Punchestown Racecourse is known as the home of Irish Jump racing with a season running from September until June. Situated in Co. Kildare, Punchestown's five-day Festival at the end of April each year attracts many racing fanatics and crowds, who swarm to the racecourse to experience action-packed racing and lively entertainment. Top class racing featuring 12 Grade 1 races including the Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle and Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup offer an opportunity for jump racing's most talented horses, jockeys and trainers to battle it out on the track.
Along with graded racing, Punchestown racecourse is famous for its competitive best dressed competitions with exciting prizes up for grabs. The shopping village "The Osprey Avenue" offers a unique aspect for racegoers to both browse and purchase an array of items including Irish designed clothing, art, millinery and jewellery.
Highlighted races in the Punchestown calendar include the La Touche Cup and the Ladies Cup which provide great spectacle as they take place on Punchestown’s famous cross-country course. These races are accompanied with entertainment featuring live music, DJs, street performers and an array of restaurants, bars and suites.
Check out Punchestown’s upcoming race meetings and experience a proper day out.
The new look Winter Festival will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2023.
There is a new racing line up. Punchestown have consolidated top quality races to create a brilliant Grade 1 double header across the weekend. The Unibet Morgiana takes place on Saturday and the famous John Durkan Chase is the star on Sunday. Like all great shows there is a brilliant supporting cast with the graded, rated, listed and cross country racing on offer.
Punchestown Winter Festival is a great gathering of all ages. Seasoned racing fans rub shoulders with groups on a fun day out. Young families enjoy the free entertainment and Playroom area whilst friends and colleagues gather to enjoy top class dining and beverages in the restaurants. Punchestown has a great option for all budgets and requirements.
Gather and enjoy delicious dining packages, live music, family entertainment and more.
First Race around 11.45. Last race around 4pm.
Punchestown Eircode (Postcode for Sat Nav, Google Maps etc) is W91 VCX4.
From Dublin Airport - 48km
From Dublin City Centre - 35km
From Cork - 2hrs, 40 mins
From Galway - 2hrs, 50 mins
From Belfast - 2hrs, 20 mins
Irish Rail operate a service from Dublin's Heuston Staion to Sallins Station which is just outside Naas.
During the festival there are numerous bus services put on from Dublin City Centre and Naas town.