• About Downpatrick Racecourse

    Racing from March to October, Downpatrick is one of just five all-National Hunt (jump) racecourses in Ireland. Home of the Ulster National, a recognised trial for the Irish Grand National itself, the racecourse is instantly recognisable with its undulations and a renowned uphill climb to the finishing line. A tight right-handed course, Downpatrick is one of three racecourses that only stages National hunt (jump) racing. The racecourse is situated one mile from the center of the historic town of Downpatrick and racing has been held on the present site for more than 200 years.  The racecourse boasts a connection to subsequent Cheltenham Festival winners Tourist Attraction and Sparky Gayle and Aintree Grand National winners Caughoo in 1947 and the 1988 winner, Rhyme N' Reason.

  • Connect with Downpatrick

  • 24 Ballydugan Road
    Co. Down
    Northern Ireland
    BT30 6TE

    +44 (0)28 4461 2054
    [email protected]
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  • How To Get There

    By Road:
    From Dublin you can take the M1 from Dublin to Newry then A1 to Lisburn. This is the quickest route but has tolls. Downpatrick is 35km of Belfast, take the A2. 


    By Bus:
    Bus Eireann have a bus from Dublin-Newry-Downpatrick. For more details see www.buseireann.ie

    By Rail:
    High-speed trains run from Belfast to Dublin, stopping at Lisburn

    By Air:
    Nearest Airport is Belfast International. 

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