Punchestown Racecourse, the home of Irish National Hunt Racing for more than 150 years is very different to any other racecourse for the simple fact that it is the only racecourse in Ireland to continue to host cross country racing, the very founder of modern era steeplechasing.
To say that Punchestown has grown considerably from its days of only double banks and stone walls would be a huge understatement when one considers the eloquent and imposing structures that were developed to bring Punchestown into the 21st century. Punchestown has successfully managed to expand in order to cope with the 80,000 strong crowds which visit throughout the Irish National Hunt Festival but at the same time generate that special countryside feeling at all its race meetings.
Today, Punchestown is not only the home of the most valuable National Hunt Festival in Ireland but also the home of a host of very competitive and exciting race days where the needs of senior citizens right down to toddlers are catered for over a broad range of price structures.
Bus Eireann have a bus service which runs from Bus Aras in Dublin on race days only. Please contact Bus Eireann on +353 (0)1 836 6111 to confirm departure times of buses.
Dublin Bus will provide an express bus service from Dublin City Centre to Punchestown for the Oxegen Festival. For more information visit http://www.dublinbus.ie/news_centre/oxegen.asp
Directions from Dublin to Punchestown, Co. Kildare Total Distance: Approx. 26 miles *From the M50 motorway, exit onto N7 Junction 9 (signposted for The South, Limerick, Cork, Waterford) *At the R445 Junction with M7 branch left onto R445 (signposted for Naas) *Continue towards the centre of Naas on the R411 *At the first set of traffic lights, turn left, signposted for Blessington and Punchestown R410 *Continue for approx. 2 miles and turn right at crossroads (5 road junction) *Punchestown Racecourse is situated on this road (Woolpack Road) just under 1 mile from junction on the left handside. The are two racecourse entrances.
Note: Map is an approximate indication ONLY. Please contact Punchestown Racecourse for directions and precise location prior to your visit.