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. 

The Galway Races boasts seven days of superb racing, hospitality, entertainment, stunning fashion and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the magic that is ‘The Galway Races’.

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Hotel For Galway Races

If you are looking for a hotel for the Galway Races, 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, Monday to Friday, until 10.30pm and our famous and seriously tasty pizzas are available until late - so there is no chance of anyone going hungry!

Our Lobby Menu is available daily with a selection of Pre and Post racing Light Bites, Cocktails and Drinks. 

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:

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 €6.00 (one-way) / €10.00 (Return) to Ballybrit for our hotel guests. 

The bus will operate to and from the Race Course from Wednesday 31st July to Saturday 3rd August. Exact times to be advised. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver on the day. 

Great Location near The Galway Racecourse

Be part of the action, with our central location - just minutes from The Galway Racecourse and near to Galway City Centre. Located on the Old Dublin Rd which is midway between The Racecourse in Ballybrit and Galway City Centre. 

Racing Highlights

The eagerly anticipated week long Summer Racing Festival kicks off on Monday 29th July. This is the 150th anniversary of the iconic festival and promises to be a festival to remember. 

Monday 29th July - Gather your Tribe Day. First Race: 5.20pm.
Tuesday 30th July is known as Sports and Social Day, the seven race card again kicks off at 5:20pm. And also includes the  celebrity ‘Paddy Power Zorbing Derby’  in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.
It’s a slightly earlier start on Wednesday 31st July, Galway Plate Day with the first of a 7 race card starting at 5:10pm.

Thursday1st August 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 First race 1.40pm.

Friday 2nd August is a very popular evening meet, the My Fair Lady Day with a 5:10pm start for the seven races. Friday also plays host to the elegant and stylish  ‘Friday’s Most Stylish Competition’.

Saturday 3rd August is a Family Day and an earlier meet the first of seven races start at 2:00pm.

Family Days will take place on Saturday and Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting 2019. Fun and colour is the theme for these spectacular days with children admitted free of charge. There is lots of entertainment for the young racegoer including bouncy castles, a children’s disco, slides, face painting and crazy characters throughout the enclosure.

Sunday 4th August also includes the Mad Hatters Day competition which adds an element of fun. First race is at 2:15pm.