Dundalk Stadium

Welcome to our official guide to Dundalk Stadium and Racecourse.

We explore this lively all-weather racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a look at the main races, a guide to track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather of this great Irish track.

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Dundalk Racecourse Guide

Dundalk Racecourse History

Dundalk Stadium is a racecourse of two halves, featuring both horse racing and greyhound racing, and is the only all-weather track in Ireland.

It is popular with trainers from all over Ireland as well as attracting runners from the UK.

The stadium prides itself on being ‘more than just a racing venue’ and offers a variety of hospitality options on site. Visitors to the stadium will be met with a wealth of bars as well as three different eateries including fast food, a carvery, and a beautiful restaurant.

The Dundalk stadium has a long history of over 120 years but has undergone many reworkings during that time.

In 2007, Dundalk stadium underwent a complete renovation and refurbishment which totally changed the feel and purpose of the site, after been originally opened four years previously, in 2003.

The stadium boasts a fully floodlit poly-track surface which is coated with a wax surface, making it modern and innovative.

The racecourse features stables that can house up to 130 horses and kennels for many greyhounds.

Many racecourses only operate full time throughout the spring and summer seasons and that is where Dundalk is special. The course really lights up during the winter months when visitors can attend a flat race at least once each week – nicknamed the Friday Night Club.

In 1999, the stadium was brought out and greyhound racing was introduced, this stadium is the only dual-purpose racecourse in the whole of Europe (the greyhound track is inside the horse racing course), making it somewhat unique and interesting.

Dundalk Racecourse

Dundalk Races

Most of the racing at Dundalk Stadium happens on Friday evening from September to March, whilst not strictly the highest quality there are always big fields and competitive racing under the floodlights.

The main and most prestigious races at the Dundalk Stadium include Patton Stakes which is a 1 mile listed race for 3-year-olds held in March. October sees the Group 3 Diamond Stakes over 10 furlongs and the 5-furlong Group 3 Mercury Stakes.

Dundalk Racecourse Map

Below is a map of Dundalk racecourse:

Dundalk Race Track
Courtesy of At The Races

Dundalk racecourse is a Polytrack all-weather course.

It is left-handed and round, with a circuit of a little over 10 furlongs.

The home straight is 2½ furlongs with a cutaway at the top of the home straight.

There is a 5f off-chute that joins the main course on the home bend. There tends to be a draw bias for low numbers over races up to 7 furlongs.

Dundalk Racecourse Address

The official address of Dundalk Racecourse is:

Racecourse Road
Dowdallshill
Dundalk
Co Louth
A91 FFP3
Ireland

How To Get To Dundalk Racecourse

The best ways to get to Dundalk are:

  • By car – the racecourse can be accessed by using the M1 and N25 roads respectively if visitors are arriving by car. When driving, the racecourse can be reached from Dublin in just 45 minutes and from Belfast within an hour. There is a good amount of parking at the stadium and visitors have the option to safely leave their vehicle overnight should they so wish.
  • By train – if travelling by train, the stadium is accessed via the Dundalk train station, usually by the Enterprise high-speed rail network.
  • By air – for air passengers, Dublin airport is just a 40-minute drive from the stadium. There is a bus service which can be taken from the airport, which runs directly to the stadium, making arriving at the venue quickly and simple.

Dundalk Betting Sites

At British Racecourses, we often recommend betting online and via betting apps. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely without having to queue.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals with some amazing offers for new customers:

  • Parimatch Horse Racing

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    Betway Sports
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The above betting sites all made the list of the best horse racing betting sites, with particularly good current deals with bet365, Ladbrokes racing, William Hill, Skybet and Paddy Power.

Hotels Near Dundalk Racecourse

There aren’t many hotels in the vicinity but the closest is the Crown Plaza. Being a driving distance from both Dublin and Belfast most visitors to the course choose to stay in one of these locations where you are essentially spoilt for choice.

We always recommend checking out Booking.com below which often has great rates and availability, check out Dundalk races hotels deal options: 

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Dundalk Racecourse 2022 Fixtures

The current Dundalk race meeting dates for 2022 are:

  • Wednesday 19th January
  • Friday 21st January
  • Wednesday 2nd February
  • Friday 4th February
  • Friday 25th February
  • Friday 4th March
  • Friday 8th April
  • Tuesday 12th April
  • Tuesday 12th July
  • Monday 15th August
  • Friday 16th September
  • Friday 30th September
  • Friday 7th October
  • Friday 14th October
  • Wednesday 2nd November
  • Friday 4th November
  • Wednesday 9th November
  • Friday 11th November
  • Friday 25th November
  • Wednesday 30th November
  • Friday 2nd December
  • Wednesday 7th December
  • Friday 16th December
  • Wednesday 21st December

As you can see there are lots of Dundalk race meetings!

Dundalk Racecard and Dundalk Tips

The racecards for the Dundalk races are released the day before the races take place, find out where to view racecards here – tomorrow’s racecards and today’s racecards. You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information.

Dundalk Weather

Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable.

Here’s the current weather forecast for Dundalk:
DUNDALK WEATHER

Popular Questions

How many fixtures are held at Dundalk?

There are 38 fixtures held every year with the main races taking place in October, these are the Group 3 Diamond Stake over 12 furlong and the Group 3 Mercury Stakes over 5 furlongs.

What is the postcode of Dundalk Stadium?

The postcode for Dundalk Stadium is A91 FFP3, Racecourse Road, Dundalk.

When did Dundalk open?

Dundalk officially opened on 26 August 2007 costing 24millions euros as a floodlit 1mile and 2 furlongs left-handed, all-weather (Polytrack) track.

Summary of Dundalk Racecourse

Dundalk Stadium is a busy and lively track most famously known for its Friday racing, which goes on in almost any weather conditions throughout the Irish winter.

Races are not always strictly high-class but they are always good-sized fields and competitive, making fun and open betting events.

Even though this is the case, the track is frequented by nearly all of the Irish trainers who compete throughout the winter months.

The course itself is friendly with great customer service and the stadium offers a superb restaurant and viewing opportunities – so if the weather is bad you can enjoy great racing, food and drink inside.

For those looking for a bumper Friday evening, you can combine horse racing with greyhound racing as well!

We love Dundalk here at British Racecourses and highly recommend a visit.

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As the Founder of British Racecourses, I have a life-long passion for horse racing and have loved the sport as long as I can remember. I am also a keen racehorse owner and have worked in the gambling industry for several years. I set up British Racecourses with the desire to share my passion for racing with other like-minded people.