What can you expect from visiting Galway Races festival?

Galway races Summer Festival is taking place form 31st of July until 6th of August this year, and, as every year, it is promising to be even bigger and better! Before anything else, make sure you have a bed to sleep in! Call us directly in Barnacles Galway  on +353 91 568644  for availability and booking requests.  This is the busiest week in Galway and you don’t want to end up with no place stay! If this is your first time coming to Galway for the races, read on! 

What are the Galway Races all about?

Think of races festival as the week long visit to amusement park, where attractions are betting, horses, hats and beer.  Hopefully, you will get to enjoy these attractions during sunny days, but keep in mind that summer doesn’t necessarily appear in Ireland.  Still, we promise the week is very fun! 

Ladies Day?

Thursday is traditionally Ladies Day, which is visually one of the most impressive Festival events with the opportunity tho show off your style while socializing. There are prizes of course, you could be voted a winner in the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Competition and Best Hat Competition! This is also Guinness Hurdle day so there will be plenty of action on the race track as well! 

Friday racing?

With seven very competitive races on the card, Friday is always a hugely popular evening race meeting, and a great way to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend.  Friday also plays host to the elegant and stylish ‘Friday’s Fair Lady Competition’. So put on your best outfit and head out early to the racecourse! 


It wouldn’t be racing festival without betting! Follow Paddy Power for special deals on online bets and chat with locals for tips! Not sure how to bet? This article explains is well. If in doubt, go with Each Way Bet on XXXX horse (replacing XXXX with funniest name you can find for the race)

Famous people?

Yes, you are likely to rub shoulders with the social crème of Ireland. There is no telling who you will run into, but keep a lookout for our Rugby lads, top models or even president. 

Mad Hatters?

Saturday and Sunday are family days, when children are admitted for free, with loads of kids entertainment (bouncy castles, playgrounds etc). There is also Mad Hatters Competition, awarding funniest, most colourful and creative hats! Feeling crafty? This is the competition to enter! 

Any parties off course?

OMG! Yes! Entire Galway will be a big party! Expect awesome street fun outside our door on the Quay Street in the Latin Quarter, great pubs bursting with music and laughter and more! Galway is lively place on most of the days, but it is really seriously awesome during Galway Races!

So… ready to have fun? First things first everyone – get your accommodation in Galway sorted! There won’t be beds free when you get here 🙂 Call us in Galway on +353 91 568644