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For the novice racegoer we have put together some tips below which should help to make your day at the races even more enjoyable! Plan your day the Galway way…

Arrive early

Turnstiles open two hours before the first race on the day. This gives you a chance to explore your surroundings before racing kicks off. 

What do I need to bring?

  • Digital ticket – printed or a copy on your phone.
  • Proof of ID (corresponding to the name on the ticket).
  • Face Mask. Face coverings are mandatory throughout the racecourse. Please bring a spare facemask with you as they will not be provided at the racecourse

Face Coverings

  • Please wear your face coverings at all times, except when eating or drinking, unless you are under 13 or are unable to wear them because of a physical or mental illness or disability.

On arrival – your entry process

  • Please enter through Entrance B.
  • Your ticket will be scanned to gain admission and proof of ID will be asked for.
  • Please allow extra time on arrival for getting through this process. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding with those working at the turnstiles.


Galway Racecourse encourages all attendees to use contactless payment facilities. There will however, be an ATM on site should you require it.




  • The management reserve the right to refused admission to anyone, and to remove any person, without assigning a reason if their behaviour is considered to be antisocial or likely to be disruptive.
  • All persons entering the grounds are admitted subject to the Rules and Ground Regulations of the Galway Race Committee. Entry to the ground shall be deemed to constitute unqualified acceptance of the Rules & Regulations.
  • Fireworks, smoke canisters, bottles, glasses, flags, banners, poles and other similar articles or containers including anything which could or might be used as a weapon are not permitted within the ground, and any person in possession of such an article or container may be refused entry or ejected from the ground.
  • The climbing of pylons, stands or other buildings in the Racecourse is forbidden.
  • Unnecessary noise such as that from the use of radio sets and behaviour likely to cause confusion or nuisance of any kind, including foul or abusive language is not permitted in any part of the ground.
  • Under no circumstances is it permitted to throw any object onto the race track.
  • Unauthorised persons are not permitted to enter upon the race track and may be ejected.
  • Any person who fails to comply with the instructions from a Stewart may be ejected from the ground.
  • The Galway Race Committee reserve the right for its servants or agents to remove from the ground any person who does not comply with the Ground Regulations or whose presence on the ground could reasonably be construed as constituting a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to other spectators.
  • Patrons are advised not to bring any unnecessary baggage onto the racecourse. Management reserves the right to have all baggage searched by Gardaí.
  • Persons are prohibited from the selling of racecourse tickets on the grounds.
  • Bucket collections or other forms of fundraising are strictly forbidden on the grounds unless permission has been authorised by the Manager of Galway Racecourse.


Regrettably, dogs other than Guide Dogs are not allowed within the racecourse


Please would racegoers kindly note that the bringing of your own alcohol drink into the Racecourse is strictly prohibited. For your own enjoyment and to avoid disappointment please observe this restriction. Please respect our neighbours when leaving the racecourse. No alcohol to be taken off site.



We have a strict ID policy on site and the following are accepted as ID for the bars and cigarettes. Please note that ID is required at all bars at Galway Racecourse. It is required by law that anyone between the ages of 18-21 are required to carry ID. Any ID that has been doctored in any way will be confiscated and given to the Gardaí.

The accepted forms of ID are:

  • Passport
  • Drivers Licence
  • Garda Age Cards


We are always pleased to hear from our customers and are grateful for any feedback you can provide about your visit. Please email us your comments to information@galwayraces.com as we value your interest in our racecourse and experience.


In the event of the race meeting on the day being abandoned before the start of the 2nd race, patrons will be issued with a voucher to the value of the admission price on the day, which can be redeemed to that value only to gain entry at any of our next race meetings. Should the meeting be abandoned after the start of the 2nd race there will be no refunds made. In either event, there will be no cash refunds.

Children under 14 years will not be permitted in the Parade Ring.

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