The 2018 Festival runs froms Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th April 2018.
The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendar. The special combination of thrilling sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and drink, family fun, dazzling glamour or casual comfort is unequalled thanks to the unique Punchestown Festival atmosphere.
Racing: The Punchestown Festival is considered the grande finale of the jump season with top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish sea converging on the Kildare venue to settle scores and confirm reputations. The quality of racing is unrivalled with a total of 12 Grade 1 contests taking place. Punchestown is proud to be the home of Irish National Hunt Racing and host the famous La Touche Cup, a spectators favourite run over the cross country course. It's a "must see" for any racing fan.
|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)|
There is no dress code at Punchestown. So dress up or dress down, it's up to you. Those attending hospitality pavilions tend to wear smart casual but most wear suits. However, how often do you get a chance to get dressed in your finest?
How, Where & When
Please see the Visit The Racecourse section of this site, sign up to our newsletter on the homepage or request a Visitors Guide (e-version or by post) for full information on how to get to Punchestown, accommodation options, hospitality and ticket packages and what's on in the locality.