Be it a casino or a racecourse, the Emerald Isle is more than a match for you punting. Here we list the five most iconic places for a bet in Ireland.
Betting is a popular hobby across the Emerald Isle as it is around the world, and luckily, we have the infrastructure and events to cater for the demand that people crave.
A bet often adds that missing excitement or buzz at a sporting event, while the luck of the Irish truly shines through when the risk-takers take to the floor at some of the country’s top casinos.
And so, if you’re a punter and enjoy putting a few quid on the horses, dogs or casinos, why not visit any one of these five iconic places for a bet in Ireland? Check them all out below.
5. Down Royal Racecourse, Co. Down – for a memorable day out
Kicking off our list of the most iconic places for a bet in Ireland is the Down Royal Racecourse, which is located just outside of Lisburn and is not far from the city of Belfast.
The venue is host to around twelve events every year, and if you are seeking a journey to the Racecourse from Belfast, a bus leaves from the Europa Hotel on Donegall Square to bring you there.
For the best day out, make sure to attend the popular Specsavers Ulster Derby during the three-day Summer Festival of Racing.
Men and women of all ages come in their best attire for this festival, accompanied by their friends, drinks, pints and pubs, and, if the sun is out, it is sure to make for a memorable day of betting.
Address: Gravelhill Rd, Lisburn BT27 5RW
4. The Sporting Emporium, Dublin – state of the art city casino
Away from the buzz of the outdoors and in to the thrill of the indoors is the Sporting Emporium Casino, which can be found just off the famous Grafton Street in Dublin’s city centre and is one of the most iconic places for a bet in Ireland.
Following the closure of the famous Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club last year, the Sporting Emporium is now regarded as the capital’s premier casino with its vibrant culture and engaging atmosphere.
With the largest gaming floors in Ireland accompanied by free drinks, you’d be forgiven for seeking to visit the casino. New customers must pay €25 before entering, but will get €30 worth of bets in return.
Elsewhere, the 7Sultans Casino is an alternative place for you to gamble online without having to go to a casino, who currently have an exclusive offer of up to a £500 bonus for new customers.
Address: 5 Anne’s Ln, Anne St S, Dublin 2, D02 AK30, Ireland
3. Dundalk Stadium, Co. Louth – a bet for all weathers
“Bet on the Best Night Out”, says the Dundalk Stadium’s own website, and we certainly believe you’ll echo their proclamation after you partake at a night-out in the County Louth location.
The stadium includes an all-weather horse track and consists of a dual racecourse, one of its most unique features which make it one of the most iconic places in Ireland for a bet.
For those of you who indulge in a weekend punt, why not visit the Stadium on a Friday or Saturday night, where exciting greyhound races take place?
Despite the sore neck you may have trying to keep pace with the lightning shifts of the greyhounds, we recommend you refuel in the restaurant for a delicious meal that combines Irish produce and global flavours.
Address: Racecourse Rd, Dowdallshill, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 FFP3, Ireland
2. Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare – for the prestigious Irish Classics
One of the most iconic places for a bet in Ireland is the Curragh Racecourse in County Kildare, readily accessible from Dublin with its convenient location making it a mere 40-minute drive from the capital.
If you’re coming to punt on the horses here, then you are betting on some of the most elite races in Ireland, for ‘The Curragh’ hosts all four Irish classics; the Irish Derby, Irish Oaks, Irish 2000 Guineas and the Irish 1000 Guineas.
In what is dubbed the most prestigious flat racecourse on the Emerald Isle, three-year-old thoroughbreds from all over Europe pull up to Newbridge to compete for top spot.
It is no surprise that the Curragh is regarded as one of the country’s best racecourses, and this is embedded in the name, as the word ‘Curragh’ derives from “Cuirreach” which means “place of the running horse”.
Address: Newbridge, Co. Kildare, R56 RR67, Ireland
1. The Laytown Races, Co. Meath – the most iconic place in Ireland for a bet
While it’s no easy decision, the Laytown Race Course in County Meath provides the most iconic place to bet in Ireland, thank to the quality of its races and the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.
The Laytown Race Course takes place on the Laytown beach on Ireland’s east coast, and is unique in Ireland as it is the only race event run on a beach under the Rules of Racing.
Races have taken place near the Irish Sea here since 1868. However, they are now limited to one per year each September, so we recommend that you plan accordingly.
The straight racecourse is a full seven-furlong distance where the best jockeys and trainers in the country compete under the watchful eyes of the punters who are placed on an elevated field above the strand.
Address: Strand Rd, Ninch, Laytown, Co. Meath, Ireland