Laytown Racecourse

Welcome to our guide to Laytown Races. 

Laytown Racecourse is an entirely unique venue – the only racecourse of its type to offer horseracing along the beach in Ireland.

Its prominence as such an unusual course means that it draws crowds from around the world and has been the focus of much media and press attention.

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Laytown Races

Overview of Laytown Races

Laytown Racecourse is situated (literally) on the east coast of Ireland, some 12km south of Drogheda and 44km north of Dublin.

The only racecourse that permits horseracing along the sand of the beach under-regulated Racing Rules, Laytown Racecourse hosts flat racing once a year every September – although has been closed since 2019 due to social distancing concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.

The track itself offers an entirely alternative surface to the likes of turf, dirt, all-weather and manicured grass that horses usually run on.

The sand and water present a unique challenge to horses that is unlike any other course. The course at Laytown Racecourse is straight and almost entirely level, but this is dependent on the tide and weather conditions.

Set up for the day of racing only on events day itself, the course is constructed once the tide recedes in the morning.

Up to six races can be run during the day – each measuring from six furlongs up to a mile. Rather than using set grandstands and hospitality facilities, an elevated field above the strand is set up with temporary marquees for both racegoers to watch the action as well as to act as the jockey’s room, weight room and full bars and restaurants.

During the day of racing, as well as a couple of days before and after the event, access to the beach is restricted to the public.

The committee of Laytown Racecourse is currently led by Chairman Joe Collins with the aid of Manager Kevin Coleman. During their tenure, Laytown Racecourse has been featured on the BBC’s Coast and Countryfile, as well as being featured in its own documentary.

Laytown Racecourse History

Racing on the beach at Laytown can be traced back as far as 1868; albeit not always under the official Rules of Racing.

For many years, there was no dedicated audience area, instead with crowds informally lining the track to watch events. However, in 1994, a horse was spooked by a small river stream along the course and bolted into the crowd – causing havoc and panic amongst both those watching and those participating. Several people were injured and three horses had to be put down because of injuries sustained.

Since 1994, safety measures have been installed to avoid this happening again; with barriers constructed, the crowd separated and the runners limited. The races did originally involve a straight before turning around and returning but for safety reasons, distances have been shortened to avoid any turn.

Laytown Racecourse Map

Below is a map of Laytown Racecourse:

Laytown Racecourse Map

Main Races and Events at Laytown

Racing at Laytown Racecourse takes place one day a year in September and up to six races can be run on that day; weather dependent.

Tickets for the day need to be booked well in advance, as the course’s unique charm attracts racegoers from all over the world – even those who don’t have a passion for horseracing or would usually attend such events.

A whole host of the country’s champion jockeys have won at Laytown Racecourse previously, including the likes of Colin Keane, Ruby Walsh, Joseph O’Brien, Declan McDonogh and Pat Smullen.

Laytown Race Address

The address for Laytown Races is:

Laytown Racecourse
Strand Road
County Meath

How To Get To Laytown Racecourse

The ways to get to Laytown Racecourse are:

  • By road – Laytown Racecourse is a 20-min drive from Drogheda and about 45-mins from Dublin, easily accessible by main roads. There are no set car parks for the venue (as of course, it isn’t actually a venue all the time) but on race day there are three and sometimes four free car parks dotted around the town of Laytown dedicated for racegoers. Free shuttle buses run from each of these car parks to the racing area before and after events.
  • By train – The nearest train station is Laytown and services run regularly from Dublin (every 40-mins) and Drogheda (every 30-mins). Shuttle buses run on race day from the station to the course, but it’s only a 10-min walk so can be done easily before and after the day’s races.
  • By bus – Laytown Racecourse is accessible by bus from both Dublin and Drogheda. Matthew’s Buses serve the former and Bus Eireann the latter, with services running regularly.
  • By air – the nearest airport to Laytown Racecourse is Dublin, which is served by a variety of international routes.

Hotels near Laytown Racecourse

Laytown is too small a town for multiple hotel options, but there are a few overnight accommodation choices nearby. The Tara Guesthouse is situated in the centre of Laytown and a B&B can be found in nearby Bettystown close to the beach. Small hotel options can be found in Bettystown Cross and Beabeg Road.

Due to the nature of the rare Laytown Racecourse event, accommodation gets booked up in advance. Racegoers who need to stay overnight are advised to stay in either Drogheda or Dublin and travel to Laytown for the day. Check out these great Laytown hotel deals:

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Betting Shops Local to Laytown Racecourse

There are no permanent betting facilities at Laytown Racecourse as there is no permanent venue, but usually Tote facilities are in place in the corporate hospitality areas and independent bookmakers gather close to the barriers at the track for racegoers to use.

Mobile signal at Laytown Racecourse isn’t the best and there isn’t free WiFi, so any online bets should be made in advance of arriving at the course.

A branch of the independent Offshore Bookmakers can be found in Laytown, with a branch of East Coast Bookmakers just up the coast in Bettystown.

Branches of chain bookmakers including BoyleSports, PaddyPower and Ladbrooks can be found in nearby Drogheda.

Best Laytown Races Betting Sites

At British Racecourses, we often recommend betting online and via 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 with these online bookies:

  • bet365 Horse Racing

    Bet365 Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £50 IN FREE BETS
    Voted the best horse racing website and app by our followers for the past 2 years.

