Season Opening Meeting
The new season at Punchestown gets underway with a seven race card of jumping action. First race around 2.15pm
The Irish Daily Star Chase Day
The graded Irish Daily Star Chase often attracts big name contenders. Plenty of good quality racing is to be enjoyed so why not come along!
Winter Festival Day 1Featured Event
The Punchestown Winter Festival has become a real favourite with jump racing fans.
Winter Festival Day 2Featured Event
The first grade 1 of the Punchestown season and its a big one. The Unibet Morgiana Hurdle is the key indicator for champion hurdles at the spring festival. Won by the famous Hurricane Fly multiple times this race is a season debut for many of the biggest names in racing.
Mid Week Winter Racing
A great reason to get outdoors and enjoy the autumn leaves and Punchestown atmosphere.
John Durkan Memorial Chase Day
Grade 1 chasing action that attracts the top chasers and Gold Cup contenders. One not to be missed for national hunt fans.
BoyleSports Champion Chase DayFeatured 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.
Punchestown Gold Cup DayFeatured 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.
The Ladbrokes Champion Stayers HurdleFeatured 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.
The BETDAQ Champion Hurdle DayFeatured 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.
The AES Festival Family DayFeatured 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.
Where to be for the best views
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)
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.
How to find us
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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
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
Taxis can drop and collect fares directly at the main entrance. Taxi from Dublin city centre or international airport could cost from €50 - €80.
Free Parking - for up to 17,000 cars
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?
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.