The Curragh Racecourse was my first taste of horse racing outside of North America and it was phenomenal. The Curragh, as those in the know refer to it, is located an hour outside of Dublin in County Kildare. Laying just beyond the small town of Kildare are the 5000-acres of the Curragh Plains and it is within the plains you will find the Curragh Racecourse and gallops. The track and training grounds cover 1,500-acres and is a paradise for thoroughbreds and all who love them.
Though races aren’t run everyday the gallops are open 365 days a year and you are more than welcome to watch, which I highly recommend.
The Irish National Stud is located minutes down the road from The Curragh and definitely worth a visit.
The Curragh Racecourse
An unbelievably beautiful racecourse and if given the opportunity you must go. You will not regret it for one second.
Gallops on the Curragh
The horses are found on the training grounds in the early mornings once the sun is up. If you have a car you can follow the road through the plains and you will find horses along the way. If you are without a car there is a good chance your taxi driver will know the best place to drop you. Either way you will not be disappointed.