Gather Your TribeFeatured Event
The highly-anticipated week long seven-day Galway Races Summer Festival kicks off on Monday 27th July with the first of seven races taking place at 5.20pm. Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the iconic Galway Races that boasts superb horse racing, hospitality, entertainment with Live Bands and DJ’s daily, striking fashion and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the sheer magic and infectious fun atmosphere that we are famous for! In 2020 Galway City and County will also celebrate being the European Capital of Culture with lots happening in the City before and after racing.
Sports & Social DayFeatured Event
Head to Galway for the second day of the 2020 Summer Festival for a fantastic evening of great horse racing, entertainment and a sports twist to the event as they host their celebrity ‘Paddy Power Zorbing Derby’ in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. This fundraiser takes place before racing begins and will feature five well known faces or ‘zorb athletes’ who take part so lots of fun in store for such a great cause.
The Galway PlateFeatured Event
Thetote.com Galway Plate…one of the best days to come racing and witness a cracker of a race. Wednesday marks the third day of the Summer Festival which gets underway at 5:10pm with seven excellent races on the card sponsored by Tote Ireland. Thetote.com Galway Plate race has been running at Ballybrit since 1869 with more heritage and prestige than any other race run at Galway Racecourse.
Ladies DayFeatured Event
Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Races, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar. The first of eight races takes place at 2pm with the feature race the ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap’ with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer. All 8 races on the card are sponsored by Guinness.
Friday's Most StylishFeatured Event
With sevenvery competitive races on the card, Friday is always a hugely popular evening race meeting and a great way to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend. The first race starts at 5.10pm with all races generously sponsored by Guinness. Friday also plays host to the elegant and stylish ‘Friday’s Most Stylish Competition’, sponsored by Athlone Towncentre.
Social SaturdayFeatured Event
What better way to enjoy a day out with your family with fun and colour at the heart of this special day – make memories this Summer! With the gates open from 11.30am, the first race is off at 2pm and offers a fun afternoon for all.
Mad Hatters DayFeatured Event
The final day of the Summer Festival 2020 epitomises that old adage about saving the best for last! For 2020 the Family Days will take place on Saturday and Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting. Fun and colour is the theme for these spectacular days with children admitted free of charge. There is lots of entertainment for the young racegoer including bouncy castles, a children’s disco, slides, face painting and crazy characters throughout the enclosure.
September Festival MondayFeatured Event
Monday 16th September is an action packed national hunt card with seven races on offer.
September Festival TuesdayFeatured Event
Tuesday 17th September offers a flat card with seven races on offer.
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.