Few sporting experiences compare with the raw energy and authenticity of horse racing. In Ireland horse racing is where sport and culture combine. It is inherent in Irish culture and heritage. It is fast, it is tough, it is fiercely competitive but it is exhilarating, thrilling and passionate in equal measure. Punchestown is the home of Irish jump racing.
People make Punchestown and we look forward to welcoming you to this iconic, award-winning sporting venue that is steeped in history. Renowned for its wonderful friendly welcome and vibrant atmosphere, Punchestown offers a unique and authentic Irish sporting experience where you can rub shoulders with the stars of the game whilst enjoying some of the best racing action anywhere in the world.
Having first hosted racing in 1823, Punchestown is established on a foundation of history, heritage, grassroots and prestige. Unique and renowned, the Punchestown banks, steeplechase and hurdle tracks have been the stage of celebrated sporting moments. Jump racing is at the heart of this special place and the annual Punchestown Festival is the highlight and grand finale of each season.
Situated on a splendid 450 acre site in the picturesque heart of county Kildare at the foothills of the Dublin Wicklow mountains and within an hour Dublin airport and city centre, the racecourse itself is regarded as one of the top ten in the world.
The selection of restaurants, pavilions, bars and private suites ensures that you and your guests will relax and enjoy the best of Irish sport with delicious food and beverages in comfortable surroundings.