Down Royal Racecourse
Since the 17th Century Down Royal Racecourse has brought the "Sport of Kings" to generations of people in Northern Ireland - it's a race course steeped in history. Racing horses isn't just something we do at Down Royal, it's a part of our culture, our heritage and our spirit. We live, breathe and sleep it!
At Down Royal, the new hospitality pavilion has been a huge hit with both hospitality and punters pack guests. The Dark Horse Cafe and wine bar is the place to be seen on a race day and the recently completed new members, owners and trainers facility is a superb addition to the racecourse. The site has been transformed in the last 3 years and there are more developments planned to enhance our Rainbow Telecom Suite with a balcony in 2012.
You just can’t beat a day at the races - thundering hooves, pounding on the track, the multi-coloured flash of jockeys charging towards the finish line and the roar of a crowd rising from their seats to spot the winner. From the moment you enter the free car parks at Down Royal, we want you to have fun and we do our best to ensure that this happens - join us in 2013 to experience it! Down Royal Racecourse is available for weddings, conferences, exhibitions and dinner meetings.
Get a return coach to Down Royal Racecourse. Leaves 1 hour before first race from Belfast, and returns 1 hour after last race, it is only £10.
Directions to Down Royal Racecourse
FROM BELFAST: M1 to The South and Dublin exit (Junction 8). At roundabout take first exit A101 past B&Q and Sainsburys on left hand side. At roundabout junction with A1 take second exit towards The South and Dublin. Travel up A1 Dual Carriageway to top of hill. Turn right across carriageway (to follow brown heritage signs) before the Hillsborough roundabout. Continue down Harry’s Road to crossroads and go straight through. Continue on the Aghnatrisk Road to next crossroads and turn right onto Kesh Road. Racecourse is about 2 miles further down the road. FROM DUBLIN: Road to Newry (N1 South of the border) then onto the A1 Dual Carriageway to Belfast. At Hillsborough Roundabout continue as for Belfast and take the first turn to left on Harry’s Road and directions are same as above.
31 Oct 2014 ‐ 1 Nov 2014
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