Tramore Racecourse Guide

Located 12km west of Waterford city, Tramore Racecourse was opened in 1912 and racing has gone from strength to strength in the area since then. Patrons of the track are treated to panoramic views of the Tramore strand and it provides the perfect backdrop to a summer evening race.

Waterford itself is best known outside of Ireland for its crystal and the brand is very supportive of racing at the venue. With its headquarters and main plants based in Waterford city, Tramore attracts many tourists who are attending their first ever Irish race meeting and this makes for a metropolitan crowd and fantastic atmosphere.

The Tramore Racecourse is nearest to the Plunkett Station, which is in nearby Waterford. There’s then a bus you can get from Waterford to the race track every thirty minutes. If you’re travelling by air, Waterford Airport will be your nearest, which is about 10 kilometres from the racecourse.


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Ticket Prices

General Admission prices are Adults €15, OAPs / Students €10, with Children under the age of 16 getting in for Free.

The Course

One of the trickiest tracks in Ireland, Tramore is an undulating right handed square that is only just over 7 furlongs in length. You spend about half of this distance climbing from the winning post to halfway down the back straight where you meet a sharp downhill run until the 1 furlong home straight which is again on the incline. The turns here are the sharpest in the country and can catch many horses and riders out each meeting.

There are five fences to the chase course with two on the hill down the back followed by one on both the sides and one in the short home straight followed by a run in of just 160 yards. Despite the amount of climbing done on the course, it still tends to favour those ridden to the front or just off the pace due to the sharp nature of the turns.

Tramore is definitely a specialist flat track that requires a lot of balance and plenty of speed for horses to act round it. They also only operate flag starts at Tramore so that can be another issue for horses who are not used to this procedure. It is definitely one for course specialists and unless the ground is quite soft, you will not see another coming from the back of the pack to take a race.

Major Meetings at Tramore

Tramore has 11 fixtures each year with the busiest being the August Festival, which runs for over four days each year, along with the New Year’s Day meeting featuring the Listed Holden Plant Rentals chase.

Dining and Hospitality

Some of the best deals that are available at Tramore year round include:

  • Deise Deal: For 10+ people and for only €19.95 per person, this deal includes admission to the races, a race card, a €5 drink voucher, and a €5 Tote betting voucher.
  • Surf & Turf: Again, for 10+ people, but for €25 per person, each person will get their admission to the races, a race card, a €5 drink voucher, as well as their choice of fish & chips or a burger & chips from the Surf & Turf Takeaway.

The above surf and turf takeaway, along with their Bistro menu, is available to all patrons each race day. This is accompanied by a number of different bars and lounges dotted around the track.