Down Royal Racecourse has brought the "Sport of Kings" to generations of people in Ulster since the 17th Century
Racing has been taking place on the current course, at Maze near Lisburn, since, the early 18th Century on land donated by Arthur Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, but the history of Down Royal goes further back to 1685 when King James II issued a Royal Charter and formed the Down Royal Corporation of Horse Breeders. In 1750 King George II donated £100 to run King’s Plate and to the present day a race named Her Majestys Plate is run in July over 1 mile 5 furlongs with the prize money contributed to by the Privy Purse.
Coordinates: 54.491°N 6.120°W Down Royal is a horse racing venue near Lisburn in Northern Ireland. The most valuable race run there is the JNwine.com Champion Chase, run at the Northern Ireland Festival of racing in November. The most valuable flat race to be run there annually is the Ulster Derby.
Although actually in the United Kingdom, racing at Down Royal comes under the authority of Horse Racing Ireland as horse-racing in the British Isles is divided on a Great Britain / All-Ireland basis.
Course details: Right-handed, flat, galloping circuit of one mile seven furlongs.
GETTING THERE, DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:
Car: There is free car parking available to everyone attending Down Royal. All car parks are within a 5 minute walk of the turnstiles. Our postcode is BT27 5RW for Sat Nav and full directions can be found at www.downroyal.com
Bus: There is a return bus which leaves Donegal Square West one hour before the scheduled first race at Down Royal on racedays. The bus will return approximately one hour after the scheduled last race at Down Royal on the dates above. The bus can be booked at www.downroyal.com. For further information on the bus service please contact Belfast Bus Company on 028 90742444.
Taxi: For anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the races without driving, a taxi service is provided by Valuecabs. The taxi rank operates from the front of the turnstile building throughout the day and after racing. A taxi from Belfast City Centre is approximately £25 and takes around 25 minutes to reach the course.
EAT DRINK SLEEP
PLACES TO STAY NEARBY:
Premier Inn Lisburn (3.5 miles)
136-144 Hillsborough Rd, Lisburn BT27 5QY
Tel: 0871 527 8606
Europa Hotel (10.5 miles)
Great Victoria St., Belfast BT2 7AP, Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 9027 1066
Gowdys of Down Royal (0.1 miles)
Maze 60 Gravelhill Road, Lisburn BT27 5RW, Northern Ireland
Tel: +44 28 9262 2147
The Speckled Hen (6.1 miles)
47 Derriaghy Road, Lisburn BT28 3SH, Northern Ireland
Tel: +44 28 9061 1113