Things to Do in County Kildare
The Curragh Racecourse
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The Curragh Racecourse is a great family day out (under 18s go free) at very competitive ticket prices. Free kids entertainment and a playground as well as a chance to see Ireland's best thoroughbred horse racing provides something for all the family. The Curragh is Ireland's premier international horse racing venue and home of Ireland's 5 classic races, including the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Located just 40 minutes by car from Dublin and 5 minutes from Kildare Village the racecourse hosts 23 race days from March to October as well as a fully-guided behind scenes tours through the year. Admission prices from €15.00. Under 18s go free when accompanied by an adult.
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Beth B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Complete lack of services, rude staff and outright awful experience. The traffic system is absolutely ridiculous- rude staff screaming at patrons. No appropriate place for a drop off. Most certainly not appropriate if you’re in any way going to struggle with a long walk - seems like the objective is to send you as far from the racecourse as possible. As well as being told to go one way by staff and then being redirected another way. This alone would make you want to turn around and leave.

When you get in there is even more rude staff to greet you. I can safely say it’s the least hospitable race course I’ve been to.

The food is overpriced and the card machine never seems to work or the ATM. The pints are poor at best.

Overall for the price you pay there is many other racecourses that you’d have a much better day going to.

The home of the classics was once a great place , but that’s no longer - how it’s held onto the classics is a mystery.

ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING
Written May 20, 2022
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Dear Y9468LEbethb It is very disappointing to read that you had such a poor experience racing at the Curragh and it even more regrettable that you didn't bring this to our attention on the day in question. We have a large team of staff dedicated to customer service on race days, something that is regularly acknowledged by racegoers, and we would certainly want to know immediately if anyone was treated rudely. Kind Regards, Paul
Written June 20, 2022
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A4173SPrichardl
Warwickshire, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
A Behind The Scenes Tour to locations normally off-limits to the racegoer including the weighing room, jockeys changing room, saddling boxes and the top floor balcony with stunning views of the Curragh. There is an opportunity to closely examine all the jockey’s equipment and to gain an insight into what is included (and excluded) in the jockey’s riding weight. Our guide, Paul Keane, was not only very knowledgable (having been a racehorse trainer himself) but also extremely enthusiastic. His demonstration of what the racehorse feels from the jockey’s reins was a real eye-opener. The tour is suitable for those with either little or no knowledge of the race-day experience or the more seasoned racegoer. We couldn’t have enjoyed it more and strongly recommend it.
Written July 11, 2022
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Dear A4173SPrichardl, Thank you very much for your review, it was my pleasure to take you behind the scenes at the Curragh Racecourse. We are currently working on some further enhancements to the tour experience for 2023 and we hope to add more tour dates. I hope you will come back and enjoy a day at the races at the Curragh this year. Kind Regards, Paul Keane
Written January 20, 2023
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john
Carlow, Ireland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
Have been going here for years. And the past few weeks I have been dealing with a bartender in the lillywhites bar his name is Chris or Christopher and all I can say he is one of the best to deal with as he can make you feel welcome no matter how busy he is and will always welcome you with a smile and a chat. You only need to order once and on return to the bar he already has your order started you don't see much young bar staff take interest in the customers anymore like he dose. I personally think alot of the staff should learn from this man. Hopefully he will see this. And thank you John Tracy Sean Susan Kevin and Sarah.
Written October 4, 2022
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Hi Sherpa29799881941, My apologies for not replying to review sooner, however I wanted to thank you very much for your review and to let you know that I took a screen shot of your review back in October and shared it with Fitzers Catering (Curragh catering contractors) management and asked them to make sure that Chris saw it. They too were grateful for your feedback and assured me that they would share it with Chris. Thanks very much and hopefully we will see you again when the season opens on March 25th. Kind Regards, Paul Keane Sales Manager
Written January 20, 2023
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Jim B
Glasgow, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Visited The Curragh (which is Ireland’s leading flat racing course) as part of a day in Kildare doing all sorts of stuff linked to horse racing … it is the home of all five Irish classic races

We booked the “Behind the Scenes” tour which runs on certain non racing days….we were the only two folk booked on the tour and when I discovered that I assumed we might politely have our money refunded and offered a chance just to wander about

That was not the case at all… we basically had a personal guided tour led by Paul Keane a former trainer…tour was meant to last two hours.. ran about two and a half and felt like it was about twenty minutes… for a racing nut like myself it was just fantastic.. Paul was just incredible…knowledgeable, engaging and full of brilliant tales ( some of which confirmed what I thought of some well known racing folk !! )

