Dundalk Racecourse Guide

Welcome to our official guide to Dundalk Racecourse. In this section we explore the 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!

Dundalk Racecourse Guide

Dundalk History

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

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.

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

Dundalk Racecourse

Dundalk Races

Dundalk Racecourse Map

Dundalk Race Track
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Dundalk is a polytrack all-weather racecourse. It is a left-handed and round course. A circuit is just over 10 furlongs long. The home straight is approximately  2½ furlongs long with a sweeping home bend. A 5f off-chute joins the main course on the home bend just over 3½ furlongs. All the other races are ran on the round course with races starting down the back straight.

Dundalk Racecourse Address

Racecourse Rd
Co Louth
A91 FFP3

How To Get To Dundalk Racecourse

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 traveling 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.

Hotel Near Dundalk Racecourse

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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:


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Popular Questions

🏇How many fixtures are held at Dundalk?

Currently, there are 38 fixtures held every year with the main races taking place in October, these are the Group 3 Diamond Stakes 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

🏇When did Dundalk open?

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