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Irish National Stud & Gardens

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We visited on a lovely sunny day in August. The gardens are very well stocked with oriental plants... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Q5243ZVericb
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It was a last minute decision to visit the stud. It was late afternoon by the time we arrived so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BronF4
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The Irish National Stud & Gardens is temporarily closed to the public for the Winter and will re-open on February 11th 2019. This state-owned commercial stud farm also incorporates the world famous Japanese Gardens and wild Irish St Fiachra's Garden...more
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All reviews japanese garden guided tour beautiful grounds beautiful place to visit interesting place well worth the visit lovely walk nice cafe face painting sunny day cakes on site great family day great visit lovely place coffee shop kildare town
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited on a lovely sunny day in August. The gardens are very well stocked with oriental plants and walkways with a beautiful bridge. After this we walked all around the extensive grounds which are well pathed and signposted. To see everything, including stables etc...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a last minute decision to visit the stud. It was late afternoon by the time we arrived so missed out on a guided tour but thoroughly enjoyed walking around the grounds and gardens and really glad we made the effort to see it....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DavidWardellINS, Manager at Irish National Stud & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for you lovely comments. We are looking forward to opening up again on Monday 11th February Last night we had the first baby foal born whose daddy was the great 'Sea The Stars'. We expect to deliver around 260 before the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grounds are beautiful, and you could spend hours just walking around the Stud Grounds and St. Fiachra Garden before you go to Japanese Gardens. I look forward to returning in the Spring with my grandchildren. The new Foals will be arriving as will the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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DavidWardellINS, Manager at Irish National Stud & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely comments. We will be opening to the public again on February 11th by which time the first of the foals will be around. We are expecting around 260 in the foaling unit before the end of May so a busy...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go here on a sunny spring or summers day and you won't be disappointed. Smashing walks through the stud farm itself with the best racing horses grazing or leaping on either side. Get in touch with your inner self by taking a stroll through the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Even if you're not a horse person, this is a different and interesting place to visit. A tour guide walks you around and talks to you about the horses, the processes, etc. Not your ordinary tourist activity. The cafe was very good for lunch. There's...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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DavidWardellINS, Manager at Irish National Stud & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are closed for the 'off season' and look forward to opening again in mid February for the foaling season. We expect around 260 babies to foal this year on the farm and they will be out...More

Reviewed 9 December 2018

We were so pleased with the grounds, the exquisite horses, and the beautiful gardens. There are two! The Japanese gardens are very nice, and about what you would expect. What I didn't expect was the second garden, St Fiachra's Garden, which is larger than the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DavidWardellINS, Manager at Irish National Stud & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

You are so kind. We are closed for the winter until re opening in mid February for the foaling season where 260 baby foals are due to foal before the end on May!

Reviewed 21 November 2018

Horses and Gardens are everywhere here! The guides are very helpful and give out lots of information about the site history, the horses and their racing, their stud duties, and their retirements. We saw lots of horses in the field, grazing and very interested in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DavidWardellINS, Manager at Irish National Stud & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2018

Thank you for your lovely review. We are closed now until mid February when the foaling season gets busy and the Gardens come back to life. We hope to foal around 260 babies before the end of May so spring time is a fabulous time...More

Reviewed 6 November 2018

We stopped here as it was on our way back to Dublin and we love horses. There is a large parking area a short walk from the visitors center/gift shop/cafeteria. I believe we paid 9.5 euro each for the senior rate and we took a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

Our guide led our group around the grounds, providing information about various stops along the way. Some of the world’s best stallions and race horses are found here. They are bred with mares from around the world. This service is a lucrative part of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Good day out. Both Japanese and Irish gardens. Tour of stud very informative. Went on a cold November day, but still good. Would be brilliant on a nice summer day.

Date of experience: November 2018
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BairbreU2
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Response from 455SueH | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty for kids - check the website but over the summer (July & August) on I think Tuesdays and Sundays they have extra activities such as pony rides and face painting in addition to the playground etc.
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27 June 2018|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
it's a lovely walk, 2.1 kilometers or about 1.3 miles
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16 June 2018|
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Response from DavidWardellINS | Property representative |
Hi, The easiest way to get to us is either by train and there is a free shuttle service from Kildare Station that also includes The Kildare Village shopping outlet. There is also many buses to The Kildare Village and one... More
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