Leopardstown Racecourse

leopardstown racecourseLeopardstown Racecourse, also known to some as Ballinlore, is in Leopardstown just a few miles away from Dublin City Centre. Home to both flat and national hunt racing, there is something on the racing calendar for all fans of the sport.  It hosts a significant number of noteworthy races including the Irish Champion Stakes and the Dublin Racing Festival. All in all 23 fixtures.  Others include the Ballylinch Stud Classic Trials, the Irish Champions Weekend and the Christmas Festival. There’s even a popular Student Race Day aimed at getting young people interested in horse racing. These events fit hand in glove with the course and bring the very best of racing to the watching public, both on course and at home.

The racecourse’s facilities and entertainment offerings tick every box too. Designed to cater to all from the racing purist to families looking to have a fun day out, there really is something for everyone. The likes of the vibrant Carnival de Leop and live music at Bulmbers Live add a new and welcome dimension to a day at the races. Upcoming events can be viewed on the official website here.

On top of this there’s the usual hospitality, as well as dining options in the 1888 Restaurant, The Pavilion and The Panoramic, which offers stunning balcony views of the racing action.

Being so close to Dublin City center makes it a convenient destination for race goers. There are plenty of public transport options to get you there, and ample parking for those driving to the venue. The dual purpose track itself is a left handed galloping track of 1m 6f. From home turn to finishing post is a short 2 and a half furlongs. As a chase course there are ten hurdles. If you happen to be in the area, or intend to travel to Leopardstown racecourse you’re unlikely to be disappointed!