Laytown Racecourse Guide

Racing at Laytown County Meath is one of the most memorable experiences you will find in terms of racecourses. Situated on the local beach, it takes place just once annually and attracts a huge crowd of patrons from all around the world. It is the only racing event you will find that is located on a beach.

Once the tide goes out in the morning, organisers lay out a track for races between 6f and 1m. A temporary tent village of weigh room, jockeys room, bars, and restaurants are erected, and racing gets underway early in the afternoon.

There are regular trains from Dublin and Drogheda to Laytown station, and there is a free shuttle bus from the station to the course, or it is just a 10-minute walk to the beach. Matthews Coaches depart from Dublin, Parnell Street at 1pm sharp to Laytown and they return to Dublin at 5:40pm on the day of racing.


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Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for the course are: Adults €10, OAP / Student €6 and Children under the age of 14 are free.

The Course

A straight course of 1m, Laytown is run on a tidal beach, which tends to ride very firm, so any horse who enjoys fast ground always goes well here. It features some very unique rules, as all starts are conducted by flag because of the entirely sand based conditions. Headgear is also banned from horses because of the nature of the track.

Whilst previously the races included lengths of up 2-miles, an accident that occurred in 1994 inspired changes to how the course was set up and run, limiting it to participants who are more experienced and also greatly reducing the length and shape of the course to make it safer for everyone involved.

Major Meetings at Laytown

Laytown has only one meeting every year on the 13th of September.

Dining and Hospitality

There are endless amounts of stall, tents and restaurants and bars pitched along the beach and in Laytown itself, which will cater to the culinary needs of anyone attending the races.

There are currently no hospitality packages available due to the unique nature and location of the track.