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  • Betfred Horse Racing

    Betfred Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £60 IN BONUSES
    Great bonuses, odds, deals and customer service make them one of the leading horse betting sites year after year.

    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 10 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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  • William Hill Horse Racing

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    BET £10 GET £30 IN FREE BETS
    One of the best horse racing bookies in the UK. William Hill are one of our favourites here at British Racecourses.

    18+. Play Safe. From 00:01 on 18.10.2022. £30 bonus. New customers only. Minimum £10 stake on odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater on sportsbook (excluding Virtual markets). Further terms apply. #ad

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  • Betfair Horse Racing

    Betfair Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £30
    Betfair Sportsbook are one of the biggest and best-betting companies in the world for placing bets online.

    Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.

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  • Spreadex Betting App

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    BET 10 GET 30
    The spread-betting side of things is one of the best on the market and Spreadex should definitely be considered for those looking to dabble on horse racing bets.

    New Customer Offer. T&Cs Apply. 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly.

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  • Paddy Power Horse Racing

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    Paddy Power is one of the best online and high street bookmakers in the UK and Ireland.

    New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Football market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
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  • BoyleSports Horse Racing

    Boyle Sports Horse Racing Logo
    BoyleSports is legitimate market-leading Irish bookmaker with amazing sign up bonuses for new customers.

    New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C’s Apply **18+. UK/IRE customers only. Max refund £/€20. Win or win part of e/w outright singles only. 5 or more runners. 1st bet on each race. Free bet expires after 7 days. Free/void/antepost bets don’t qualify. Unnamed 2nd Favs don’t qualify.

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  • BetUK Horse Racing

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    BET £10 GET £30
    Bet UK is a great sports betting brand with a plethora of online betting markets for hundreds of horse racing events.

    New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry. 18+

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  • 888 Horse Racing

    888 Horse Racing
    Regularly voted one of the UK’s best bookies and betting sites, we love the easy-to-use website, best odds, live streaming and variety of sports offered.

    Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets are credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes are not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days, wins are capped at £/€/$500 • To withdraw bonus/related wins, you must wager the bonus amount up to 40 times its value within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Casino Bonus can be used on selected games in casino only • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods & countries.

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  • Ladbrokes Horse Racing

    Ladbrokes Horse Racing
    Ladbrokes is firmly established as one of the best horse racing betting sites. If you are looking for a new betting platform or betting app, they are a great choice.

    18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions apply.

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  • BetVictor Horse Racing

    Betvictor Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £40
    Punters love the BetVictor betting site rating it one of the top horse racing betting sites for a whole range of reasons, including BOG, live streaming, tips and more.

    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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  • Unibet Horse Racing

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    One of the more new horse racing betting sites UK-wide, Unibet is gathering a lot of new punters and fans, who enjoy its easy-to-use website.

    18+ 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.

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  • Coral Horse Racing

    Coral Horse Racing
    Coral is one of the most established and oldest of all UK bookmakers. They have stood the test of time and are of the best online bookmakers you can choose from.

    18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 1x £20 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions apply. 

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  • Betfair Exchange

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    The Betfair Exchange allows customers to bet against each other rather than betting against a traditional bookmaker. The £50 free bet for exchange punters is a great sign up bonus.

    Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Payment restrictions apply for the promotion.

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  • Mr Play Sport

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    BET £10 GET £15
    Looking for a betting website with a different and modern approach? This leading betting site is gaining fans across the UK, check them out today to find out more.

    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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  • Parimatch Horse Racing

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    BET £10 GET £35
    One of the new horse racing betting sites around, Parimatch is also one of the best online bookies in the UK. Increasingly popular for all sports betting.

    18+ New customers only. Opt in and bet £10 on any Horse Racing market at odds 2.00+ in 7 days. No cash out. Get 6x £5 Horse Racing free bets+ £5 slot bonus, 20x wagering to withdraw max £250. Free bets expire in 24h and bonuses in 7 days. Card payments only. | | Please gamble responsibly.

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  • Grosvenor Horse Racing

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    New in the world of best sporting betting websites, Grosvenor is quickly gaining a good reputation as one of the best online bookies around.

    New Customer Offer. T&Cs Apply. 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly.

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  • Betway Horse Racing

    Betway Sports
    Betway is another one which made the best online bookie list thanks to a range of sports, great odds, customer service and slick betting app interface.

    New customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Debit Card deposits only. Deposit method restrictions apply. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered.18+. Bet The Responsible Way.

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

Laytown 2022 Fixtures

The listed days are the current fixtures in 2022:

  • Thursday 8th September 2022

Laytown Races 2023

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

Date Day Track
12/09/2023 Tuesday Laytown

Find out more information on the Irish horse racing fixtures 2022 calendar.

Laytown Racecard and Laytown Tips

The racecards for the Laytown 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.

Other Events Held in Laytown

For the 364 days that Laytown Racecourse isn’t a racecourse, it’s a beach open to the public. Anyone can rock up and build some sandcastles and paddle along the shore – just show up!

Laytown Weather

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Summary of Laytown Races

Racing at Laytown is totally unique.

Racing on the beach is rare and the town holds this amazing spectacle once a year. The racing is not top quality but the atmosphere is unmatched and it is a totally brilliant experience.

We believe that every horse racing fan should visit Laytown. A must visit!

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