FAQs   (39)

Turnstiles typically open 1 hour 30 mins approx before the First Race.

You can find the times that the Gates Open and the time of the first and last races on the race page on this web site. Click here to see a list of Fixtures and then select the one you are intersted in

We accept Euro Notes in our bars. The current exchange rate will be displayed on the day of the race meeting. Some bookmakers will accept Euros. It is at the discression of independent food outlets whether they do or do not accept Euros.

We do offer discounts for bookings of large groups. Pease call the office to discuss.

Car parking is free at all race meetings.

There are a few options for betting on the Race Day.

There are 2 ways to have a bet when visiting Downpatrick Racecourse. On site we have the opportunity for you to have a bet in house with our Tote facility which can be found in our hospitality areas and bars. Down by the parade ring we have a number of traditional bookmakers all offering their own betting odds.

The Racecard will give you all the necessary information for picking a horse.

When betting, take time to look around at what each bookmaker is offering with regards to odds of each horse in the race. Once you have selected the bookmaker you want, tell him/her clearly the horse and stake you want. Listen to the bookmaker repeat your bet back to you to check you were heard correctly. (The bookmakers area can be rather noisy) You will be given an itemised receipt that shows the details of your bet and winnings due. Check your receipt carefully and speak to the bookmaker if you see any mistakes or have any questions. Look after your receipt as you will need to present it back to the bookmaker should your horse win to collect your money.

Never bin your bookies receipt until after the 'Weighed In' announcement has been made. Even if your horse has not won there may still be the possibility of a Stewards Enquiry which can change the result of the race.

There are two main types of bets; Win or Each Way.
For the Win only stake to pay back for you, the horse you bet on must win the race. An Each Way bet can be considered as two equal bets, one bet for your horse to win and one bet for it to be placed. For example a £10 each way bet will cost you £20. You will see displayed above each bookmakers their terms on which they accept Each Way bets. Don't hesitate to ask the bookmaker any questions you may have.


Students and OAPs can avail of reduced rates on General Admission. These tickets cannot be purchased online and instead please contact the office to book. Proof of Student Status / Age will be required at the turnstiles on the day.

Our facilities are fully wheelchair and disabled accessible. If you require any extra assistance please don't hesitate to contact us.


Hospitality Tickets and Punters Packages MUST be pre booked. General Admission can be purchased online or at the turnstiles on the day.

There is no set dress code but suggestions and tips can be found below.

The quick guide is 'Smart Casual'.
Many of our Race Days have special themes and you may wish to 'Get into the Mood' by dressing to suit the theme - it's entirely up to you.

There is no set dress code at Downpatrick Racecourse. Casual is acceptable to the main enclosure. Smart Causal is advised when visiting the hospitality, corporate and members areas. On our Ladies and feature days, Ladies tend to wear hats and men can be seen in a suit. Racing takes place throughout the winter months and it is strongly advised to wear appropriate attire for the unpredictable weather conditions.

We are sorry but for health and safety reasons, dogs other than guide or hearing dogs (with notice), are not permitted in any area of the Racecourse.

We do have a reserved car park for Blue Badge Holders however this area is operated on a first come first served basis. Due to limited space we encourage patrons to arrive early to avail of this area. 1

As well as our pre booked hospitality packages racegoers can avail of tasty street food from The Hatch (located at the back of the grandstand), traditional meals from Posh Nosh Bistro (located beside the owners lounge) or a light bite from Wrap and Roll (located at the back of the grandstand).

Downpatrick Racecourse is situated one mile away from the centre of the historic town of Downpatrick where the town and surrounding areas has several BnBs. The racecourse is also less than 20 minutes from the scenic town of Newcastle so why not make a weekend and explore County Downs scenery as well as brilliant racing.

There is no ATM on site, however there is a cashback available from the raceday office.