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Galway Racecourse

Racecourse Guide

Put simply, the Galway festival is Ireland’s biggest annual sporting event. Much like the Melbourne Cup does in Australia, the Galway Festival brings the west coast and much of the country to a standstill as people flock to Ballybrit in search of experiencing something truly unique to Ireland. Galway races are evident all year round, but the seven day extravaganza which begins at the end of July, trumps the other meetings at not only Galway, but pretty much everywhere else in the country. The track itself is more or less rectangular in shape and is a sharp, right-handed course with a two furlong uphill finish. The Galway Hurdle is the biggest race at the festival is worth 260,000 Euro to the winner, although the Galway Plate isn’t far behind in terms of stature. Galway is a course to enjoy at any time but for the festival just take a day or two off - pull a sickie, do what you must, but at some stage you must go to Galway to experience the truly outstanding festival.

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Contact and Location

Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway. Ireland.
Official Website:

Local Knowledge


  1. Galway Big O Cabs (0.9 miles away)
    Tel: +353 91 778888

  2. Joseph Fahy (1.1 miles away)
    Tel: +353 91 753999

  3. J Austin Walsh (1.1 miles away)
    Tel: +353 91 755921

Places to Stay

  1. The Connacht Hotel (1.5 miles away)
    Dublin Road, Galway, Ireland
    Tel: +353 91 381200

  2. The g Hotel (1.7 miles away)
    Wellpark, Co. Galway, Ireland
    Tel: +353 91 865200

  3. Menlo Park Hotel & Conference Centre (2.1 miles away)
    Terryland, Headford Rd, Galway, Ireland
    Tel: +353 91 761122

Places to Eat

  1. The Dough Bros (2.8 miles away)
    Unit 1 Cathedral Buildings, Middle Street, Galway, Ireland
    Tel: +353 87 176 1662

  2. The Dail Bar (2.8 miles away)
    42-44 Middle Street, Galway, H91 R8W3, Ireland
    Tel: +353 91 563777

  3. Front Door / Sonny's (2.8 miles away)
    3 High Street, Galway, Ireland
    Tel: +353 91 563757