Irish National Stud & Gardens

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Irish National Stud & Gardens

Irish National Stud & Gardens
4.5
Farms • Gardens
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09:00 - 18:00
Monday
09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 18:00
Thursday
09:00 - 18:00
Friday
09:00 - 18:00
Saturday
09:00 - 18:00
Sunday
09:00 - 18:00
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The Irish National Stud combines an active role in the development & promotion of Irish thoroughbred bloodstock & as one of the country's major tourist attractions. Located in the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred county, Co. Kildare, the Irish National Stud & Gardens is one of Ireland’s true treasures. Beginning in the early 1900s, the stud has produced some of the finest racehorses in Europe. It is one of the only thoroughbred breeding farms open to the public & its unique history & beauty are admired by visitors from around the globe. Visitors can view immaculately bred stallions & admire protective mares alongside their frolicking foals. There is also an opportunity to meet retired equine stars like Faugheen & Beef or Salmon on the stud’s ‘Living Legend's’ team. A visit to the stud’s new interactive centre, ‘The Irish Racehorse Experience’ truly brings to life the worlds of these magnificent animals. The grounds are also home to the Japanese Gardens & St Fiachras Garden.
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Giusy C
2 contributions
Jun 2022
Lovely experience. I visited with 4 kids and we all were very happy. Gardens are really well maintained and very easy to explore. We absolutely loved the horses around.
Highly recommended
Written 29 June 2022
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sam b
County Cork, Ireland170 contributions
Jun 2022
Visited recently on a showery day.
Plants are high quality and extremely well maintained,
Lovely buildings.
St Fiachras garden, Japenese Gardens and Garden to son of Japenese designer were calming- well signed and peaceful.
Only issue we had is that we went to visit Horse Exhibition when a shower struck- to be told unless we had tickets we couldn't enter- they couldn't sell us tickets and told us to go back to entrance- 10 minute walk- why didn't the people in the entrance office ask us if we wanted this option or why can't the people in the exhibition area deal with these eventualities- can't see the logic.
Written 25 June 2022
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equus5579
Alton, IL11 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
We spent the afternoon here and it was a lovely experience. Everything is so well kept. The horses are happy and in great order. The grounds are wonderful and the staff is lovely. You can take a free tour or explore on your own. It is a peaceful and relaxing day. It has something for everyone. Grand horses for horse people (like me!). Beautiful flowers and gardens for nature lovers! Play areas for the kids. Food if you are hungry. The Japanese gardens are tranquil and exquisitely beautiful. I highly recommend this trip for anyone. It is a perfect day trip from Dublin and nearby Kildare town and village have a lot to offer as well.
Written 20 June 2022
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rachel t
Tullow, Ireland1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Business
Many thanks to Marguirete who gave a wonderful tour to our English Language Students from KWETB. Her patience and professionalism showed. Our students really enjoyed the experience.
Written 19 June 2022
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M F
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Wonderful experience! Beautiful surroundings and relaxing day. Well worth a visit! Our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. We loved our visit and woud recommend it to anyone.
Written 18 June 2022
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Nessa S
Seaford, UK75 contributions
Jun 2022
Getting to the Irish National Stud on foot is quite a walk from Kildare town, but you pass several interesting features on the way. The Solas Bhrigid Spiritual Centre and the Black Abbey on the way to the National Stud. The staff at the visitor centre and reception were friendly and welcoming. There was the option of joining a 45-minute guide tour, or visitors could explore on their own. I chose to join a tour, and the guide was very knowledgeable. We were given a tour of the stallion stables and met some of the stallions in their paddocks, then walked through St. Fiachra's Garden to see the mares and their foals, and also saw some of the ex-racehorses at liberty in the Living Legends next to the Racehorse Experience centre. Afterwards was the chance to visit the Japanese Garden, which was self-guided. It is a very beautiful garden and is symbolic of life's journey from childhood to old age. The gardens were laid out by Tassa Eida and his son Minoru between 1906 and 1910. They are a treat for the eye.
Written 12 June 2022
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Ginny Bass C
Oklahoma22 contributions
Jun 2022
A day before departing for Ireland I learned of the Irish National Stud and Gardens. Friends said it was a must see. Booking tickets was easy and we were set to visit on our drive from Dublin to Kinsale.

Throughout Ireland, the people were easy going, friendly and most helpful. The Irish National Stud Farm and Japanese Gardens were no exception. Our tour guide knew his stuff. His knowledge was more than book learning - he'd grown up around horses, was studying to become a lawyer, and wanted one day to have ownership in a stud horse.

The setting is gorgeous. The history wrought with twists, turns and quirky facts. Stories were plentiful, as were the foals to pet and observe their beautiful and gangly bodies in the field.

Strolling through the gardens was peaceful and a treat for the senses.

So glad we made the time and effort to enjoy this national treasure.
Written 12 June 2022
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Patricia & Ricardo
Ireland5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Lovely surroundings and ambiance. Fairy trail was nice to follow. Gardens are overall very well cared for and the stud and the Japanese gardens are well maintained and clean.
We always come here to bring family and friends.
Written 9 June 2022
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Paula C B
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
We had a fabulous time loved the fact that there were lots of picnic benches
My mam is 81 but found the walking a bit difficult
Perhaps if you had a golf buggy it would be great then I could have drove her around
Maybe something to think about
We had a beautiful lunch in Natalie’s restaurant
We purchased at your gift store
Even had gorgeous icecream on the way out
Thank you for an amazing day

The one thing that did bother me was dog poo
People bringing dogs and not cleaning up even on the pathway to the car park
Written 9 June 2022
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Grace G
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Fantastic place plenty of fresh air, plenty of room for kids to run around. The horses and foals were absolutely amazing so friendly.
Written 8 June 2022
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