The Curragh is Ireland’s premier thoroughbred race track. The track has a distinctive horse shoe shape and is approximately two miles in diameter. The track takes its name from the Curragh Plain, which the track is situated on. The name originally comes from the Irish word Cuirreach, which means ‘racecourse’. Races at the Curragh are held between March and October every year.
Map to Curragh Racecourse
Address: Curragh, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Phone: +353 45 441 205
History of Curragh Racecourse
The Curragh has one of the richest histories in the world of racing. Cherney’s racing calendar can trace races being held at the course back to 1727, but it is believed that the plain was used before this time to stage amateur horse racing events. In 1865 a commission was established by the house of parliament to examine the Curragh and the resultant 1868 Curragh act of Kildare settled the right of common pasture and the Curragh was preserved for the purposes of horse racing and training. In 1921 the lands passed from the British Crown to the minister for finance and later to the Minister for Defence, who is now responsible for the administration of the track. The total area of the Curragh is 4870 acres and until 1964, much of the land was used to graze sheep.
Notable Races of Curragh Racecourse
10 of the 12 Group One races staged in Ireland are held at the Curragh, including all five Irish Classics. These are:
- Irish 1000 Guineas
- Irish 2000 Guineas
- Irish Derby
- Irish Oaks
- Irish St. Ledger
How to Get to Curragh Racecourse
Curragh Racecourse can be reached by road, rail, and air.
The Curragh Racecourse is located in County Kildare Ireland. Situated just an hour out of Dublin, punters can take Exit 9 off the M50 onto the M7 southbound. Take Exit 12 off the M7. There is plenty of free parking available, however regular racegoers can secure preferred parking for a nominal rate.
Special shuttle buses will depart from Busarus in the Dublin City Centre on race days and will return at the end of the day. However punters should note that these services are not available for the Summer Evening Meeting (around June 3) and Derby Day (around June 24)
Visitors can also catch a train to Kildare Town, with complimentary shuttle buses running from the station on race days.
Curragh Racecourse Facilities
Food and Beverages – The Curragh has a host of on course restaurants and eateries. Visitors can treat themselves at the Bollinger Bar and Bistro, which serves fine cuisine with your favourite glass of bubbly. Add to this the Classic Self-Serve Bistro, Classics Fast Food Outlet and the Balcony Bar and Bistro. What’s more in the Horseshoe Restaurant punters can enjoy fine dining while overlooking the winning post.
Corporate/Conference – The Curragh has a number of hospitality options available for your next corporate event. The platinum hospitality option gives visitors parking passes, admission to the Members Enclosure, a private suit for the day, silver service or executive buffet lunch, complimentary wines and bar service, race cards, tote betting facilities and CCTV facilities. The platinum package will set you back around 200 pounds per person, while the Group Value package will set you back around 50 pounds per person.
Disabled Facilities – Disabled patrons are asked to contact the racecourse before their arrival to ensure all requirements can be met.