The venue for the first
Grade 1 steeplechase of the Irish National Hunt season, Down Royal is a
thoroughly modern racecourse with a rich history. Situated close to Belfast and
just off the A1, the main Belfast/Dublin road, the racecourse races throughout
the year and hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing. The two-day Festival of
Racing in late October boasts a number of graded races and is the highlight of
the year and recognised as the start of the jumping season. The two-day Ulster
Derby meeting is the focus of the summer season at Down Royal where high-class
Flat racing is the name of the game. Other significant race days at Down Royal
include the bank holiday meetings on St. Patrick's Day, May Day and St
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There is free car parking available to everyone attending Down Royal. All car parks are within a 5 minute walk of the turnstiles. Their postcode is BT27 5RW for Sat Nav.
Heuston Station, Dublin has regular trains to Belfast Central Station which is the closest train station to the racecourse. Passengers can then get a bus to the racecourse.
There is a return bus service operating direct from Belfast City Centre provided by Belfast Bus Company and departing from College Square North an hour and thirty minutes before the first race. After racing the bus will return to the City Centre from the racecourse an hour after the last race.
Belfast International Airport is only 27 minutes drive from the racecourse.
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