Christmas Festival Day 1Featured Event
The jumps racing festivities beginning the day after Christmas is much akin to a shining toy found beneath the tree on Christmas day. It is a reason to continue the winter celebrations, and a trip to Leopardstown is a tradition upheld by legions. For many, the Christmas racing festival is more eagerly anticipated than the event of Christmas itself. Leopardstown certainly delivers the presents, offering a shiny trophy in the Racing Post Novice Steeplechase as the first of seven Grade 1 races over the 4 day festival. This present is warmly wrapped with the high class venue, fantastic post-racing entertainment and gourmet food & beverages that Leopardstown has to offer.
Christmas Festival Day 2Featured Event
Day two of the festival achieves what may seem impossible after the top class exhibit of day one by further increasing the exhilaration for racing fans. Two consecutive grade 1 races are held in both disciplines of National Hunt, showcasing the best of steeplechasers and hurdlers abilities in the Paddy Power sponsored ‘Cashcard Steeplechase’ and ‘Champions Novice Hurdle’. The feature race of the day, the ‘Paddy Power Steeplechase’ (Grade B) is highly competitive, as it is the most valuable race on the card at €190,000 in prize money. A jam packed day of top quality racing is complimented by the hugely popular ticketing packages and bundles offered by Leopardstown Racecourse.
Christmas Festival Day 3Featured Event
Day three of the festival is renowned as the most prestigious day of the festival and is fittingly complimented by the Ladies Day grandeur. Elegant individuals put their best foot forward in pursuit for the ultimate compliment of the ‘Best Dressed’ title. Some may argue that the two legged style competitors are as strongly pitted on the stage as the four legged competitors are on the track.
Christmas Festival Day 4Featured Event
The final day of the festival is certainly ending on a high note, as Leopardstown showcases a live concert after a day of exciting racing, featuring the Ryanair Hurdle. Ryanair day is a favourite for families, as Leopardstown is an exciting venue appealing to both young and old and there are lots of family focused activities available free of charge. There is no better way to kick off the New Year’s Celebrations than at Leopardstown Racecourse, where the atmosphere is unparalleled and a winter day bounds with energy and excitement from the crowds.
Dublin Racing Festival Day 1Featured Event
Featuring the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle supported by two more Grade 1 races, two Grade 2 races and another two competitive handicaps. The Irish Champion Hurdle was won for five consecutive years by the great Hurricane Fly, who is immortalised at Leopardstown in a life-size bronze sculpture commissioned by his owners. Willie Mullins continued his domination of this race in 2016 with the impressive Faugheen but Henry de Bromhead claimed the title most recently with Gigginstown’s Petit Mouchoir.
Dublin Racing Festival Day 2Featured Event
The final day of this exciting new festival will be staged on Sunday 4th February with the Unibet Irish Gold Cup taking centre stage. Triple Gold Cup winner, Sizing John, trained by Jessica Harrington claimed the Irish Gold Cup this year and added both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Gold Cup to his victories in 2017. There is much more action on this day though as this is the only race meeting in Ireland to feature four Grade 1 races in one day, with the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, Flogas Novice Chase and Spring Juvenile Hurdle keeping the excitement going.
Where to be for the best views
General enclosure tickets give you access to the entire racecourse enclosure. This includes the lower level of the Grandstand.
How to find us
Public Transport Leopardstown is ideally located on the outskirts of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, and therefore benefits from ample public transport options.
BY LUAS The LUAS offers a regular service from St. Stephen’s Green to Sandyford that takes about 20 minutes. The racecourse is only a short walk from the Sandyford station and Leopardstown also provide a complimentary shuttle bus service on race days. The bus service runs 30 minutes prior to gate opening times until 30 minutes after the bars on site close. This service runs from car park A on the Leopardstown Road.
BY DART There is a limited complimentary shuttle bus operating from Blackrock DART station to Leopardstown on selected race days. Priority will be given to patrons who have purchased a Race and Rail ticket on Leopardstown.com. although if there is room – the bus will accommodate your group. Please check our website in advance of travel for operating dates and times. Leopardstown Racecourse will be operating a complimentary return shuttle bus for this facility also.
FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT Dublin Airport is about an hour's drive from Leopardstown racetrack. Aircoach operates a regular bus service between Dublin Airport and Burton Hall Road which is adjacent to the entrance to Leopardstown racecourse. There are also regular bus services into the city centre from the Airport.
Leopardstown is very accessible by car, easily accessed from the M50 motorway and offers complimentary car parking.
From the M50: take exit 15 and cross the flyover, following the signs for Leopardstown Racecourse. From Dublin city centre: Take the N11 (Stillorgan dual carriageway) heading towards the southeast, past Stillorgan. Turn right at traffic lights onto Leopardstown Road R113 signposted Leopardstown. Continue straight and Leopardstown's entrance is on the left just before the traffic lights in front of the roundabout.
Leopardstown boasts ample car parking and car park transport, all of which are complimentary. There are two entrances for cars to Leopardstown Racecourse on racedays.
The first entrance is off Leopardstown Road, near the junction linking Leopardstown Park Hospital, Leopardstown Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate and Brewery Road. The second entrance is off the M50 at junction 15 (Carrickmines). Shuttle buses transport patrons to and from the car parks free of charge for the entirety of the race day until the official close of the racecourse grounds.
What to wear
From Couture to comfort, Leopardstown Racecourse embraces the diverse style desires of their patrons.Glamour appears at Leopardstown as regularly as the horses, with stylish racegoers dressing to impress each race day. Leopardstown celebrates this by hosting numerous ladies days and style awards, offering opportunities for the most fashionable individuals to display their style in the spotlight.You will also see plenty of horse racing fans in practical, smart-casual clothing. While there is no strict dress code at Leopardstown Racecourse, smart-casual attire is recommended.
Leopardstown racecourse is located on the outskirts of the Irish capital, and is six miles south of Dublin city centre. This puts the venue in a prime location for access via public transport and personal vehicles alike. The racecourse itself was completed in 1888, modelled onSandown Park racecourse in Surrey, England. Today, the racecourse is owned by Horse Racing Ireland having purchased the site in 1967.
The track is situated on a 220 acre estate and runs as a left-handed oval track of one mile and six furlongs with an uphill finishing straight.. Leopardstown hosts several top class festivals and race meetings including the highest rated turf race in the world, QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes in September, the Leopardstown Christmas Festival in December and a newly announced National Hunt Festival taking place on the 3rd and 4th of February, which features The Irish Champion Hurdle on Saturday and The Irish Gold Cup on the Sunday of the festival. In the summer months, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown is a summer racing festival held on eight Thursday evenings, featuring live concerts after every race day. It is a prime destination that opens its doors for fantastic race days all year round.