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#6 of 15 things to do in Loughrea Features Animals
Kilreekle, Loughrea, Ireland
+353 91 843 968
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Great horseback riding

I've been there 35 times and I love it. The horses are so sure footed jump everything and Willie... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2017
Cologne, Germany
Riding in Ireland

This was a return visit for me in order to ride again with Willie Leahy, owner of Dartfield, an... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2016
Maidens, Virginia
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Dartfield is located just off the M6 Dublin - Galway and offers horse riding for all levels of ability. Whether it is your first time on a horse/pony or you want to improve your skills as an experienced rider, we will look after you. You can challenge yourself in our Cross-Country Course or just relax on a trek through our forest and farmland. Tuition for Dressage and Jumping and preparation for Shows in our Sand arena are also available. Pre-booking needed for riding. Come and relax in our cafe and browse our Tack/Gift Shop. Non riders can try themselves in Clay Pigeon shooting or Archery (pre booked).You can also visit the only museum in Ireland dedicated to the Connemara Pony and Irish Horse.Discover how the Connemara Pony and Irish Horse played an integral role in Ireland's culture throughout time. See old farming methods and how live was in old cottages back in those times and how to endure the famine. Since last year Master Blacksmith, Stephen Quinn, has his modern and fully functional workshop set up here at Dartfield. You can watch him working and learn about his craftmenship. For groups we can also arrange presentations from Dave O'Reilly presenting the Irish Chariot live and David Swift who brings the Medieval times, Tudor times as well as the 1916 Independence War back to life. Contact us to make an arrangement.
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Kilreekle, Loughrea, Ireland
+353 91 843 968
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

I've been there 35 times and I love it. The horses are so sure footed jump everything and Willie Leahy is a real irish horseman who is the owner of this wonderful place and the biggest connemara breeder in the world. Also horse hire for...More

Thank Zakspeedy
Reviewed 30 November 2016

This was a return visit for me in order to ride again with Willie Leahy, owner of Dartfield, an equestrian center which provides cross country riding/jumping and fox hunting opportunities. Willy is a horseman extraordinaire! He and his staff were very accommodating and the horses...More

Thank JHPoskey
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Great horseriding - lovely horses, handy location, friendly staff and the museum is worth a look. Nice choice of fences for those to want to jump.

Thank MeFein_Dub
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This vacay of a lifetime was incredible-- riding in a fox hunt, riding 6 hours a day, jumping cross country every day--all different jumps on all different horses. Not for the inexperienced but the funnest thing you'll EVER DO if you ARE experienced. The museum...More

Thank Sunshine S
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Went here because my husband is into horses and blacksmiting. It was a nice visit. The museum is a bit run down but was interesting none the less. We didn't go horse riding so i'm sure that would have made it more intriguing. A little...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 31 August 2016

have about this places years ago that its worth a trip to. 5 euros entance fee was reasonable for what we saw. the museum was interesting but needs a revamp to bring it up to 2016 family standards. something was needed to keep children interested....More

Thank vincent555
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We visited the museum as a group from a special school. All of the students enjoyed it as well as the adults. It was very reasonably priced and the staff especially Andrea were so accommodating regarding special dietary requirements and were well prepared for our...More

Thank aoifkxox
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This place left me shocked and embarrassed for those running it. It holds little resemblance in reality to what is depicted in their promotional material. Go see for yourself. Plastic dogs await you at the door. Museum exhibits are broken, covered in dust, cobwebs and...More

Thank Betty B
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately not the best day out.we met a very nice blacksmith but other then that very disapointing .Such an amazing building and great potential .Hate giving a bad review but think if the management walk around it they will se very clearly what needs to...More

Thank Sinead M
Reviewed 11 November 2015

My husband ( a real horse enthusiast and owner) has travelled twice to Ireland from Canada ...last time with my daughter............to ride at Dartfield. Both times for a full week. I came along as a tourist this time but can see why they both rave...More

Thank CanadianTraveller_8
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15 February 2017|
Response from JHPoskey | Reviewed this property |
I really do not know as I got a group rate.