Listowel is around twenty five kilometres north east of Tralee, and eighty kilometres south west of Limerick. The town is home to a population of approximately four thousand, and it is both a literary and golfing centre.
The first racecourse in the Listowel area was at Ballyeagh, near Ballybunion, but this site had to be abandoned due to factional fighting.
The current Listowel racecourse first opened in 1858. In its early years, Listowel staged a two day annual fixture, which was referred to as The North Kerry Hunt Steeplechase Meeting. Coinciding with the ecclesiastical harvest festival, the meeting was soon attracting the local farming community, and the horse racing soon became a part of the harvest festival celebrations.
Over the years, the early autumn Listowel Festival has grown to a full seven consecutive days of horse racing, and it now ranks second to the Galway Festival in terms of popularity and attendances.
As part of its annual programme of nine days of racing, Listowel backs up its seven festival days with a two day meeting in June.
Major Listowel races include, the Carlsberg Chase, Lartigue Hurdle, and Guinness Kerry National.
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Listowel stages both flat and national hunt racing.
The course is relatively flat, and is run left handed over a rectangular shaped circuit measuring just over a mile in circumference. The run in from the end of the home turn to the winning post is a straight two furlongs.
On the flat course, the tight nature of the track, and the sharp bends, suit horses who front run, or can stay close to the pace.
The hurdles course has five flights.
The steeplechase course has six fences.
Enclosures and hospitality:
The listings below do not include the facilities available to Annual Members, Owners and Trainers, and Corporate Guests. These can be obtained by contacting the racecourse.
Reserved Grandstand Ticket.
Reserved seating can be booked in advance, or subject to daily availability, race goers can pay an on course supplement to obtain a reserved seat in the grandstands. These seats give the best views of the racing action. Ticket holders also have access to all the public areas of the racecourse.
The Dining Room is located on the upper floor of the Hannon Grandstand. Tables can be booked for the whole day, and offer fine dining, good service, and great views of the racecourse.
Grandstand and Paddock Ticket.
There is access to the unreserved sections of the grandstand, the parade ring, and unsaddling area.
This area has a self service restaurant, snack bars, fast food outlets, and numerous bars.
For a better view of the field see the range of Binoculars at our Amazon shop:
There are two designated wheelchair viewing terraces in the grandstand areas.
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Listowel is located on the N69 Limerick to Tralee road.
There is free car parking at the racecourse. Alternatively, the racecourse is a short walk from the main car parks in Listowel town.
Regular train services run to Limerick and Tralee from Dublin Heuston railway station. On Listowel race days, there are connecting bus services, see below.
On race days, train travellers alighting at Tralee and Limerick can reach Listowel racecourse aboard shuttle buses operating from those stations. Return buses are available after racing.
For full details on local bus services, call Bus Eireann at Tralee bus station, telephone number: 066 716 4700.
Kerry Farranfore airport is located fifty six kilometres from the racecourse at Listowel. The airport has connections to Dublin, London Luton, London Stanstead, and Manchester.
Taxi, and car hire facilities are available at the airport.
Subject to advance arrangement with the racecourse management, helicopters may land on Listowel racecourse.
Address: Listowel Racecourse, Listowel, County Kerry.
Eire tel no: 068 21 144.
From UK, tel no: 00353 68 21 144.
Fax No: Same as telephone number.
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Carlton Hotel Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Eire tel no: 066 7199 100
From UK, tel no: 00353 66 7199 100
Home to the famous Rose of Tralee International Festival, the Carlton Hotel is Tralee's newest & largest 4* hotel, and is the natural choice for race-goers seeking luxury accommodation during their attendance at the race fixtures at nearby Listowel.
The Carlton Hotel offers 138 superior rooms, 18 executive rooms, and 9 specially adapted guest rooms – the latter 9 rooms being for guests with low mobility requirements. All of the hotel’s guest rooms are superbly appointed with crafted walnut wood furniture, warm, inviting fabrics, and plush bedding. Each room also incorporates marble en suite facilities, air conditioning, remote controlled flat screen LCD television, broadband internet access, refrigerator, and the standard room amenities discerning guests expect in a superior hotel. Many of the rooms offer superb views of the surrounding Kerry countryside, and for an even more luxurious stay, guests can enquire about our Executive rooms with their more generous accommodation.
Food is our passion at Morels Restaurant. Breakfast and dinner menus feature the best of locally sourced produce, seasonally selected, cooked to perfection, and artistically presented by our talented chefs. This combination ensures your thankful taste buds are the gleeful recipients of our passion. The dinner menu is also complimented by an extensive wine list, and a fine choice of liquors. For something a little less formal, Clarets Bar offers a great choice of delicious snacks and dishes. It is also the ideal place to meet and chat, either al fresco on the terrace in the warmer weather, or on a comfy sofa in front of the fire when the weather is less clement. Meanwhile, guests wishing to relax in their room have access to our comprehensive 24 hour room service menu.
The Spirit Health and Leisure Suite offers a state of the art gymnasium with fully trained fitness instructors, and after a solid work out, you can unwind on a heated thermal lounger, or the sauna or steam room.
For further details on the Carlton Hotel Tralee, or to book directly, use the link below.
Ballygarry House Hotel and spa
Eire tel no: 066 712 33 22.
From UK, tel no: 00353 66 712 33 22.
With easy access to the N69 or the race day shuttle buses operating from Tralee railway station, the 4 Star Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa Tralee forms the perfect retreat for discerning race-goers attending Listowel races.
An elegant country retreat in six acres of private gardens, Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa offers its guests, style, grace, and meticulous service. The hotel’s 64 spacious en suite guest rooms are designed to the highest possible standards, and combine warm colours and antique fittings with the modern room amenities expected in a country house property. The hotel can also offer Junior Suites and Master Suites all with spectacular views of the Kerrry Mountains.
Guests can relax with a coffee in the drawing room, or read a book in the library, and when it comes to meal times, the hotel has plenty of options. The evening menu served in Brooks provides a selection of high quality meals created from the freshest of local ingredients, and of course, our wine cellar offers a superb selection of fine wines suitable to every palate. Lunch is served in the Leebrook Lounge. While in the warmer months, al fresco dining is available in the Courtyard. For guests who prefer to relax in their room, the hotel also offers an excellent room service menu.
The Nadur* Spa, (* Irish for ‘nature’), uses the skill of its professional staff to administer a range of organic products in comfortable and relaxing surroundings.
For full details on the facilities of the Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa, or to book directly, use the link below.