Dear race goer,
Happy New Year to you! My team and I are excited for the year ahead planning for the Galway Races Summer Festival and our new three day Autumn Racing Festival later in the year. It’s going to be an extraordinary year with so many great ideas already in the pipeline.
You may of noticed on our social media updates that we are currently in the middle of our re-development project, with a new building underway over looking the parade ring. Since we finished racing last Summer, it’s been full steam ahead with this exciting new project. The plan is to have the entire project completed in June 2018 just in time for the Summer Festival. It’s an all-in contract to build and fit-out the building by Monami Construction. Our new two storey building will completely transform the eastern end of the racecourse located down by the parade ring, revealing a new, fresh modern feel and vibe. It’s great to see such progress here which will bring added comfort and facilities with an enhanced customer experience in mind.
We look forward to welcoming all our previous race goers and new customers back to Ballybrit for what should be a fantastic Summer Festival. The team at Galway Racecourse work hard to make sure our guests have a wonderful time when they’re with us over the seven days of the Summer Festival.
On behalf of the Galway Race Committee and my team, thank you for your continued support and see you in July!
General Manager, Galway Races
Turnstiles open two hours before the first race on the day. This gives you a chance to explore your surroundings before racing kicks off. Restaurant and Bar facilities will be open.
The racecard also known as a race programme can be purchased from any of the racecard booths within the enclosure. The racecard is invaluable as it provides the details of each race including the runners past form and also explains how to bet.
When you have decided on your horse, bets can be placed at any Tote outlet, with the bookies in the bookies ring or in the onsite Ladbrokes SP Office.
ATM machines are on site for your convenience.
We have a fantastic line up of live bands and DJ’s for this Summers Festival all of which is provided throughout the race day.
Enjoy the excitement of seeing your horse romp home in the comfort of the Killanin Stand or the Millennium Stand. To get closer to the action you can watch the race from behind the railing. Big Screens are also on site for your convenience.
Seating in the numbered tiered seating balcony in the Millennium Stand which boasts a fantastic view of the winning post can be purchased from a kiosk at the back of the Millennium Stand.
Regrettably, dogs other than Guide Dogs are not allowed within the racecourse
Please would racegoers kindly note that the bringing of your own alcohol drink into the Racecourse is strictly prohibited. For your own enjoyment and to avoid disappointment please observe this restriction. Please respect our neighbours when leaving the racecourse. No alcohol to be taken off site.
Children aged 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout their visit to the Galway Races.
We have a strict ID policy on site and the following are accepted as ID for the bars and cigarettes. Please note that ID is required at all bars at Galway Racecourse. It is required by law that anyone between the ages of 18-21 are required to carry ID. Any ID that has been doctored in any way will be confiscated and given to the Gardaí.
The accepted forms of ID are:
We are always pleased to hear from our customers and are grateful for any feedback you can provide about your visit. Please email us your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org as we value your interest in our racecourse and experience.
In the event of the race meeting on the day being abandoned before the start of the 2nd race, patrons will be issued with a voucher to the value of the admission price on the day, which can be redeemed to that value only to gain entry at any of our next race meetings. Should the meeting be abandoned after the start of the 2nd race there will be no refunds made. In either event, there will be no cash refunds.
Children under 14 years will not be permitted in the Parade Ring.