GALWAY FESTIVAL

Race and Stay

29th July - 4th August

Galway Festival Official Guest Partner

Galway Festival

  Mon 29th July - Sun 4th August 2024

For seven days leading up to the August Holiday weekend 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. Top Class Racing, Gourmet Food, Stunning Fashion and top quality entertainment ensure that the Galway Festival on the West Coast of Ireland, delivers the ultimate race fan experience at one of the best racing events held each year.

Galway Festival

The Races

Key races feature on each day of the week with the premier days being Wednesday for the Tote sponsored Galway Plate and Thursday for Ladies Day and the Guinness sponsored Galway Hurdle. That said good quality and exciting races take place on all of the days. Monday and Tuesday are evening meetings. Wednesday also starts late, a premier day with the prestigious Tote Galway Plate anchoring the days racing. Thursday is Ladies Day, which features the valuable Guinness Galway Hurdle as the main event. Friday is an evening meeting and a very popular day, the day the locals all attend, with more good quality racing taking place. Saturday and Sunday are afternoon meetings featuring ultra competitive racing with a host of entertainment going on in the background.

Galway Festival

The Experience

The Galway Festival is renowned for an electric atmosphere, thrilling, top class, flat and jump racing and a fabulous vibe post racing in all Hotels and in Galway City, the social hub of the festival week.

Racing usually starts at 5:10pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday and around 2:00pm on Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. Guests have plenty of time after a hearty breakfast to enjoy a visit to Galway City, Play Golf, take a trip to the many visitor atractions or just to chill out before the day's excitement begins. We always run special tours and events throughout the week to make your stay with us as memorable as it can be.

Race and Stay Packages

Your Choice of Everything

CONNACHT HOTEL

15 mins from Galway Racecourse

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


  • 414 Bedrooms
  • Various Dining Options
  • Room Service Available
  • Award Winning Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fully Equippped Gym
  • Free Car Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

From Only € 239 pp

Based on a minimum of 2 Guests sharing

Exclusive Extras

You can add to your package

Racecourse Dining

VIP Hospitality from €89pp

The best way to enjoy the Galway Festival is to book a Hospitality package in one of the fabulous Grandstands with excellent views over the track. Guests are seated on tables of 10 and your day will be spent in comfort and style. Gourmet Food, Stunning Fashion and top quality entertainment to accompany your VIP Hospitality Package gives you the ultimate race fan experience at one of the best racing festivals in the world.

Premier Upgrades

Seats & Lounge

Race and Stay have Parade Ring Lounge packages available for all days of the 2024 Festival week. The Parade Ring Lounge Badge includes: Parade Ring Lounge Access Badge, Viewing area from the Marquee of the Parade Ring seperate bar and food facilities. You can also upgrade your admission ticket to include a Grandstand reserved seat from only €25 per person per day. Availability is limited so please contact us to book.

VIP Transport

Available All Days

If you are looking for a true VIP Galway 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.