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Sitting on 420 acres along the banks of the Boyne River, the Lands at Dowth host a wealth of Neolithic and medieval archaeology. It is part of the Brú na Bóinne Unesco World Heritage Site.
Acquired by the Brennan Family in 2013, the Lands and Dowth Hall are currently undergoing restoration work. Since 2016, the Lands have been opened to the public on numerous occasions including Family Fun Days which saw over 1,200 people walk a trail discovering the Lands archaeology and architecture and learned how food and farming have influenced the landscape over the past 6,000 years.
Dowth Hall hosted racing as early as the 1700’s. Reinstating this proud tradition in 2015, Devenish took the opportunity to partner with the Meath & Tara Committee to host the Autumn Point-to-Point at Dowth. It was a special occasion for all concerned, and the first time that Dowth had been open to the public in many years. The return of racing to the ‘Old Racecourse’ restores the sporting heritage as part of the wider estate restoration project.
Dowth has always had a strong connection with racing, and was first owned by the Netterville family designed the Racecourse in the 1700’s. It was later sold to the Gradwell family who bred the horse ‘Drogheda’, winner of the 1898 Aintree Grand National. More recently the Cameron Family owned Dowth. Tony Cameron, who was an accomplished jockey and equestrian, competed at two Olympics in Three Day Eventing, Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964. Perhaps his greatest achievement in the saddle was finishing 4th on Gay Navaree in the 1962 Aintree Grand National. We were delighted that Tony has returned as acting steward at Dowth Point-to-Point.
Come racing this October 28th and be part of the story of Dowth.
Dowth Hall Point-to-Point Races
How To Get There
Take N51 Drogheda Road
After 5km turn right at Smiths Shop
After 1.7km turn right signposted Dowth (L1607)
After 2km Dowth Hall is on the right.
From Drogheda / M1:
Leave M1 at Junction 10
Follow signposts for N51 Slane / Navan
After 2.5km turn left signposted Dowth (L1607)
After 2.5km Dowth Hall entrance is on the left.
Dowth Hall point-to-point is located just 30-minutes from Dublin Airport which offers connections across Europe and further afield.
Did You Know?
“Over 1,200 races on the track in Ireland & Britain were won by horses who had started their careers in an Irish Point-to-Point”.
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There will be so much to see and experience at Dowth this October 28th, enjoy thrilling racing, gourmet food, free family fun, shopping and country fair exhibits.
Last years event saw over 5,000 local visitors flock to Dowth. With over 7,000 expected this year. Be part of this unique celebration of the best of country life and hospitality. So whether you have four legs or two, trot along to Dowth this October bank holiday weekend for more entertainment than you can shake your tail at.With 6 Point-to-Point races over 3 miles and fences on the card including this year’s inaugural Dowth Anglo-Irish P2P Challenge and two exciting pony club races to sign off the day after the last race, experience the excitement on and off the track.
At Dowth Hall point-to-point, you will have a huge choice of food options, both within the Food Fair and from the on-side food vendors.
An epicurean delight; the Artisan Food Market will showcase delicious local produce. There will be over 25 artisan producers where you can taste and purchase delicious award-winning artisan foods, craft beers, cider, whiskey and gin from local distilleries.
Eat on the Day
Enjoy food-on-the-hoof al fresco or seated in public marque with a wide variety of food vendors and barista coffee bars onsite. Indulge your tastebuds with choice of oriental cuisine, gourmet burgers, wood-fired pizzas, chicken from the Wing Bar, savoury quiches, succulent hog roasts or artisan sandwiches before indulging in sweet treats and barista prepared coffees.
We will have two bars - serving everything from craft beers, hot whiskeys and cocktails & all your usual favourites along-side fresh barista coffee bars to keep your caffeine levels topped up.
Within our food fair you will also be able to sample and purchase craft beers, cider, whiskey and gin from local distilleries.
The Shopping Tent will feature a range of interesting stalls to peruse including equestrian art & photography, fashion, interiors, jewellery, children's clothing and gift-wear, hand-weavers, ceramics, gifts, hand carved walking sticks, equestrian equipment, pet-fashion and home-made crafts, all to be explored at your leisure.
County Fair Exhibits
Country fair exhibitors will include the Maperath Mobile Farm, Newgrange Falconry display and a wide range of exhibitions and demonstrations, including The Royal Meath Bee Keepers, The Deer Society,Fly-Tiers as well as Gun Dog demos.
Farm Africa Kids Zone
Bring the smallies along for some good old-fashioned fun in the Farm Africa Kids Zone where there will be arrange of activities for the kids (and seats for the parents to rest!). Highlights include bouncy castles, puppet shows, magic shows, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, outdoor games, pony rides and face-painting.