What's On

Sat 18 Nov 2017

Winter Festival Day 1

Winter Festival Day 1

Sun 19 Nov 2017

Winter Festival Day 2

Winter Festival Day 2

Wed 29 Nov 2017

Mid Week Winter Racing

Mid Week Winter Racing

Sun 10 Dec 2017

John Durkan Memorial Chase Day

John Durkan Memorial Chase Day

Sun 31 Dec 2017

New Years Eve Countdown

New Years Eve Countdown

Sat 13 Jan 2018

Welcome 2018 Raceday

Welcome 2018 Raceday

Tue 24 Apr 2018

BoyleSports Champion Chase Day 2018

Featured Event

The opening day is a feast for racing fans with three Grade 1 races including the feature BoyleSports Champion Chase. In addition there are two other Grade 1's, The Herald Champion Novice Hurdle over 2 miles and the Growise Novice Chase over 3 miles. There are 7 races this day. First race 3.40pm and the last race is at 7.15pm.

Wed 25 Apr 2018

Punchestown Gold Cup 2018

Featured Event

The highlight of the chase calendar with the Grade 1 Punchestown Gold Cup. This day also features the hotly contested Champion Bumper, The Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle over 3 miles and the Weatherbys GSB EBF Mares Flat Race (Listed Race). The first race is at 3.40pm and the last race is at 7.15pm.

Thu 26 Apr 2018

The Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle 2018

Featured Event

There are two Grade 1 races including the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle and the Ryanair Novice Chase over 2 miles not to mention the famous La Touche Cross Country race on day three of the festival. The first race is at 3.40pm and the last race is at 7.15pm.

Fri 27 Apr 2018

The BETDAQ Champion Hurdle Day 2018

Featured Event

The jewel in the crown of the Festival. A favourite with race goers, locals and socialisers alike. This day attracts crowds in excess of 28,000 and has a real party atmosphere. The quality of racing is fantastic with the best two mile hurdlers battling for the champion title. The first race is at 3.40pm last race 7.45pm.

Sat 28 Apr 2018

The AES Festival Family Day 2018

Featured Event

Since its introduction as a Festival day the Saturday has become the biggest attended day of the entire festival. The focus is on youth with the AES Champion 4 year old hurdle being the feature race. The Junior Jockey Fun Club is also available that day with pony rides, face painting, bouncy castles and so much more. A favourite with groups, locals and families. The first race is at 2.30pm last race 6.45pm.

Recommended Packages

Hotel and tickets ...

Punchestown Opening Day Package

Mon 23 Apr 2018 - Wed 25 Apr 2018

  • General Admission - Tuesday

    Return Flights from London Heathrow
    Airport Transfers

  • Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

from
£419.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


Our Two Night Punchestown Opening Day package incorporates flights, transfers, accommodation and tickets to the first day of the Punchestown Festival.

Departing London on Monday evening you will fly into Dublin before being transferred to Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort which is located just 10 minutes from Punchestown Racecourse. After enjoying the racing on Tuesday you will fly back on Wednesday, arriving back into London on Wednesday afternoon.

Your Package Includes


  • Return Direct Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin (timings below)
  • Private Return Airport Transfers
  • 2 Nights Accommodation at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort
  • Breakfast each Morning
  • General Admission Ticket to Tuesday of the Punchestown Festival

Itinerary


Monday 23rd April 2018

  • Depart London Heathrow at 18:45 arriving into Dublin Airport at 20:05
  • Upon arrival you will be collected and transferred directly to the hotel.
  • Check-in at the hotel for the first of two nights accommodation.

Tuesday 24th April 2018

  • After breakfast you will have the morning at leisure before heading to Punchestown to enjoy the first day of the Festival, The BoyleSports Champion Chase Day.

Wednesday 25th April 2018

  • After breakfast you will be collected and transferred back to Dublin Airport ready to fly back to London.
  • Depart Dublin at 15:15 arriving back into London Heathrow at 16:40.

Optional Extras


  • Add a round of Golf at Tulfarris
  • Add an additional nights accommodation
  • Add an additional days racing

prices available on request

Additional Information


About the Tickets

Admission to the General Enclosure offer access to the; Parade Ring, Grandstand, Public Food Outlets, Shopping Village and multiple bars.

About the Hotel

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is a four star complex, situated on the shores of the Blessington Lakes against the backdrop of the Wicklow mountains. This beautiful 200 acre estate is only 37 kilometres from Dublin City, an idyllic location for a short break away.

About the Flights

Flights within this package are with British Airways. Different departure airports and flight timings are available on request.

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Punchestown Weekend Package

Fri 27 Apr 2018 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

  • General Admission - Friday & Saturday

    Return Flights from London Heathrow
    Airport Transfers

  • Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

from
£479.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information


Our Two Night Punchestown Weekend package incorporates flights, transfers, accommodation and tickets to the final two days of the Punchestown Festival.

Departing London on Friday morning you will fly into Dublin before being transferred to Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort which is located just 10 minutes from Punchestown Racecourse. After enjoying two days racing you will fly back on Sunday afternoon, arriving back into London on Sunday evening.

