Fairyhouse Racecourse

Welcome to our guide to Fairyhouse Racecourse.

The magical sounding Fairyhouse Racecourse is one of the most important National Hunt tracks in the whole of Ireland and hosts some of the most prominent events in the country.

We look at the track, racecards, local recommended hotel picks, travel information, betting guides and even the weather.

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Fairyhouse Racecourse
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Overview of Fairyhouse Races

Fairyhouse Racecourse is situated in the parish of Ratoath in County Meath Ireland, just a short drive out of Dublin. Its main business is turf accountancy, and that’s of no surprise when you learn that this venue is home to the Irish Grand National Steeplechase; the biggest race in the Republic’s calendar.

Fairyhouse Racecourse is an extremely popular venue with both those in the racing industry and the general public, with events that usually sell out ahead of time.

A variety of concession tickets are on offer and all under-16s visit the course for free so it makes for a great day out for families.

There is no strict dress code at Fairyhouse Racecourse (although smart casual attire is encouraged in the hospitality suites) and so many find it accessible without being daunting.

Fairyhouse Racecourse is one of the most modern horseracing venues in Ireland and boasts a wide variety of hospitality and conferencing facilities.

Fairyhouse Racecourse History

The first documented race meet at Fairyhouse Racecourse was held in 1848, and 30 years later in 1870, the first Irish Grand National Steeplechase held.

Since then the event has developed and grown, with the likes of Arkle, Desert Orchid, Hurricane Fly, Don Cossack and Annie Power all gracing the track at Fairyhouse.

In the 00s, Fairyhouse Racecourse became a venue for music festivals and performances as well as horseracing, and this has seen its popularity soar across the country as a prominent events venue.

Fairyhouse Racecourse Map

There are two courses at Fairyhouse; the flat and the jumps track.

Fairyhouse Flat Track

Check out the flat course at Fairyhouse:

Fairyhouse Racecourse Map Flat

The track itself is a 1 mile and 6.5 furlong right-handed circuit with a 2.5 furlong straight and a slight uphill finish.

The course is wide, galloping, right-handed and square but not testing – and favours no particular type of horse, which is perhaps why betting is so popular here.

Fairyhouse Jumps Track

Below is a map of the Fairyhouse jumps track:

Fairyhouse Racecourse Jumps

There are 2 jumps courses at Fairyhouse Racecourse; one with 12 fences and one with 8 hurdles.

Main Races and Events at Fairyhouse

Fairyhouse Racecourse’s calendar highlight is undoubtedly the three-day Easter Festival, with the jewel in the Festival crown being the Irish Grand National Steeplechase. Run each year on Easter Monday and currently sponsored by Jameson’s Whiskey, The Grand National is run over a distance of 3 miles and 5 furlongs and is open to horses aged 5 years or over across 24 fences. It is a handicap race and is broadcast live across Irish television and around the world every year.

Fairyhouse Racecourse Address

The address of Fairyhouse Racecourse is:

Fairyhouse Racecourse
County Meath
A85 XK30

How To Get To Fairyhouse Racecourse

The ways to get to Fairyhouse races are:

  • By road – Fairyhouse Racecourse is equidistant between the main M3 and N2 roads so easily accessible from Dublin, Dunboyne, Balrath, Dunshaughlin, Slane and Kells. It’s approximately a 35 min drive from Dublin, 3 hours from Cork, 2 hours from Limerick and just under 2 hours from Belfast. Parking is free on-site at Fairyhouse Racecourse and there are several car parks – although early arrival is advised on busy days if you’d like to park close to the venue.
  • By train – the nearest train station to Fairyhouse Racecourse is Heuston Station in Dublin, although this is a further half an hour away by car. Dublin Heuston Station is frequented by services from all over both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • By bus – buses to Fairyhouse Racecourse operate daily on the 105 Bus Eireann service and stop directly outside the venue, with timetables available online. During the Easter and Winter Festivals, a direct service is run from Dublin by Marathon Coaches.
  • By air – the nearest airport to Fairyhouse Racecourse is Dublin, which is served by international routes daily.

Hotels near Fairyhouse Racecourse

The area Fairyhouse Racecourse sits in, just outside Ratoath, is fairly rural and not a tourist destination so although there isn’t numerous overnight accommodation very close by, there are some a short drive away. The nearest choice is the Killeentierna House B&B, a country house family-run bed and breakfast that offers reasonably priced rooms all year round but is fairly small so does get booked up in advance.

