The Galway Races Summer Festival is the pinnacle summer event in Galway’s social calendar. It is not only one of Irelands greatest Horseracing Festivals but it is also one of the greatest festivals in Ireland. 

If you are looking for a hotel for the Galway Races 2018, look no further than The Connacht Hotel Galway with a host of accommodation options including; self-catering apartments, classic double, twin, triple and quad bedrooms and Family Suites.

Complimentary onsite parking, entertainment, dining options and full use of our Leisure Centre throughout your stay.

We are fortunate to be located ideally between the city centre and within minutes of the Race Course in Ballybrit.View our range of Galway Races Accommodation Packages. 

Pre & Post Racing Dining

There will be delicious food on offer daily, with our Race Week Menu available from 12pm to 10pm and our famous and seriously tasty pizzas are available until 12am nightly - so there is no chance of anyone going hungry!

We have the perfect pre & post race dining packages, if you are racing as a group and are looking for a corporate entertaining option, or a meeting spot, we have everything you need. Enquire about our pre & post racing packages today as booking is essential +353 (0)91 381200 or email: conferencing@theconnacht.ie

Entertainment all week long in Bar Solo with Post Racing Live Music to include; Silkwood, Dakota, Noel Furey, Paul Gaughan and PK Brass with DJ until Late. 

Bus Transfers to Galway Races

Get to and from the Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit with ease. We have onsite, complimentary parking and bus transfers for €10.00 (Return) to Ballybrit for our guests from Wednesday to Friday. Pre-booking is advised. 

 

BUS TRANSFER TIMES
€6.00 Single/ €10.00 Return Ticket. Pay Driver on the Day. 
DAY      
WEDNESDAY  - TO RACECOURSE  3.00pm 3.45pm

4.30pm

WEDNESDAY  - RETURN TO CONNACHT 9.00pm 9.45pm 10.30pm

THURSDAY - TO RACECOURSE

11.45am 12.30pm 1.15pm

THURSDAY - RETURN TO CONNACHT

6.00pm 6.45pm 7.30pm
FRIDAY - TO RACECOURSE 3.00pm 3.45pm

4.30pm

FRIDAY- RETURN TO CONNACHT 9.00pm 9.45pm

10.30pm

Racing Highlights

The eagerly anticipated week long Summer Racing Festival kicks off on Monday 30th July with the first of seven races taking place at 5:20pm. This is the 149th running (pardon the pun) of the iconic festival.

Monday is Gather your Tribes Day, Tuesday is known as Sports and Social Day, the seven race card again kicks off at 5:20pm. 
It’s a slightly earlier start on Wednesday, Galway Plate day with the first of a nine race card starting at 5:10pm.
Thursday is one of the social highlights of the year in Ireland Ladies Day, the fashionistas of Ireland descend on Ballybrit to see who is crowned Best Dressed Lady.
Friday is the My Fair Lady Day with a 5:10pm start for the seven races.
Saturday is a family day and an earlier meet the first of seven races start at 2:30pm.
Sunday finishes with the Mad Hatters Day theme and a 2:15pm start.