Horse Racing Kildare
Killashee is the closest hotel to Punchestown Racecourse, making us the ideal accommodation destination when visiting the course for some top racing. Punchestown, along with the facilities are unique and vast and can be tailored for all styles of events from Truck Shows, Exhibitions to Concerts, Punchestown is an amazing venue. Punchestown Racecourse. Punchestown Races were reorganised and reconstituted as "Kildare and National Hunt Steeplechases" in 1861. The first day of the 1868 meeting attracted 1 spectator.
From a fantastic day at the races to a casual walk of the course, Punchestown is a really ideal attraction to visit when in Kildare.
The course is very easy to access from major road National Road Networks, Ports & Dublin Airport and with free parking for up to 17,000 cars you will have no problem parking at the racecourse itself.
Punchestown would be best know for its annual festival. The Punchestown Festival is the major horse racing festival of the Irish National Hunt Season and is usually held annually in April. The Punchestown Festival is held over five days, between Tuesday and Saturday inclusive. It is seen by many as the Irish version of the Cheltenham Festival and is run in a very similar format.
This Festival is the highlight of the racing calendar and our favourite week of the year. The hotel, Naas town, Punchestown and all surrounding areas are in full festival swing.
The Racecourse Facilities
The facilities on site are remarkable with huge developments completed in the last two years. The main stands are; The Hunt Stand, Panoramic Stand, Main Grand Stand. The Hunt Stand was launched for the 2018 festival and this was a multi-million euro investment for the racecourse. These new facilities where known as the “social-hub” of the event.
This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Outside of Horse Racing
If visiting the course outside the race days, you can enjoy walking the grounds and the racecourse. This is a really nice way to take in the distance the horses have to race, the views from the far side of the course looking back at the stands and for some exercise.
There are many catering options when it comes to catering at Punchestown with the Bollinger Bar, The Sky Bar, Fox Den Café, La Touche Restaurant, The Hay Café, Feedroom Café, Corinthian Restaurant and much more.