The others reviews give you an idea of what is covered … the jockeys’ room, the parade ring, the saddling boxes , the views from the top of the stands …just absolutely fascinating stuff … highly highly recommended …if you have any interest in racing ( and even if you don’t!!) then you will thoroughly enjoy this !
Written September 1, 2022
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Hi Jim, Thank you very much for your review, it was my pleasure to share the story of the Curragh Racecourse and the race day behind the scenes insights. I hope you will return for a day's racing at the Curragh in 2023, we are so lucky to have highly competitive, world-class racing on every race day. Kind Regards, Paul Keane
Written January 20, 2023
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Gary E
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We stayed in Dublin for 11 days in April 2023. We spent a great Sunday at the Curragh Racecourse. If you are a fan of horse racing or just love horses and a beautiful day outdoors the is a terrific experience. We have been to Saratoga and Santa Anita and Belmont and the Curragh has a certain charm the transports you back through the history of racing. The at the track and the facilities provide incredible comfort for race goers. It only takes about an hour to County Kildare by car or bus or train, Dont go to Ireland without spending a day there.
Written April 21, 2023
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Patricia
Oxford, UK224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We haven't visited for a few years, the new stand is a triumph. We used the free shuttle bus from Kildare town, there was a Food Festival on for the weekend, another triumph, the soft seats in the stands, all this before we enjoyed the racing. Excellent, thank you.
Written September 28, 2022
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Dear Racegoer2014, Thank you very much for your review and we hope you will make a return visit in 2023. We have lots of new enhancements planned to further improve the racegoer experience. Kind Regards, Paul Keane Sales Manager
Written January 20, 2023
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Colleen B
Indianapolis, IN1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I traveled with a group of 24 University students to the Curragh, and we cold not have had a better experience! The staff was so helpful in making it a day to remember. We ended up spending two days, instead of the initially scheduled 1, so that we could go to the Races (the 2000 Guineas) and then we came back for the Behind the Scenes Tour.

The tour was fantastic for anyone interested in horses, or horse racing. We learned about the origin of racing in Ireland, the equipment that the jockeys used, and how they make the equipment so light. One of the students even got to put the saddle on the life size horse replica. It was a great day, and I will definitely take groups there in the future.
Written June 20, 2022
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Hi Collleen, Thank you very much for your kind words. It was our pleasure to host your group (twice!) at the Curragh and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Our behind the scenes tour is unique among European racecourses and a great way to showcase the Curragh Racecourse outside of race days. Best Wishes, Paul
Written June 20, 2022
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Anne
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Fantastic racecourse. We were there for the Irish Champions Festival which is a great experience. The course waseasy to find, easy to park, beutiful parade ground, It is quite compact compared with other large courses so nothing is very far to walk. We had a seat in the main stand by the finishing line and access to a smart bar, all for the price of general ground entry.
Written October 15, 2023
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Margaret B
Epsom, UK121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
We had a great time at the Guineas this weekend, although the racecourse is currently under reconstruction, the parade ring is very accessible, although the views of the straight mile are somewhat impeded due to the construction work. The temporary standings were perfectly adequate, especially the Champions Terrace Restaurant hospitality stand. Liam & Catherine were especially great and kept us well looked after despite the rain and poor visibility. The second day was better weather wise and the race course and racing were great..
Written May 29, 2017
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MARTIN S
Wustermark, Germany64 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I’ve been going to the Irish Derby for 28 years on the bounce, and this year was an absolute shambles. I appreciate that the number one attraction at a racecourse is the racing itself, and the Friday and Saturday racing was fantastic (fortunately the people who rebuilt the stand didn’t get their hands on the course itself, or I think they would have forgot the finishing post).
The second priorities for this new facility, as all such facilities, should be how do we monetise it. The way most answer this question is to build in services whereby visitors can buy food and drink, and once metabolised, get rid of it. Unfortunately the architect and steering committee seem to have forgotten this. Other than a recent pathetic attempt by Pontefract racecourse to host a race and music event, this is the worst organised such event I’ve ever been to. The reasons -
1 - far too few toilets (30 minutes wait)
2 - far too few bar facilities (1 hour wait)
3 - no shop
4 - no Racing Post sellers (never ever come across this before)
5 - lack of none-grandstand seating
6 - petty rules preventing people accessing the lawn seating area with drinks
7 - false fire alarms because someone apparently sited a heat detector above a dishwasher (unbelievable but true)

During Derby day they had a ceremony to unveil a plaque to the man responsible for the stand. The announcer asked for applause, but from where I was sat behind the stand, there was a palpable silence punctuated with a few profanities and boos; I think that says it all.

All in all a mighty step backwards (I enjoyed it more as a building site). I can only hope that the organisers listen to the cacophony of complaints and get it right next year, otherwise, in 2021, I for one will be watching it on TV in a bar in Naas.
Written July 11, 2019
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