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Galway Races

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  • Location : Ballybrit Racecourse

The Galway races are the highlight of the summer to many people. Experience the magic and adrenalin pumping action of the Galway Races situated in Ballybrit on the outskirts of Galway city.

The Galway races boast 7 days of racing from Monday July 31st to Sunday August 6th. Along with racing you can also enjoy entertainment of live music, an electric atmosphere, delicious food and superb fashion throughout the week. There is something for everyone to enjoy throughout the week.

Each day of Galway race week has a different theme and show of events taking place:

  • On Monday, the opening evening has a theme “Gather your tribe”- gates open at 2.30pm and has 7 races.
  • On Tuesday, enjoy the sports and social day with a secret twist on the day of the event. Racing begins at 2.30pm with 7 races on the day.
  • On Wednesday, it is Galway Plate day. This year it will be 148th time running of the race. Races will begin at 12.30pm and a total of 8 races will be on the day.
  • On Thursday, renowned Ladies day takes place with glamourous fashion and spectacular hats on the day with racing. Racing beings at 1.50 pm with 8 races on the day.
  • On Friday, “Fair Lady” competition takes place. Races begin at 2.30pm with 7 races on the day.
  • On Saturday, Super Saturday a family fun day with entertainment for young race goers including bouncy castles, face painting and slides. Gates open at 12.00pm with the first race starting at 2.40pm and 7 races on the day.
  • On Sunday, it brings the last day of Summer racing for another year. The theme of the day is Mad Hatters. This day is also a family day with lots of entertainment for all. The first race begins at 2.15pm with a total of 8 races on the day.

Many people from all over Ireland and the world come to Galway to experience The Galway Races. Last year 2016 saw over 145,000 people attend the summer meeting of the races. Be sure to spot some of the world’s best jockeys and horse trainers during the week.

To be on the action, be sure to book your stay here at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway. The hotel is the perfect location to base your stay during the races and is just 4.4km drive from Ballybrit racecourse and has complimentary underground parking and WiFi. The Hotel is just a 10-minute walk or a short taxi trip from the city centre if you would like to continue the festivities after your day at the racing.

As there is a high demand, avoid the disappointment and book your stay with us today.