Official tourism website for Northern Ireland

Downpatrick Racecourse

24 Ballydugan Road, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6TE
Horses approaching the finish line at Downpatrick Race Course with spectators in the grand stand.

Book Tickets Online


Dating back to 1685, Downpatrick Racecourse is the oldest racecourse in Ireland. It has long been a hub of local life and attracts visitors from far and wide for great sport, entertainment, and fun. We host 10 fixtures each year, with our feature being the Randox Ulster National which this year takes place on Sunday 2nd April. We race over jumps and also host evening racing in the warmer months. The racecourse is set in the idyllic countryside of County Down and makes for a brilliant day out whether you are a racing fan or new to the sport. Our top-class facilities and a warm welcome are renowned across Ireland and have won us prestigious awards in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Just one mile from the historic town of Downpatrick, a race meeting at Downpatrick Racecourse is the perfect way to experience local life and enjoy an exciting sport at which the Irish are undoubtedly the best in the world.

Throughout the season we host various themed racedays, including a Family Day in July and Ladies Day in August. A two-day Festival is our June highlight.

Downpatrick Racecourse’s modern facilities can be enjoyed by everyone from large groups to small parties and individuals. Our superb hospitality suite seats 500 and private boxes can also be booked for groups of 10 people or more, allowing a special, bespoke experience. Beyond this, a wide range of other bars and function rooms can cater for any event or function you may be thinking of holding.

As one of only 2 racecourses in Northern Ireland, we are proud to host the great sport of horse racing and at the same time contribute to the social and cultural life of Downpatrick and the surrounding area. Feel free to contact our friendly staff should you have any questions or enquiries. We will hope to see you at the track soon!

Book Tickets



  • Cafe

Children & Infants

  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Groups catered for
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Guide Prices

Ticket options vary from General Admission to Hospitality.
Visit our website for details on options for each raceday.

Add Downpatrick Racecourse to your Itinerary

Check availability for Downpatrick Racecourse (opens in a new window)

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0) 28 4461 2054

Map & Directions

Opening Times

* Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 & Racedays

What's Nearby

  1. Interactive Medieval history Village, offering the opportunity to step back in time and…

    1.37 miles away
  2. An Anglo-Norman motte-and-bailey earthwork castle dating to the late 12th or early 13th…

    2.08 miles away
  3. Seaforde Gardens, Maze and Tropical Butterfly House promises a truly plant rich and…

    2.5 miles away
  4. Situated 8.8km south east of Ballynahinch, on the north east shore of Loughinisland Lake,…

    2.71 miles away
  5. We are a family run farm park based just outside Newcastle, County Down. Established in…

    2.87 miles away
  6. Travel back to the past with real vintage steam trains through St. Patrick's Country,…

    3.09 miles away
  7. Down Cathedral, a Cathedral of the Church of Ireland with magnificent stain glass…

    3.18 miles away
  8. The Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the World about Ireland’s…

    3.26 miles away
  9. Down County Museum is located in the old county Gaol of Down. It houses fascinating…

    3.29 miles away
  10. Located on the north bank of the Quoile River, Inch Abbey was founded by John de Courcy…

    3.29 miles away
  11. Located in the heart of Downpatrick, Down Arts Centre manages the Season Programme and is…

    3.43 miles away
  12. Built 1954 to the designs of S. McIlveen of Ferguson and McIlveen, Belfast. This is a…

    3.51 miles away
  13. Believed to have been built in or around 1177, Dundrum Castle was built by John De Courcy…

    3.64 miles away
  14. Tyrella beach and conservation area is a small, enclosed dune complex within Dundrum Bay.…

    3.86 miles away
  15. Set in spectacular surroundings overlooking Dundrum inner Bay these fine Georgian…

    4.12 miles away
  16. Struell Wells was built around a stream flowing through a secluded valley. It was a…

    4.71 miles away

Virtual Tour

Map & Directions

Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss