The Curragh Racecourse
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Curragh Racecourse, Curragh, Kildare, Republic of Ireland
The Curragh is the home of Irish flat racing and the largest horse training centre in the country. It is named in early manuscripts as a meeting place of celtic kings and chieftans.
From its earliest days as a meeting place of Celtic kings and chieftains, to the modern day glamour and excitement of the Irish Derby, the Curragh is without a doubt the beating heart of Irish racing. From March to October, the cream of the crop descend on the Curragh to partake in or enjoy the spectacle of the five classic races, The Irish Derby, Darley Irish Oaks, Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas and the St Leger, as well as many more great races. The home of Irish flat racing and the largest horse training centre in the country, the Curragh has been host to all the great names in racing such as Sea The Stars, Vintage Crop, Galileo, High Chaparral and Nijinsky.
Irish Derby Day is the highlight of the racing calendar. Usually run on the last Sunday in June, it is an infectiously exciting social occasion of great glamour and electric atmosphere. The moment you arrive you know that this day is going to be special. Featuring some of the finest racehorses in the world, owned, trained and ridden by the world’s finest trainers and jockeys, let yourself be swept away by the thrill of this world class racing.
Restaurants at the Curragh Racecourse.
The Balcony Bistro and Bar: Is located on the Premier Level of the Grandstand, serves a wonderful lunch with a great selection of drinks. Booking is recommended and essential for classic race days.
Champagne Bar Restaurant: A cool and contemporary restaurant, recently remodeled, serves great champagne and a range of delicious wines as well as fabulous food.
The Horseshoe Restaurant: Is one of the finest restaurants on the course located on the first floor of the main grandstand.
Note:Booking is recommended and essential for classic race days/
There is also a Classics Take-away and Bistro and the Sit N@Sip casual dining café.
Irish Rail service to Kildare Town with free shuttle bus to racecourse on race day. Dublin Coach provide a race day service (see dublincoach.ie) Refer to the website for further information.