Curragh racecourse

The home of Irish Flat racing and the largest horse racing centre in the country. Situated on the Curragh County plains, it is 3km from the town of Newbridge in Co. Kildare and less than an hour from Dublin.

The five Irish Classics, highlighted by Irish Derby weekend at the end of June, all take place on this sacred turf as are so many of Ireland's major races. The track is horseshoe-shaped with a circuit of two miles, a run in of three furlongs and an uphill finish. The first official racing took place in 1741.

Address: Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare, Ireland
Tel: 353 045 441 205
Admission: Saturdays €8; Sundays €10; Classic Days €12; Derby Day €15 (Grandstand) €35 (Reserved Enclosure)
Road: The course is situated 35 miles south west of Dublin via the N7 (exit junction 10)
Rail: Trains run from Dublin (Heuston Station) to Curragh Mainline. The platform is 500 yards from the stands (Racedays only)
Car park: Free
Flat: A right-handed horseshoe-shaped track of 2m with no sharp bends and a run-in of 3f and a steady uphill finish, ideal for the galloping type. The 5 and 6f are straight.