 7 action packed races, live music, fashion competitions and much more.
How to find us
Located just off the M6 motorway, Galway Racecourse is easily accessible from Dublin, Cork, Limerick or any other location around Ireland. It is located 40 minutes from Shannon Airport, 1 hour from Knock Airport, 2 hours from Dublin Airport and 2.5 hours from Cork Airport.
From Dublin & East
Follow R148 and N4 to M4 in South Dublin. Follow M4 and M6 to Bothar na dTreabh/N6 in Galway. Continue on Bothar na dTreabh/N6 to your destination
Take R445 to N18 in Clare. Take M18 to N66 in Galway. Follow N18 and R446 to your destination in Galway.
Take N20, N18, M18 and N18 to R339 in Galway. Take Ballybrit Cres to your destination.
From The North
Get on A12 from A1 and Grosvenor Rd/B38. Take M1 to A1 in Lisburn. Take the A1 exit from M1. Continue to N1. Take M1, M4 and M6 to Bothar na dTreabh/N6 in Galway. Continue on Bothar na dTreabh/N6 to your destination.
Races Shuttle Bus
Shuttle Bus from Eyre Square to Race Course for Galway Races Summer Festival 2017 Buses will depart outside The Skeff Bar in Eyre Square. Return services starts before 2nd last race and after the races.
Pre-registration is essential for helicopter landings at Galway Races. Please contact Galway Racecourse for landing requirements.
Parking is available on-site.
What to wear
There is no strict dress code at Galway Racecourse, however it is advisable to dress appropriately for the weather with many racegoers opting for smart dress. Racing doesn’t happen every day, so why not treat your visit as a special occasion?
In over one hundred years of racing at Ballybrit, the Galway Races has gone from strength to strength with now in excess of 150,000 poeple attending the week long festival every year. Recognised as the greatest mid-summer festival in Ireland, punters from all over the world visit the famous race track year after year for a great mixture of racing and old Irish craic.
When the racing is over they stream into the city to carry late into the night. The Galway Race Course Committee pays tribute to Lord St. Lawrence, the man who started it all.