IRISH DERBY FESTIVAL

Race and Stay

June 28th - 30th 2024

Irish Derby Festival

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th June 2024

The Irish Derby Festival includes three fabulous days of racing with excellent prize money. Ireland's premier Classic and a plethora of top class flat races to enjoy at the Curragh, in County Kildare, the Home of Irish flat Racing. Located only 40 minutes from Dublin Airport and City the Irish Derby Festival has a real Festival atmosphere on all three days, Do Not Miss It!!

Irish Derby Festival

The Races

Friday is the traditional opening of the Derby Festival. An evening race meeting featuring several good handicap races and the prestigious Apprentice Derby. A real party atmosphere with Music and entertainment throughout and after race concert.

Saturday is an afternoon meeting featuring the Pretty Polly stakes and Group 2 Races with the emhasis on Top quality racing, Good Food, Fashion and entertainment. Today is Ladies Day at the Curragh and your chance to dress up, see and be seen.

Sunday is Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day, the most prestigious race day in the Irish flat race calendar. The Highlight of the weekend with top quality Food, Fashion, Races and Music and entertianment throughout the day and live bands after racing.

Irish Derby Festival

The Experience

The Irish Derby Festival is renowned for an electric atmosphere, thrilling, top class, flat racing and a fabulous vibe post racing in Newbridge, Kildare and Naas Towns, the social hubs of the festival weekend.

Racing usually starts at 5:15pm on Friday and at 1:30pm on Saturday & Sunday. Guests have plenty of time after a hearty breakfast to enjoy a visit to The Irish National Stud, a variety of Traners yards or just to chill out before the day's excitement begins.

We always run special tours and events throughout the weekend to make your stay with us as memorable as it can be.

Special Tour Packages

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IRISH DERBY FESTIVAL

Exclusive Extended Package

With Coolmore and Irish National Stud Tours

5 Nights Tour Package

SOLD OUT FOR 2024

Join us for a Race and Stay very special trip this year arriving on Wednesday 26th June . Our tour includes a VIP Tour of Coolmore Stud on Thursday and Lunch at Mikey Ryans before a VIP Tour of the Irish National Stud on Thursday afternoon. On Friday we have orgainsed a special visit to Kildangan Stud, Godolphins Breeding operation in Ireland. This, coupled with a fabulous 3 days racing for the Irish Derby Festival at The Curragh on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with all transport, breakfast and some meals included. A fabulous, exciting tour package. Do not Miss it!


For Only € 1295 pp

Based on a minimum of 2 Guests sharing

Race and Stay Packages

Your Choice of Everything

WESTGROVE HOTEL

20 mins from The Curragh

SOLD OUT PLEASE SELECT ANOTHER HOTEL

A friendly Hotel within easy walking distance of Bars and Shops. Quality Bedrooms, Food and Service with excellent leisure facilities. Ideal for Singles, Couples and Groups.


  • 144 Bedrooms
  • Two Restaurant Options
  • Room Service Available
  • Award Winning Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fully Equippped Gym
  • Free Car Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

From Only € 159 pp

Based on a minimum of 2 Guests sharing

TALBOT HOTEL

40 mins from The Curragh

A fabulous Hotel in Carlow Town, with lots of bars and restaurants on your doorstep. Quality rooms, Great food and good service. Ideal for Singles, Couples and Groups.


  • 80 Bedrooms
  • Three Dining Options
  • Room Service Available
  • Busy Bar
  • Leisure Centre
  • Town Centre Hotel
  • Free Car Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

From Only € 169 pp

Based on a minimum of 2 Guests sharing

OSPREY HOTEL

25 mins from The Curragh

BOOK NOW SELLING FAST

Ideally located right in the heart of the social hub of Naas Town within easy walking distance of Bars and Entertainment. Ideal for Singles, Couples and Groups.


  • 144 Bedrooms
  • Two Restaurant Options
  • Room Service Available
  • Award Winning Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fully Equippped Gym
  • Free Car Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

From Only € 189 pp

Based on a minimum of 2 Guests sharing

CAMDEN COURT HOTEL

55 mins from The Curragh

Ideally located in Dublin City Centre within easy walking distance of the city attractions, bars and restaurants only 25 mins from Leopardstown. Ideal for Singles, Couples and Groups.


  • 251 Bedrooms
  • Casual & Fine Dining
  • 24 hr Room Service
  • Welcoming Bar
  • Great Leisure Facilities
  • Dublin Hotel
  • Discounted Car Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

From Only € 199 pp

Based on a minimum of 2 Guests sharing

Exclusive Extras

You can add to your package

Racecourse Dining

VIP Hospitality from €129pp

The Oaks Restaurant is our the popular dining venue. It’s friendly, relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect base for a day at The Curragh. Families, friends and clients return again and again to savour the delicious silver-service lunch or dinner along and superb views of the track from the seats or the parade ring from the balcony area. We may also have availability in our exclusive Race and Stay Galileo Suite. A full VIP experience in a luxury setting overlooking the whole of the Curragh with superb views from the panoramic windows and the full length balcony. Our menus vary from season to season but always include the best local produce and our experienced staff will also cater for special dietary requirements. Early Booking is strongly advised as there is very limited availability on all race days.

Irish National Stud

Exclusive VIP Guest Tour

Join us on Friday Afternoon or Saturday Morning for our VIP Irish National Stud Tour . Enjoy a VIP visit to one of Ireland's most succesful breeding operations, learn all about the iconic stud's history, racehorse breeding and more on your tour. Then meet the Irish Racing legends. Beef or Salmon, Hurricane Fly, Faugheen, Rite of Passage, Hardy Eustace and more. Feed them carrots and get a great picture taken with one of these equine legends. Then enjoy the fabulous new Irish Racehorse Experience. A virtual reality set up where you can own, train, ride and manage your own string of horses, great fun enjoyed by all our guests to the stud. Dont Miss it.

VIP Transport Options

Available All Days

If you are looking for a true VIP Navan Racing Experience then why not upgrade your package to include a VIP Transport Option. We can arrange great value Helicopter Transfers to and from the races, Chauffeur driven cars to and from the airport or to and from the races and even Private Jets to bring your group to Ireland. Just let us know what you'd like to make your experience unique and exciting and we will deliver.