Kilbeggan Racecourse

Welcome to our guide to Kilbeggan Racecourse.

Located almost bang in the middle of the Republic of Ireland, Kilbeggan Racecourse is a National Hunt only racing venue that operates throughout the summer season.

We explore this Irish racecourse looking at its history, a guide to the track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and more.

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Kilbeggan Racecourse

Overview of Kilbeggan Races

Kilbeggan Racecourse is a National Hunt venue and hosts a variety of racing events throughout the summer, almost always in the evenings.

Situated close to the town of Kilbeggan (itself a popular tourist venue and well known for its whiskey distillery), the course is as popular with local people as it is travelling racegoers and usually welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually.

Kilbeggan Racecourse has seen attendances grow vastly over the last few decades and has grown in popularity amongst its local community through a variety of outreach initiatives as well as standard marketing.

Today, it presents a range of competitive hospitality facilities and has well established itself as a preferred venue for corporate entertaining.

Kilbeggan, like so many horseracing venues now, does not have a strict dress code and only ‘encourages’ guests in its hospitality suites to dress in a smart/casual manner.

Kilbeggan Racecourse History

Racing at Kilbeggan and the surrounding area can be dated back as far as 1840, when a group of local gentleman organised a horse race with the prize of 40 guineas. The race was popular and drew a good crowd, which led to further races being arranged by local equestrian enthusiasts.

Although the formal course itself has changed venues on a few occasions, Kilbeggan Racecourse has been situated at its current site since 1901.

It has continued to grow and develop since then and is now a well-established venue in the Irish racing scene.

Kilbeggan Racecourse Map

Below is a map of Kilbeggan Racecourse:

Kilbeggan Racecourse Map

The track itself at Kilbeggan Racecourse is right-handed and very tight; with runners almost always on a turn which can present quite a challenge for those racing there.

The undulating course measures one mile one furlong in length and favours horses with good stamina.

There are five fences and six hurdles along the course.

Main Races and Events at Kilbeggan Racecourse

The highlight of the racing calendar at Kilbeggan Racecourse is the Midlands Grand National, which is run in July every year.

A handicap chase, it is run over three miles and one furlong with sixteen fences jumped – a good test of stamina for even the most proven of horses!

Noel Meade and Philip Fenton are both the top-rated trainers at the Midlands Grand National, but neither has won in the last five years; which may be an indication of new talent breaking through.

The race always attracts the top quality racing jockeys and racing trainers in the field and is always worth a flutter on!

Kilbeggan Racecourse 2022 Fixtures

Listed below are the 2022 fixtures taking place at Kilbeggan Racecourse:

  • The Spring Two Day National Hunt Race Meeting – Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd April
  • Summer Friday Evening Racing – Friday 13th May
  • Summer Sunday Racing – Sunday 5th June
  • Mid-summer Monday Evening Racing – Monday 13th June
  • Midlands National & Best Dressed Lady Competition – Friday 8th July
  • Midsummer Friday Evening Racing – Friday 15th July
  • Summer Saturday Festival & Best Dressed Lady Competition – Saturday 6th August
  • Summer Friday Evening Racing – Friday 19th August
  • End Of Season Celebration – Friday 2nd September

Kilbeggan Races 2023

Here is the horse racing calendar for Kilbeggan Races in 2023:

Date Day Track
20/04/2023 Thursday Kilbeggan
21/04/2023 Friday Kilbeggan
12/05/2023 Friday Kilbeggan
04/06/2023 Sunday Kilbeggan
19/06/2023 Monday Kilbeggan
14/07/2023 Friday Kilbeggan
21/07/2023 Friday Kilbeggan
12/08/2023 Saturday Kilbeggan
25/08/2023 Friday Kilbeggan
08/09/2023 Friday Kilbeggan

Check out our guide for the full list of Ireland’s 2022 horse racing fixture calendar.

Kilbeggan Racecourse Address

The address of Kilbeggan Racecourse is:

Kilbeggan Racecourse
County Westmeath

How To Get To Kilbeggan Racecourse

The town of Kilbeggan is fairly rural but is easily accessible from a variety of transport options.

The ways to get to Kilbeggan racecourse are:

  • By road – the new National M6 motorway between Dublin and Galway links Kilbeggan Racecourse to the capital with less than an hour’s journey in the car, and the three larger towns of Athlone, Mullingar and Tullamore are all well-connected by road. The racecourse itself is situated a mile north of the town centre and is well signposted.
  • By bus – Bus Eireann runs services from Dublin Central Bus Station to Kilbeggan regularly, but the onward one mile will need to covered either by foot or private transport.
  • By train – nearby Tullamore, approximately eight years ago, has a train station and lies on the Dublin to Galway and Dublin to Westport lines.
  • By air – the nearest airport to Kilbeggan Racecourse is Dublin, some sixty miles away, which is served by international services and a variety of airlines.

Hotels near Kilbeggan Racecourse

Kilbeggan Racecourse is in a rural location and so overnight accommodation options aren’t plentiful, but there is plenty in the surrounding area for racegoers.

Bang in the centre of Kilbeggan you will find the Seber House B&B, but this does get booked up fairly in advance of race events. South to Kilbeggan in Tullamore are several B&Bs, a few private-led holiday cottages and two big hotels – the Tullamore Court Hotel and the Central Tullamore Hotel.

Other overnight accommodation options for racecourse visitors can be found in nearby Athlone and Mullingar, and several guesthouse and rural B&Bs in smaller villages. Check out these great Kilbeggan hotels via

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Best Kilbeggan 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, free sports bets 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 for new customers:

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  • Betway Horse Racing

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The above betting sites all made our list of the best horse online bookmakers.

Other Events at Kilbeggan

As with most courses, Kilbeggan Racecourse boasts a popular Ladies Day. Held in October each year, it acts as an attractive event for those celebrating an occasion or just wanting to dress up to attend. Indeed horseracing aside, the ‘best dressed’ contest is hotly fought for; with prizes valued at well over £3,000 for the winner and the competition so in demand it was held virtually during the Covid-19 lockdown!

Summary of Kilbeggan Races

Kilbeggan Racecourse is a great day out for racing fans and those just fancying a trip to the races.

It is popular with tourists and locals, offering value for money and a great day out. Although a lesser-known Irish racecourse, it is still one of our favourites.

You should definitely pay it a visit!

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