Home of the Irish Grand National, Fairyhouse is situated in Co. Meath. Accessible by road and on major racedays by bus.
Ratoath is the closet village and has a couple of good bars there, if you want to pre or post racing drinking, or both. A bit further afield Ashbourne and Dunshaughlin both have bars aplenty, with Ashbourne having a couple of hotels, if you’re planning a bit of a trip.
Facilitates both flat and jump racing. The feature meeting of course being the Irish Grand National meeting at Easter and also the Grade One Royal Bond meeting end November/early December.
For those of a claustrophobic nature, the Grand National day is probably not the greatest idea. Fairyhouse is fairly light on facilities for a day like this. I would strongly advise booking hospitality well in advance for such an event.
If you’re local and wish to support both Fairyhouse and Navan, there is a combined annual membership, which gives you access to the members lounge, which should be a far more enjoyable experience, particularly at Fairyhouse.
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