Galway Races

Fabulous Racing on the West Coast

Galway Racecourse is one of our premier racecourses, located only 6km from Galway City centre. Galway stages usually 13 race days year, both Flat and National Hunt, including the iconic seven-day long Galway Summer Festival held in late July and including the August public holiday each year.

Galway Racecourse, better known as Ballybrit to the locals, is a right handed and almost rectangular circuit of 1 mile 2 furlongs with a sharp decent to the turn in and uphill finish of 2 furlongs offering fabulous viewing for all races. Unique for having the last two fences within a few strides of each other Chase races are always exciting to watch, especially the prestigious and valuable Galway Plate, held on festival Wednesday each season.

Aside from the seven day long Summer Festival Galway stages two other excellent festivals during the year, the two day September Festival and the three day October Festival. A day at Galway Races never disappoints, Great racing, fabulous food, enthralling entertainment and classy fashion to enjoy on whichever of the ecclectic mix of race day's you attend.

Race & Stay Packages

All You Need in One Easy Transaction

Race and Stay are the Largest and the Premier Horse Racing Tour Specialists in Ireland. Over 40,000 happy guests have booked with us and we are the only Official Guest Travel Partner for Galway Racecourse.

Start by selecting the race meeting you'd like to go to from the options below, You can book online, over the phone or by email with confidence for any number of guests, with just one fully refundable €100 deposit backed up by our 100% refund guarantee.

Our ready-made packages are ideal for most guests but, as always, we are very happy to build a package to perfectly suit you. your group size and budget. Just call us on +353 59 8623 998 or email us tell us exactly what you want and we will build your perfect Galway Races package for you.

Race & Stay Packages

All You Need in One Easy Transaction

Race and Stay are Horse Racing Ireland's Official Travel Partner

Summer Festival

July 29th - 4th August 2024

A week long festival of flat and jump racing on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, featuring the iconic Galway Plate and Galway Hurdle with other top quality Races to enjoy over the seven days.

For seven days in late July Galway is the only place to be for the world renowned Galway Summer Racing Festival. This is the Irish racing festival everyone wants to go to. World Class Racing, Gourmet Food, Stunning Fashion and top quality entertainment ensure that the Galway Festival delivers the ultimate race fan experience at one of the best racing festivals in the world. Race & Stay Packages from only €169 per guest including everything you need for a perfect Galway racing break.

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Autumn Festival

11th & 12th September 2023

A fabulous two days of racing on the West Coast of Ireland. September is a great time of year to visit Galway, The City and of course the races.

A fabulous 2 day or more racing break in the City of the Tribes (as Galway is called) taking in the sights and sounds of the locality as well as enjoying a day of Jump Racing followed by a day of Flat racing. Always well supported by locals this two day fixture also attracts a large number of tourists and visiting racing fans. Great value Race and Stay Packages start from only €149 per guest and they include all you need for a fabulous racing break.

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October Festival

28th - 30th October 2023

The Galway October Festival is run over the three days of the October Public Holiday weekend here in Ireland. Very popular with locals and tourists alike with great entertainment each day during and after racing.

The October Festival features 2 days of top quality Jump racing on the 28th & 29th followed by a busy Bank Holiday Monday 30th October meeting of Flat racing. Always well supported with large crowds, although not as busy as the large Summer Festival it is an exciting and great value race weekend to attend. We have complete Race and Stay packages available from only €149 per guest. with all you need included in one easy transaction.

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