The Curragh is mentioned in the earliest Irish manuscripts as a meeting place of the Celtic Kings where much sporting activity, including horseracing, took place. The first official racing to take place at the Curragh was in 1741.

Quick Facts About The Curragh 

Curragh RevealedThe Curragh is a right-handed horseshoe shaped course with a circuit of two miles with no sharp bends and a straight run in of three furlongs uphill. The Curragh includes a straight mile course and two round courses and is widely recognised as a very fair galloping track. The Curragh is also the largest horse training centre in Ireland and boasts extensive facilities on it's grounds. The surrounding area is home to thousands of racehorses in training yards and stud farms.

The Curragh Revealed

For those who enjoy seeing the best racehorses and horsemen in the world doing what they do best on a glorious stage then a visit to the Curragh is a must. This racecourse, steeped in tradition, is where the Five Classic races are held: The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby; The Darley Irish Oaks; The Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas; The Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and The St Leger along with many other great races.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival - Fri 27th to Sun 29th June 2014

A spectacular glamorous weekend of world class racing, fashion, food & music, the Irish Derby Festival has it all.

Kicks off the great weekend with a major Irish country music theme featuring concert by Nathan Carter after racing

Saturday 28th June – SATURDAY IS DERBY DAY!
The ultimate sporting & social day of the year featuring the Derby Music Village, the Derby Food Paddock & the Dubai Duty Free Most Stylish Lady competition.

Sunday 29th June – FAMILY DAY
A must for all families with lots of free entertainment for children Derby Hospitality & Dining - A Variety of options are available over all 3 days of the festival. 

Great Online Ticket Offers! – Book in advance to avail of an admission & transport to & from Dublin Ticket for only €40 or just Admission Ticket for €30

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The Best Classic Racedays in 2014

  • Guineas Spring Racing Festival – Sat 24th & Sun 25th May 2014
  • The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – Sat 28th June 2014
  • The Darley Irish Oaks – Sat 19th July 2014 Irish Champions Weekend – Sun 14th September 2014.

Ladies Days

Our fashion & style days are the ultimate social days out and offer the chance to win spectacular prizes.  They will take place on:- Sunday 25th May, Saturday 28th June & Saturday 19th July

Hospitality at the Curragh

The ultimate in style and luxury, a day's hospitality at the Curragh Racecourse is the perfect way to enjoy a day with friends or family, clients or colleagues - there is something for everyone to enjoy.  We offer a superb range of entertainment options from corporate hospitality to admission & lunch packages plus a wide and varied selection of food and beverage facilities. 

How To Get There

By Road:
50 km south-west of Dublin City on the main Dublin-Cork/Limerick road. Take the N7 southbound and exit at junction 12 (M7).  Free car parking at the racecourse.

By Rail:
A regular service from Dublin Heuston, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway to Kildare Town with a free shuttle bus to the racecourse. Admission concession available with valid train ticket. For more see

By Bus:
Dublin Coach provide a race day service from Dublin City Centre, Dublin Airport & Limerick, also stopping in Newbridge, Naas, Kildare Town & Portlaoise.  We also have a dedicated admission & coach transport from & to Dublin for Guineas Weekend, Derby Weekend, Oaks Day & Irish Champions Weekend. - see or
By Air:
40kms from Dublin Airport and 25kms from Baldonnell. There is also a helipad behind the main Grandstand.


Derby Finish


General Admission

Regular Racedays    
  Adult Admission €15
  Senior Citizen €8
  Under 25's €8
  *Children Under 16 Free
  Day Member (Premier) €30
  Reserved Premier Seat €40

Seniors and Under 25s
50% reduction on all race days (admission only) except Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day where the admission is €25.

 *Children under 16
Children under 16 accompanied by an adult FREE

Other Facilities

At the west-end of the stand there is an outdoor playground for children, together with picnic area. There is a gift shop in the Tote Hall carrying a range of Curragh merchandise. For disabled customers there is a special viewing area in the grandstand. All areas of the course are wheelchair accessible. There is an on-course Ladbrokes betting shop. There is also a big screen at all fixtures for enhanced viewing quality.

Useful Information
Car Parking
Free car parking is available, while a Members Car Park is available for Curragh Members.
Dress Code
Although there is no strict dress code, we would appreciate appropriate attire is worn at all times. Smart casual attire is requested for anyone with access to the Premier Level of the Grandstand.

Family Friendly
We welcome families to the racecourse and do all we can to make the day as special as possible for them with FREE admission for U/16s accompanied by an adult on all raceday. We have dedicated family days on: Monday 5th May (Bank Holiday) & Sunday 10th August (Free Family Admission on the Day)
Curragh Racecourse Merchandise
A variety of merchandise is available from TRI Superstore, The Curragh - 045 435019 /
Betting Shop
A Paddy Power Betting Shop is located in the Betting Hall

Owners and Trainers
Owners and Trainers with runners on a race day enjoy a number of privileges such as access to the Balcony Bar & Bistro located on the premier level with complimentary tea/coffee voucher and all winning owners receive a momento either from the race sponsor or the from the racecourse.

Après Racing
The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Kildare are a must see. In the surrounding area of the Curragh there are many opportunities for playing golf, fishing and horse riding.
Local Hotels

The Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge - (045) 431666

Lawlors Hotel, Naas - (045) 906444

Osprey Hotel and Spa, Naas - (045) 881111
Killashee House Hotel - (045) 879277

The K Club - (01)6017200

Local Restaurants        
Harrigans, Newbridge
Jardin Royale, Newbridge
Fallons, Kilcullen
Silken Thomas, Kildare
Butt Mullins, Naas
Tracks, Naas
Hangman’s Arch, Milltown
Jaipore, Newbridge

Local Pubs
Haydens, Naas
The Liffey Arms, Newbridge
Fallons, Kilcullen
McCormacks, Naas
Coffeys, Newbridge
Judge Roy Beans, Newbridge

Upcoming Curragh Races

Sunday 20 Mar 2016
Sunday 03 Apr 2016
Monday 02 May 2016
Saturday 21 May 2016 Festival Details...
Sunday 22 May 2016 Festival Details...
Saturday 04 Jun 2016
Friday 24 Jun 2016 Festival

Racecourse Summary

Curragh RacecourseContact
Curragh Racecourse, The Curragh, Co. Kildare.
Tel: 045 441 205/441 105


Gaelic: An Currach-Meaning The Racecourse
Grade: Premier Track
Course Info: Flat
County: Kildare
Location: Situated on the Curragh plains, 3km from the town of Newbridge in Co. Kildare and less than an hour from Dublin.

The Curragh is the home of Irish flat racing and the largest horse training centre in the country. It is named in early manuscripts as a meeting place of celtic kings and chieftans.