New Years Eve Countdown
A firm family favourite is the New Years Eve countdown meeting at Punchestown, Welcomed with mulled wine and mince pies - what's not to like! First race approx 12 noon.
Punchestown Festival Day 1Featured Event
The opening day of the festival is one for the real racing fans with three brilliant grade 1 contests featuring the Boylesports Champion Chase. Festivities get underway throughout the enclosures with live music, great food and wonderful style.
Punchestown Festival Day 2Featured Event
The jewel in the crown of the entire event and probably the Irish jump racing calendar. The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup takes centre stage on day two. Live music, fashion and the brilliant atmosphere spills out from bars and venues throughout the enclosures.
Punchestown Festival Day 3Featured Event
Day three features the Ladbrokes Stayers Hurdle and the famous and historic La Touche cross country race which never fails to deliver a thrilling finish despite the challenges of the four mile test. The original racecourse sale is hosted by Goffs in the winners enclosure after racing.
Punchestown Festival Day 4Featured Event
The penultimate day of the Festival is considered by many to be the social highlight of the event. On the track current, past and potential champion hurdlers meet in the BETDAQ feature whilst the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady is unveiled on the main stage.
Punchestown Festival Day 5Featured Event
The final day of the Punchestown Festival is the Family Day on Saturday 2nd May.
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.