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The Curragh Racecourse
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The Curragh is Ireland's premier international horse racing venue staging all 5 Irish classic races including the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Located in County Kildare and less than one hour by car from Dublin City Centre, the Curragh stages 18 flat race meetings from May to October. The racecourse features a variety of bars and restaurants, together with a range of facilities for kids.
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Margaret B
Epsom, UK111 contributions
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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Dorothy J
High Wycombe, UK65 contributions
May 2019
Official opening day of the new Curragh stand and the Irish 1000 guineas - free car parking over road from entrance - were late so got in quickly as queues had gone - went straight to parade ring to check out the horses - put on a bet and then to the rails to watch - nice open course - could probably see all round if had binoculars - watched remaining race from the new stand - tiered standing and seating higher up - lunch from the café - sandwiches and cake - also hot food takeaway available from the food court - not enough seats for eating and food stock low and long wait for pannini - overall quite good but some teething issues which sure will be sorted - all staff friendly and helpful - lacking any wow factor considering its Irelands top racecourse
Written May 28, 2019
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Icanhasninja
Dublin, Ireland40 contributions
Oct 2016 • Business
Went to The Curragh with our sports and social club. From arrival to departure everyone we met were so incredibly friendly and professional. The food provided was excellent and the staff in the room were amazing.

I cannot fault it as a day out in anyway and would highly reccomend it for any group looking for a full day outing.
Written October 10, 2016
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MARTIN S
Wustermark, Germany64 contributions
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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stephensmyth
Dublin, Ireland15 contributions
May 2019
I went to the opening day of the season yesterday with my elderly father . Firstly may i add that i have been visiting the course for over 20 years, thefirst problem we encountered was the car parking ,we parked in a very uneven field with long grass on entering the course we passed the members car park which was brand new with a tarmac area. We then decided to get a coffee and was disappointed to see only one area serving hot drinks with a queue of about 30 people . But the most disappointing aspect of the day was thd main stand it had a small standing area and a few rows of seats for the non members and large rows of seats for members with only a couple of dozen seats occupied as i stated earlier my father is elderly and he was unable to sit down and watch the racing .It seems to me that the curragh have forgotten about the loyal race goers over the years and only care about lookin after member's, I sent an e mail already but they have not bothered to reply .

Written May 7, 2019
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liadainb
Kildare, Ireland48 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Came for the opening day today - when we arrived the atm was out of order and we were told we could get cashback from the Tote . Tried to get drinks using card at the bar but the machines are down . We are with three hungry and disappointed children and have to leave early . Very unhappy with the lack of service 😟moral or the story - cash is king 🤴
Written May 6, 2019
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John N
Naas, Ireland12 contributions
Jul 2016
The Curragh Racecourse has a captive market on each of the circa 20 days in the year it opens for racing. The food is awful and is clearly priced based on the fact of it having a captive market. If there was any kind of alternative to the Curragh fare on its 20 racedays, I can guarantee that every customer would avoid the Curragh's offering. And to add insult to injury, the prices the Curragh charges are outrageous. There is nothing good I could say about the food offering!!!
Written November 9, 2016
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JohnRAtlanta
Minnesota51 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
My wife and I attended the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and The Curragh in September and enjoyed both days and both tracks immensely. We were blessed with glorious weather and great racing. We saw dozens of horses that weekend who went on to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting in France or are headed to the Breeders’ Cup in the US or the Melbourne Cup in Australia. Visiting The Curragh fulfilled a long-held aspiration and it didn’t disappoint. What a setting for a racecourse. Martyn Pipe from The Curragh’s Hospitality Dept. arranged everything at both tracks for us and he and driver Freddy Mc Gowan looked after us a treat. We shall return.
Written October 29, 2014
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macot_12
Province of Leinster, Ireland53 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Brought the Good lady to the Curragh for Darnley Oaks Day and booked table and lunch in the Balcony Restaurant. Big Mistake! The Balcony overlooks a large seating area and even if one managed to bet a viewing side seat - of which there are few - the view is too far. The food is sad, and I mean SAD! Starter and mains arrive together, but I suppose in hindsight that isn't so bad , only because the starter was so small that the main wouldn't really have time to go cold. Our visit was on July 19 but the menu ("which is updated regularly") was dated back in June. I asked for a salmon dish but I was told "oh, the salmon is sole today"! The waitress couldn't then even tell me how the salmon/sole was cooked. Clearing of tables was very, very slow. And the tables are so tightly packed that vacated chairs were being regularly knocked over. Overall, an experience not to be repeated. But the racing was good and that part of the day was enjoyable. Perhaps things will improve when the new stadium gets built - whenever.
Written August 19, 2014
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artifex1954
Livingston, UK95 contributions
Jun 2014 • Business
A fantastic day at one of the world's most famous race courses. From the trip down to the course through the whole race day. I met some wonderful people from all parts of Ireland who were prepared to spend the time of day and give of their experience and knowledge.
The food was decent, the guiness flowed and the racing was fantastic.
The staff at the course are extremely courteous and helpful and nothing seemd to be any bother to them in order to make your day pleasant and memorable.
It was my first trip to the Curragh but it won't be the last.
Written July 1, 2014
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