It is entirely fitting that there is a racecourse in Naas, in fact it must have been pre-ordained by some sort of divinity.
Quick Facts About The Naas
Naas is set in the heart of Kildare which is renowned as the ‘Thoroughbred County’ of Ireland. Naas town, in it's Gaelic translation, is famously known as the "Meeting Place of the Irish Kings". Well, horses are the real Kings of Ireland (if public devotion is anything to go by) so it's appropriate that they have a place of competition in the heart of their spiritual home. As for the kings who met here in the middle ages: what did they do in Naas when they met? Chances are, they organised a few horserace’s as entertainment and a feast afterwards.
They would probably have had some activities to occupy the energies of the children: face painting, funny shows and the like and they would certainly have had some music afterwards. Funny how some things never change and others stay the same because you will get all of the above entertainment at Naas races today. The only thing is the facilities are a lot better and it's much easier to get a cappuccino now, than it was back then! On the BBQ Summer Nights, as well as good food, there is live music after racing. On Bank Holiday Family days there are bouncy castles, clowns, face painting and a host of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Roll of Champions
Some outstanding horses have competed at Naas down through the years including the great Arkle in the 60's, Mill House and several winners of the Grand National.
More recently the roll call of winners at Naas is just as impressive and includes 2004 Champion Irish 2-year-old Damson who won at Royal Ascot. Cheltenham Festival winners including Dorans Pride, Danoli, Pizarro Imperial Call and Go Native.
The course is left-handed, undulating and one mile and four furlongs in length with a stiff uphill climb to the winning post. Also a chute for sprint races that joins the straight.
How To Get There
32 km from Dublin city centre. Take the N7 southwards, take the turn for Naas and the racecourse is on the left en route into Naas town. 130 km north of Waterford 165 km west of Limerick.
Arrow rail service from Dublin Heuston to Sallins (about 5 km away) with feeder bus into Naas town. For more details contact Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) at 01-8366222.
The 126 bus leaves from Busaras (Dublin Central Bus Station) to Naas town. Naas Racecourse is only a short walk from the town.
Dublin airport is 40km away (take M50 then N7).
|Adult: €15 - including FREE €5 Bookie Betting Voucher|
|OAPs: €9 - includes a FREE Tea/Coffee|
|All Under 18’s & Students (under 26) : FREE|
Discounts of 20% are available for groups of 10 or more (pre-booking required)
2011 Hospitality Packages:
Private suite package, Panoramic restauraunt package and Summer sizzler BBQ evenings.
The staff at Naas racecourse would be delighted to discuss any of the above options with you. We pride ourselves in our customer care programmes tailoring packages to suite your needs and budgets such as: bus transfers, tipster, betting vouchers, music and much much more. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us on (045) 897391.
The facilities at Naas are first class and have been recently upgraded. There are three bars at the course: The Opera Hat Bar and Snack Area with seating area where light snacks, coffee and tea are served. The Tote Bar is located on the ground floor of the Grand Stand building and the Guinness Champion Bar is located on the first floor of the Grand Stand. Behind the Grand Stand is the carvery restaurant with a choice of hot and cold meals.
Located on the first floor of the Grand Stand building, the Panoramic Restaurant lends the racegoer a spectacular view of the course from your own reserved table. Package includes a four course silver service meal, CCTV, private Tote facilities, bar and easy access to the stand and bookmakers arena.
The corporate suites located on the second floor of the Grand Stand building can cater for 16 people for a silver service meal and 18 for a buffet. Double suites can cater for 40 for silver service and up to 50 for a buffet. The Premier Suite can cater for 60 for silver service and up to 100 for a buffet. Each suite offers a private balcony with sweeping views of the track, a private bar, private Tote facilities and CCTV. Extras such as betting vouchers for your guests, Tipster and a champagne reception can be arranged.
There is a special viewing area for disabled people with wheelchair access between the stands and wheelchair accessible toilets.
The Irish National Stud is a must see. Excellent fishing and golfing facilities in the area.
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|Maudlins House Hotel, Naas||045 896 999|
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|Johnstown Inn, Johnstown||045-897547|
|Tenors Grillroom, Naas||045-881595|
|Angus Joes Steakhouse, Naas||045-988595|
|Maloti Indian, Naas||045-883660|
|Trax Brasserie, Naas||045-889333|
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|Il Fico, Naas||045-874511|