Your Package Includes


  • Return Direct Flights from London Heathrow to Dublin (timings below)
  • Private Return Airport Transfers
  • 2 Nights Accommodation at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort
  • Breakfast each Morning
  • General Admission Ticket to Friday & Saturday of the Punchestown Festival

Itinerary


Friday 27th April 2018

  • Depart London Heathrow at 06:45 arriving into Dublin Airport at 08:10.
  • Upon arrival you will be collected and transferred directly to the hotel.
  • Once settled you will head to Punchestown on Friday afternoon to enjoy The BETDAQ Champion Hurdle Day.

Saturday 28th April 2018

  • After breakfast you will have the morning at leisure before heading back to Punchestown to enjoy the final day of the Festival, The AES Festival Family Day.

Sunday 29th April 2018

  • After breakfast you will be collected and transferred back to Dublin Airport ready to fly back to London.
  • Depart Dublin at 11:05 arriving back into London Heathrow at 12:35.

Optional Extras


  • Add a round of Golf at Tulfarris
  • Add an additional nights accommodation
  • Add an additional days racing

prices available on request

Additional Information


About the Tickets

Admission to the General Enclosure offer access to the; Parade Ring, Grandstand, Public Food Outlets, Shopping Village and multiple bars.

About the Hotel

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is a four star complex, situated on the shores of the Blessington Lakes against the backdrop of the Wicklow mountains. This beautiful 200 acre estate is only 37 kilometres from Dublin City, an idyllic location for a short break away.

About the Flights

Flights within this package are with British Airways. Different departure airports and flight timings are available on request.

More information Hide information

Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

General Admission

Admission to the general enclosure, parade ring, grandstand, public food outlets, shopping village and multiple bars. (Upgrades to the reserved enclosure can be purchased on the day of racing)

Reserved Enclosure

The reserved enclosure is considered the social hub of the Festival in April. In addition to the general enclosure facilities, reserved enclosure ticket holders can enjoy trackside lawns at the last fence, the famous Sky Bar, additional seating, the Bollinger Champagne Pavilion, dining, betting and live music. Book early for Festival Friday to avoid disappointment as there is a limited capacity.

Punchestown, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland
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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

By Car

From Dublin Airport - 48kms (30 miles) M1, M50, N7, R410 From Dublin City - 35km (22miles) N7, R410 From Cork - 2hrs, 40 mins, N8, N7 R410 From Galway - 2hrs, 50mins M6, M4, M50, N7, R410 From Belfast - 2hrs, 20mins, M1, M50, N7, R410

Festival Coach Service From Dublin City Centre & Naas Town

Marathon Travel are the official transport partners for the 2017 Punchestown Festival. The service will cater for Dublin city centre & Naas town. We recommend advance booking to save money and secure your seat. For Advance, Group & Private Bookings: Phone +353 (0) 1 4755010 or email info@marathontravel.ie

Naas Shuttle Service

Local companies will be doing a shuttle service from outside Lawlors Hotel and outside the Post Office in the middle of Naas starting from 11.30. They will also do return shuttle.

NON - FESTIVAL Bus Service

Unfortunately due to fluctuating demand we no longer operate a direct coach service to Punchestown outside of the festival dates. Any exceptions to this will be notified via Twitter and Facebook but please feel free to contact the Punchestown office should you have any queries. We would suggest that a bus to Naas (2 miles from racecourse) and a taxi from one of the two ranks on the main street is the best option. There is a very helpful website called www.gethere.ie that can assist in your transport query. The following companies operate services from Dublin City centre to Naas main street: www.jjkavanagh.ie www.dublincoach.ie www.buseireann.ie

By Rail

Irish Rail operate a service from Dublin's Heuston Station to Sallins (just outside Naas). During the festival there will be a shuttle bus service in operation which will transfer passengers to Poplar Square in Naas for free. From there the raceday bus will collect (from €5) or a taxi direct to the track should be around €10 - €15.

By Air

Visit www.ryanair.com our official airline partners fly from 16 different locations throughout the UK. Please check bus/coach and rail sections for transfer details.

By Sea

Our friends at Irish Ferries have kindly offered a 10% for sailings around the Punchestown Festival. Dublin City Port - 40 mins Dun Laoghaire - 45mins Rosslare Harbour - 2hrs Larne, Belfast - 3hrs

By Helicopter

Visit www.executive-helicopters.com Executive Helicopters offer transfers from various airports, hotel and private locations to our heli-pad located at Punchestown racecourse. For further information please contact Billy at 086 2582248

By Taxi

Taxis can drop and collect fares directly at the main entrance. Taxi from Dublin city centre or international airport could cost from €50 - €80.

Parking

Free Parking - for up to 17,000 cars

Dress Codes

What to wear

There is no dress code at Punchestown. So dress up or dress down, it's up to you. Those attending hospitality pavilions tend to wear smart casual but most wear suits. However, how often do you get a chance to get dressed in your finest?

Racecourse Information

The History

Punchestown Racecourse is one of Ireland's top racecourses and is the host of the world renowned five-day Punchestown Festival at the end of each season.

Punchestown is located close to the town of Naas in Co. Kildare, 20km south of Dublin.

The 2017 Festival runs froms Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April 2017.

The Punchestown Festival is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendar. The special combination of thrilling sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and drink, family fun, stunning glamour or casual comfort is unequalled thanks to the unique Punchestown Festival atmosphere.

The Punchestown Festival is considered the ‘Grand Finale’ of the jump season with top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish sea converging on the Kildare venue to settle scores and confirm reputations. The quality of racing is unrivalled with a total of 12 Grade 1 contests taking place. It's a "must see" for any racing fan.