Nearby Dunboyne boasts the Dunboyne Castle House Hotel and the Dunboyne Guesthouse, both with rooms available for around the £100 mark. The Ashbourne Court Hotel, Delphi Cottage Guesthouse, Aisling Guesthouse and Ashbourne Self Catering Cottages are all also only a short drive away.

The most hotel and accommodation options are undoubtedly half an hour down the road in Dublin, where you’ll find chain and boutique hotels, B&Bs, pub rooms, Airbnbs, guesthouses and hostels all available year-round to fit every budget and occasion. Check out these great rates offered by booking.com:

Betting Shops Local to Fairyhouse Racecourse

As home to the biggest race in the Irish racing calendar, it’s no surprise that betting is fairly central at Fairyhouse Racecourse and there’s a variety of facilities for it at the venue.

Betting shops, indie bookmakers and Tote facilities can all be found throughout Fairyhouse, and there is free Wi-Fi available to all visitors should they wish to have a flutter online using their devices or phones (betting on mobile phone).

The on-site betting facilities at Fairyhouse Racecourse are primarily supplied by BoyleSports betting.

In nearby Ratoath you’ll find branches of BoyleSports, Paddy Power horse racing and Bruce Betting.

In Ashbourne there are branches of BoyleSports, Paddy Power, The Track and TrackSports. All local betting shops show races from Fairyhouse Racecourse live where they can and the larger events from the Easter Festival (including, of course, the Irish Grand National) are broadcast throughout a plethora of pubs, restaurants and public areas throughout the country.

Best Fairyhouse Races Betting Sites

At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and betting on apps when going to the races. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals, some are even offering free bets:

  • Parimatch Horse Racing

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    18+ New Customers opt in, deposit and bet £5 at odds 2.00+ on Horse Racing within 7 days of registration; excludes cashed out bets. Get 3x £10 Free Bets, set events only at odds 2.00+. Free Bets expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly

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  • Betfred Horse Racing

    Betfred Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £60 IN BONUSES

    New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required.

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  • Coral Racing

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    18+ New UK+IRE customers. PayPal and certain deposit and bet types excluded. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.

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  • 888 Racing

    888 Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £30

    New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F – A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market – Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) – Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days – Free bet stakes not included in returns – Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply.

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  • William Hill Racing

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    BET £10 GET £30 IN FREE BETS

    New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.

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  • Ladbrokes Racing

    Ladbrokes Horse Racing

    18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.

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  • Unibet Horse Racing

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    18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first racing bet loses. Wagering: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Sports bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Full T&Cs apply. #Ad

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  • BetVictor Horse Racing

    Betvictor Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £40

    18+ New customers only. Opt in and place a £10 qualifying bet on Horse Racing at odds of 2.00+ within 7 days of registering; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 3x £10 Horse Racing Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00+. Plus, a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw a max of £250. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. Please Gamble Responsibly.

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  • Mr Play Sport

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    BET £10 GET £15

    18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit: £10, max £15 bonus, valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at a min. odds of 1/1 (2.00) or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. System bets no eligible.

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  • Betway Horse Racing

    Betway Sports

    New UK customers only. £10 Min Deposit. 100% matched free bet on your first deposit of £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bets. Debit Card deposits only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way.

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All of these made our list of the best online betting sites.

Fairyhouse Weather

Check out the Fairyhouse weather, this can help you predict the racing conditions and also what to wear at the horse races.

The weather for Fairyhouse is:


Other Events Held at Fairyhouse

Fairyhouse Racecourse hosts a variety of music and performance events throughout the year, but also opens every Sunday (when there are no race meetings) as a market selling locally produced goods from its local community. Products on offer include fresh fruit and veg, arts and crafts, saddlery and tools. It also hosts regular and well-attended car boot sales on weekends where no races are taking place.

Fairyhouse 2022 Fixture List

Here are the Fairyhouse fixtures for 2022:

  • Solerina Mares Novice – January 29th 2022
  • Mid Week Jumps – 9th February 2022
  • Bobbyjo Chase Day – 26th February 2022
  • Grade 2 Novice Hurdle Day – 3rd April 2022

Fairyhouse Racecard and Fairyhouse Tips

The racecards for the Fairyhouse races are released the day before the races take places, find out where to view racecards here – tomorrow’s racecards and today’s racecards. In these you will get an advance look at all the runners and riders, some people like to do this and select their horses before getting to the track.

You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information.

Summary of Fairyhouse Races

One of the premier Irish racing tracks, Fairyhouse is one of the jewels in the crown.

A stunning track, close to Dublin, the course hosts high-quality jumps and flat racing throughout the year. Its biggest race is probably the Irish Grand National.

It is one of our favourite racecourses and is highly recommended.

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