A Proper Day Out
Punchestown is renowned the world over as the home of National Hunt (jump) racing in Ireland. The five-day Irish National Hunt Festival at the end of April each year is the culmination of the National Hunt season and the meeting features no fewer than 12 Grade 1 races. Throughout the season, Punchestown showcases the best of jumps racing beginning with the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle in November and the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase the following month. Races such as the La Touche Cup and the Ladies Cup provide great spectacle as they are run over Punchestown's cross-country course, unique in Ireland, which is often referred to as the banks course. The Punchestown season runs from mid-October to June and caters for National Hunt racing only.
From Dublin Airport - 48kms (30 miles) M1, M50, N7, R410
From Dublin City - 35km (22miles) N7, R410
From Cork - 2hrs, 40 mins, N8, N7 R410
From Galway - 2hrs, 50mins M6, M4, M50, N7, R410
From Belfast - 2hrs, 20mins, M1, M50, N7, R410
During the Punchestown Festival and selected additional feature meetings there is a chartered coach service from Dublin city centre direct to the racecourse. This is operated by
Additional local shuttle bus services are in place for the Punchestown Festival.
The nearest rail station is Sallins and a shuttle service is available during the Punchestown festival.
Non festival transfers end in Naas town which is a five minute driving distance from the racecourse. Taxi ranks and private taxi services are widely available in Naas town.
Please refer to the
section of the website for a full transport report and event updates.
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