4 miles from the Periwinkle B&B, Galway City.
Situated in Ballybrit, on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals held the last week of July through first week in August, again in September and final meeting in October, are world renowned. Veteran race goers, and indeed those who simply love the atmosphere, travel from around the world for the unique experience that is, the Galway Races. Not only is there horse racing on offer but there is live music, bars and restaurants along with events such as best dressed lady on Thursday of Race Week. Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion; you are at the Galway Races. Summer Festival Meeting
The Summer Festival Race Meeting at the Galway Races is renowned worldwide for its electric atmosphere, excellent racing and infectious sense of fun.
Celebrities can be seen sipping champagne by the Champagne Tent, the most conservative of us will be heard above the crowd as the horses round the bend into the home stretch. The Galway Races is certainly a festival for everyone. The Festival runs for seven consecutive days starting from the last Monday in July each year. We have special race days at the Summer Festival which add fun and excitement to the event, Ladies Day, The Big Bash and Mad Hatter’s Day.
A record number of people, 220,000, attended the Summer Festival Meeting in 2006 where betting turnover reached over €31 million. The total prize fund for the fifty-one sponsored races reached an impressive €1.7 million. If you fancy a flutter while at the course, there are various options for placing a bet at the Galway Races; the Tote, on-course betting shops and on-course bookmakers.