The Galway Races

Are you going to the Galway Races?

Tips which should help to make your day at the races even more enjoyable! 


There is a strict dress code at the Galway Racecourse, however it is advisable to dress appropriately for the weather with many racegoers opting for smart dress.

Racing doesn’t happen every day, so why not treat your visit as a special occasion? For 2018, there will be a Best Dressed Lady competition, a Best Hat on Thursday 2nd August, and a ‘Fair Lady’ competition on Friday 3rd August with fantastic prizes on offer. For families, there's a Mad Hatters competition on Sunday 5th August. It's always a fun, colourful occasion and everyone is encouraged to be creative!

Arrive early

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.

Place a bet

When you have decided on your horse, bets can be placed at any Tote outlet, with the bookies in the bookie's ring or in the on-site Ladbrokes SP Office.


ATM machines are on site for your convenience. 

Watch the race

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.

Reserved Seating

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.

Raceday Entertainment

There's a fantastic line up of live bands and DJ’s for this Summers Festival all of which is provided throughout the race day.




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.

Age Policy

Children aged 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout their visit to the Galway Races.


There's 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. 

The accepted forms of ID are:

  • Passport
  • Drivers Licence
  • Garda Age Cards


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.



For accommodations during your visit to Galway, check out our list of available self catering properties.