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Visitors Guide

Planning a trip to Punchestown Festival 2018? Don't miss out on the Grand Finale of the season taking place from Tuesday 24th- Saturday 28th April. Here's all you need to know...


Festival Racing

38 races including 12 Grade 1 contests and a total prize pot of just over €3 million euro,this is a big deal! Click here to view the 2018 race programme. 

More Than A One Horse Town

Not only do we have pulse accelerating racing, Punchestown Festival is a must in the social calender. Live music, buzzing bars & a selection of delicious eateries, there is lots to look forward to.

Visit the social hub of the festival with your friends and enjoy our brand new 'Hunt Stand' which includes a chic new Bollinger Bar, buzzing Festival Bar and much more. 

Style & Family

Here at Punchestown there is no dress code but we do encourage smart casual dress. The ladies can get the glad rags out for our Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competiton & gents can make their own statement in a sharp suit.  

The final day of Festival 2018 is our AES Family Fun Day. Whether your five or ninety-five there is something for everyone to enjoy with FREE childrens entertainment in our Junior Jockey Club. Learn more here.

How are you travelling?

Take a look at our Festival transport page here for all your travel needs. 

Here are a few points not to forget..

  • Whilst the atmospshere is electric & the competition is on fire, our festival is in Ireland at the end of April so a good coat & umberella wouldn't go astray.
  • Try and bring cash with you to the course as although there are cash points the queues may just cost you an epic view of the Gold Cup winner crossing the line. 
  • If you are prone to being asked for ID, bring it with you. We wouldn't want you sipping on Ribena while your friends are testing out the new Bollinger Bar.
  • Don't forget the tickets!


Festival Race Times (based on previous year. Subject to minor changes)
Day Gates Open First Race Last Race
Tuesday 12 noon 3.40pm 7.15pm          (Bar Info: Last orders 9.15, bars close 9.45pm)
Wednesday 12 noon 3.40pm 7.15pm          (Bar Info: Last orders 9.15, bars close 9.45pm)
Thursday 12 noon 3.40pm 7.45pm         (followed By Goffs Festival Sale in parade ring)
Friday 12 noon 3.40pm 7.45pm        (Bar Info: Last orders 9.30, bars close at 10pm sharp)
Saturday 11.30am 2.30pm 6.45pm         (Bar Info:  Last orders 8pm, bars close 8.30pm sharp)

Plan Your Visit To Punchestown