The world renowned seven day Galway Races Summer Festival takes place on Monday 27th July to Sunday 2nd August. It has been said about the festival that it once brought Galway City to a standstill, but now it brings the whole country to a standstill.
Widely regarded as the highlight of the Summer season in Ireland, Galway Races offers you fantastic horse racing, live music and entertainment, stunning fashion, family fun and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from all over Ireland and abroad to experience first-hand the infectious sense of fun.
In terms of the action on the racecourse, the highlight of the week is arguably the historic Galway Plate, a valuable handicap chase that takes places on the Wednesday of the meeting. The day after that, the prestigious Galway Hurdle takes centre stage.
The style stakes are high at Galway with fabulous prizes are on offer through best dressed competitions over the week.
The opening day of the Galway Races Summer Festival in The City of The Tribes
Join Galway Races for their opening day on Monday 29th July. There is a special treat in store for our racegoers in our parade ring with an lively performance! Be sure to arrive early before the start of the first race and gather your ‘Tribe’ around the parade ring. You won’t want to miss this!
Ticket options:Adult:€25Senior Citizens: €15* (with valid I.D)Students: €20* (with valid I.D)Children Under 16: FreeReserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand: €15
Gates Open: 2.30pm | First Race: 5.20pm
Join Galway Races on the second day of the 2018 Summer Festival for a fantastic evening of great horse racing, entertainment and a sports twist to the event as we host our celebrity ‘Paddy Power Zorbing Derby’ in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. This fundraiser takes place before racing begins and will feature our five ‘zorb athletes’ including last years winner Sky Sports hurling analyst Ollie Canning who will be back to defend his title! Lots of fun in store for such a great cause.
Ticket OptionsAdult Admission: €25Senior Citizens: €15 (With Valid I.D.)Students: €20 * (With Valid I.D.)Children Under: 16 FreeReserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:€15
Gates Open: 2.30pm | First Race: 5.20pm
This year will be the 150th running of this prestigious race. Once again Galway is geared up for another thrilling race for everyone to witness. Last year Gordon Elliott trained Clarcam claimed Thetote.com Galway Plate, who will win it this year?
The longstanding www.thetote.com Galway Plate is run over a distance of 2 miles 6 furlongs 111 yds with a round of fourteen fences to jump in total. The last two fences, situated three furlongs from the finish, are the closest fences together of any racecourse in the world.
Ticket options:Adult Admission: €25Senior Citizens: €15 * (Valid I.D.)Students: €20 * (Valid I.D.)Children Under 16: FreeReserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:€15
Gates Open: 2.30pm | First Race: 5.10pm
Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Festival, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar. The first of eight races takes place at 2:00pm with the feature race the ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap’ with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer.
‘Ladies Day’ has always been the most visually sumptuous of our Festival events with the opportunity to socialise and show off your style. You could be awarded the ultimate accolade of being voted a winner in the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Competition and Best Hat Competition!
Tickets optionsAdult Admission: €30Senior Citizens: €20 (Valid I.D.)Students: €25 (Valid I.D.)Children Under 16:FreeReserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:€20
Gates Open: 11.00am | First Race: 2.00pm
With seven very competitive races on the card, Friday is always a hugely popular evening race meeting and a great way to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend. The first race starts at 5.10pm with all races generously sponsored by Guinness. Friday also plays host to the elegant and stylish ‘Friday’s Fair Lady Competition’ now in its sixth year, sponsored by Athlone Towncentre offering a fantastic prize package valued at over €2,000.
Ticket OptionsAdult Admission: €30Senior Citizens: €20 (Valid I.D.)Students€25 (Valid I.D.)Children Under 16: FreeReserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:€15
Gates Open: 2.30am | First Race: 5.10pm
What better way to enjoy a day out with your family with fun and colour at the heart of this special day – make memories this Summer! With the gates open from 12 noon, the first race is off at 2.00pm and offers a fun afternoon for all. Children are admitted free of charge and we have lots of entertainment for the younger racegoer, including bouncy castles, slides, face painting and much more. We also have a number of catering options for young families on site.
Ticket OptionAdult Admission: €20Senior Citizens: €10 *Students: €15 *Children Under 16: FreeReserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:€10
Gates Open: 12.00pm | First Race: 2.00pm
The final day of the Summer Festival 2019 epitomises that old adage about saving the best for last! For 2019 our Family Days will take place on Saturday and Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting. Fun and Colour is the theme for these spectacular days with children admitted free of charge. There is lots of entertainment for the young racegoer including bouncy castles, slides, face painting and crazy characters throughout the enclosure.
Ticket OptionsAdult Admission: €20Senior Citizens: €10 *Students: €15 *Children Under 16: FreeReserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand: €10
Gates Open: 11.30am | First Race: 2.15pm
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