Downpatrick racecourse is one of just three all jump racecourses throughout Ireland. The racecourse is situated one mile from the centre of the historic town of Downpatrick and racing has been held on the present site for over 300 years. A tight right-handed course, distinguished by its renowned uphill climb to the finishing line, without a doubt this track tests the ability of each horse. Racing takes place each year from March to October respectively with 10 exciting fixtures spread across their racing months.
Being Ireland's oldest racecourse, Downpatrick attracts large numbers of crowds especially on their family and fashion race days. Downpatrick's two-day meeting in June offering thrilling jump racing and numerous different hospitality packages is the perfect opportunity to check out what Downpatrick has to offer.
Home to the the Randox Ulster National, this fixture at Downpatrick is one sporting event not to be missed. Usually held at the start of April it draws racing fans to the friendly track as it is a recognised trial for the Irish Grand National itself.
Uniquely this racecourse also boasts a connection to subsequent Cheltenham Festival winners 'Tourist Attraction' and 'Sparky Gayle' and Aintree Grand National winners 'Caughoo' in 1947 and the 1988 winner, 'Rhyme N’Reason'.
Check out the upcoming race meetings at Downpatrick Racecourse and experience a proper day out.
Belfast - 37 km - 48 minutes.
From Grosvenor Rd/B38> Turn onto M1 Southbound > Exit 6 towards Ballynahinch > Take first exit then into Ballynahich > Drive around One-way system > Left onto A24 towards Newcastle > Left onto A25 towards Downpatrick> Racetrack located to the right.
Lisburn - 38.5km - 42 mins
From Laganbank Rd> Head towards Saintfield> Take Saintfield exit then into Ballynahich > Drive around One-way system> Left onto A24 towards Newcastle > Left onto A25 towards Downpatrick> Racetrack to the right.
Dublin - 157km - 1hr 55mins
From M1> Head Northbound> Turn off for Downpatrick A25 > Turn left onto Belfast Rd > 2nd Roundabout first exit onto A25> Keep Straight > In Rathfriland keep right onto A25 > Turn Left for Downpatrick > Take third exit at roundabout> Racetrack to the right.
There are regular bus services from Belfast to Downpatrick. The Ulsterbus Service 15A stops outside the racecourse on race days. You can also take the Goldline Express 238 from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Downpatrick. Downpatrick Bus Centre is only located 0.6 miles from the racecourse which is a brief walk away.
The nearest railway station is Downpatrick Station, which is approximately 2 miles from the racecourse. From the station, you can take a taxi or a bus to the venue. Alternatively, you can take a train to Belfast Central Station and then take a bus or taxi to the racecourse.
The nearest airport to Downpatrick Racecourse is Belfast International Airport, which is approximately 30 miles away. From the airport, you can take a taxi or hire a car to get to the racecourse.