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The Galway Races

Galway Races

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  • Location : Galway Race course, Ballybrit

This festival takes place in Galway Race course, Ballybrit. The Galway Race course is situated on the outskirts of Galway city. The 2016 festival will run from 25th July until 31st July. Some 250,000 people attend the Galway Races during this world renowned festival. Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and spectacular fashion all sum up a delightful day at the Galway Races.


Experience this unique sporting event and be part of a truly unforgettable race meeting. The Galway racing festival hosts great facilities and venues of entertainment for you to enjoy throughout all 7 days of the Summer Racing Festival. Enjoy 51 races over 7 days, breath-taking fashion and fun with friends. This is what makes the Galway Races the perfect sporting and social outing to attend this summer.

Make your base Maldron Hotel Sandy Road which is a mere few minutes taxi journey from the racecourse and a short walk into the town centre for the evening’s entertainment.

Each day at the races offer new attractions which promise to thrill spectators of all ages. The major attractions to this festival include the Glamorous Ladies day held on Thursday which combines the very best in racing and in fashion. On Ladies day the winner of the Best Dressed Competition and Best Hat Competition are awarded. Thursday also hosts the ‘Galway Guinness Hurdle Handicap’ which is the richest National Hunt race in Ireland. Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle popularly known as Ladbrokes Day is held on Saturday and Family Days take place on Saturday and Sunday this year. Fun and Colour is the theme for these spectacular days and an array of entertainment is provided for the kids including bouncing castles and face-painting.

In over one hundred years of racing at Ballybrit, the Galway Races has gone from strength to strength. It has been recognised as the greatest mid-summer festival in Ireland attracting visitors from all over the world to attend this world famous racing festival. This unmissable Summer Festival Meeting delights a vast array of spectators annually. The Galway Racing Festival is embedded in an unforgettable atmosphere of fun, fashion and sporting rivalry. It is truly an unforgettable experience for family and friends alike.