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This 7 day racing festival attracts over 250,000 people to Galway racecourse throughout the week. The adrenalin pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and stunning fashion are certainly not to be missed.

About the hotel

Only a furlong from the racecourse, Clayton Hotel Galway is the closest hotel to Ballybrit Race course. With 195 luxurious bedrooms, and only a short stroll from the racecourse enjoy a sensational programme of events and entertainment throughout the 7 days of the festival.

Lively musical entertainment and an electric atmosphere ensures that Clayton Hotel Galway is the only place to stay or visit this summer. Enjoy festival music provided by firm races favourites Sean Slattery & the Connections, the Amazing Apples, Oddity and many more. A full programme of race week entertainment will be available soon.

Race programme

With 52 races over 7 days, the total prize money on offer this year at the races is in excess of €1.8 million. The Blue Riband race is the famous Galway Plate which takes place on Wednesday. This race will attract by far the most media attention. Following on from the races, avail of the complimentary shuttle bus back to the hotel where race goers will enjoy an outdoor broadcast with iRadio, followed by a night of fun with the Amazing Apples and Oddity rocking the ballroom.

Ladies Day

Galway Festival Ladies Day is on the fourth day of the Festival and is one of the most colourful with the Guinness Hurdle Handicap Hurdle being the feature race on this day. The hotel also hosts its own best dressed male and female competition on Thursday evening.

Friday is a more relaxed affair with the Guinness Handicap being the feature race on the day. Friday’s fair lady also attracts a number of female punters with an eye on capturing the elusive stylish prize.

Family day at the Races

For a day out for the entire family, Saturday is the day not to be missed. The Mad Hatters Competition features on this day and all the family is encouraged to get involved in what promises to be a great day’s entertainment for young and old.

The luxurious four star Clayton Hotel Galway is the ideal base to experience all of the thrills, fashions and fun that the Galway Races have to offer.

In addition to this the hotel boast the comfiest beds in Ireland, delectable dining options, five lively bars and a complimentary shuttle bus to and from the racecourse throughout the week. For something a little bit different, why not enjoy one of the Pre Racing packages which are available throughout the races. Alternatively, avail of a daily à la carte menu in the Tribes Restaurant, or a quick bite in the infamous outdoor eatery, the Hungry Horsebox.

The team at Clayton Hotel Galway look forward to welcoming race goers through its doors for the 2017 Galway Racing Festival. A full programme of entertainment will be available to download shortly.


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