Family Days Out at the Curragh Racecourse

The Curragh Racecourse is Ireland’s premier flat racing venue and a wonderful family day out. With full accessibility, modern, comfortable facilities and unrestricted access throughout the grandstand and enclosure, the Curragh has something for everyone.

There is a wonderful choice of exclusive hospitality and dining experiences for you to enjoy in the world-class surroundings at The Curragh Racecourse. Whether you are a solo visitor or a family group they have something to suit everyone.

The Curragh Racecourse is home to the Classics, Ireland’s five most important flat races. This includes the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, the Juddmonte Irish Oaks and the Irish St. Ledger on Irish Champions Weekend.

Racing takes place  March to November.

At the Curragh Racecourse, under 18’s always go free when accompanied by an adult. Enjoy the beautiful playground and a variety of free family entertainment in KidsZone, including face painting. There is a wide choice of options for those wishing to dine at The Curragh, including Orby’s Bistro, The Food Court and the Champagne bar. Our beautiful Lilywhites bar on level 2 is also open to the public on race days. On our festival days there will also be a variety of food trucks. There are kid’s menus available at the track in all restaurants at the track.

''The Curragh Racecourse''

Transport and Parking: The Curragh Racecourse is situated in the Heart of Racing just 32 miles from Dublin City and en route to Cork, Limerick, Waterford just off Exit 12 off the M7. When you arrive, you’ll find plenty of FREE car parking.

In addition to the above there will be FREE return shuttle buses in operation Newbridge and Kildare Town train stations and towns for all racing fixtures in 2023.

Event Information

Venue: Curragh Racecourse, Kildare

Classification : Family Event

Dates: March – November

Kildare – Family Fun to be had at the Curragh Racecourse

''The Curragh Racecourse''


Date                                 Feature Races                                                   Themes

Sat 25th Mar –       Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire,                                – Kildare GAA Club Day

Lodge Park Stud Park Express Stakes

Sun 16th April –     Lester Piggott Gladness Stakes                                  – Celebrating the career of Lester Piggott

Tote Alleged Stakes

Mon 1st May –        Coolmore Sottsass Mooresbridge Stakes                  – Newbridge Parishes Community Day

+ Coolmore Circus Maximus Athasi Stakes

Fri 26th – Sun 28th May        Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival

Friday26th May –                    Novibet Emerald Mile

Sat 27th May –                         The Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas

Sun 28th May –                       The Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas


Wed 7th June –                      Sky Bet Race to the Ebor Handicap                   – Relay for Life Race Evening

Fri 30th June – Sun 2nd July – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

Friday – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival

Saturday – Pretty Polly Stakes

Sunday – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

Sat 22nd + Sun 23rd July – Juddmonte Irish Oaks Weekend

Saturday – Juddmonte Irish Oaks

Sunday – Romanised Minstrel Stakes

Sat 12th August – Keeneland Phoenix Stakes Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint

August Summer Series

Sat 19th August –           Coolmore Debutante Stakes + Coolmore Woolton Basset Futurity Stakes

Sun 20th August –        Comer Group + Fitzdares Royal Whip

Sat 26th August –        Irish Cambridgeshire, Heider Family Stables Round Tower, Snow Fairy Stakes

(Pat Smullen Race Day in aid of Cancer Trials Ireland)

Sun 10th September –  Irish Champions Weekend                                              – Taste of Kildare

Sat 23rd + Sunday 24th September

Saturday –  Goffs Million

Sunday – Friends of The Curragh Irish Cesarewitch

Autumn Festival

Sat 7th October –         Brigid’s Pastures Stakes

Staffordstown Stud Stakes

Thur 12th October –    Student Derby

Wed 25th October

Sun 5th November –         Comer Group Loughbrown Stakes                             – Finale of the season