Best known for staging the historic Thyestes
Chase in January of each year, Gowran Park is renowned as one of the most
scenic racecourses in the country. Situated close to many famed training and
breeding establishments in the heart of County Kilkenny, Gowran Park hosts
regular high-profile races over the jumps and on the Flat and is in use all
year round. The Thyestes is the most valuable event at the course and
attracts the biggest crowds to the picturesque venue. Trials for the bigger
National Hunt festivals at home and abroad take place at the course in
mid-February and a number of stars of the Flat have also graced the turf there.
Gowran Park plays its part as the new National Hunt season gets into
full swing every year with a major two-day festival in October. The race course
is also home to a highly-regarded 18-hole golf course and is located just outside the
village of Gowran on the old Dublin/Waterford road.
Sunday, 17th Oct 2021
Gowran Park Racecourse
Gowran Park is 13km east of Kilkenny, 130km south of Dublin and 48km north of Waterford.
Coming from Dublin: Take the M9 South , exit at Junction 7 signposted Paulstown, follow the signs for Gowran. On entering the village of Gowran, drive straight through for approx 2km, the entrance to Gowran Park is on your left.
Coming from Kilkenny: The racecourse is 8 miles from Kilkenny City. Take the N10 for 10km and branch right onto the R702 (signposted Gowran). On entering the village, turn right, following Thomastown/Waterford road, and drive straight for approx 1km, the entrance to Gowran Park is on your left.
Coming from Waterford: Take the M9 North, exit at Junction 7 signposted Paulstown
Follow signs to Gowran. On entering the village of Gowran, drive straight through for approx 2km, the entrance to Gowran Park is on your left.
There is a regular train service to Kilkenny Station and Thomastown Station from Waterford and Dublin. Taxis are available from both stations. For timetable see Dublin to Waterford route on www.irishrail.ie
There is a free shuttle bus service provided from Kilkenny on race days.
Dublin airport is an hour and twenty minutes from the racecourse.
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