Irish National Stud & Gardens

Irish National Stud & Gardens

Irish National Stud & Gardens
4.5
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
About
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 Hurricane Fly, Faugheen & Beef or Salmon. 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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  • S N
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely family day out at the kildare stud farm
    Excellent day out. We really enjoyed the stud farm and especially the horse riding experience. We got to buy a foal at auction, train it and even race it at the end. Very well done.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Ken K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely tour and day at the Stud Farm
    Highly recommend the tour. Or tour guide was leoni..she was fantastic..full of energy and spirit. Highly informative and showed great passion!! Beautiful surroundings and enjoyed the Japanese garden as well!! Lovey day out with the family
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • SRA54
    Dublin, Ireland62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely relaxing afternoon
    What a lovely casual explore. The Japanese gardens are so ornate, and the paths through are a lovely way to explore with a but of intrigue. Keeps the kiddos interested in what's up next. Uneven surfaces, but if you've someone who is unsteady, there are parallel paths. I thought the Sea of Stars sculpture was cool. Wish I had taken a photo. But the highlight has to be the Irish racehorse experience. 5 star. Takes about 30 mins. Read & learn about the different stages of the horse, and then you get the experience of owning a horse. In the virtual world with your tablet, buy a horse at auction, pick your jockey colours, pick a trainer, and buy the horse training with your virtual money. To top it off, we all raced each other at the end. Sit on a "robot" horse and off you go... the horses move like they are racing, and if you loose, you move to the back of the line. It was such fun. At the end, you can watch the video of you racing. Highlight. Great fun. Tip* spend all your money on the training. We walked around and fed real foals some grass. So relaxing to just wander around. We didn't eat but did have 99's which were enormous and the playground is always a hit too. Highly recommend as a day out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • LK Lad
    Letterkenny, Ireland21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out for all the family.
    We visited the Irish National Stud farm last week and the venue definitely did not disappoint. We opted to take the tour with Dominic as opposed to finding our own way around the grounds & he gave a very informative and enjoyable tour with plenty of his own unique stories thrown in to keep us all entertained. The highlight for us was seeing the Living Legends area which hosts such equine greats as Beef or Salmon, Faughneen, Hardy Eustace and Hurricane Fly. The Japanese Gardens are also worth a visit while the Irish Horse Racing experience bt.g ought out the kid in us! Highly recommended for a relaxing day out for families, couples or even solo visitors.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Fred v
    Hoover, Alabama12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highlight in Ireland
    Went on a walking tour with "Lee" for about an hour and she was delightful!! Learned and saw so much, but it was entertaining and kept our interest. She was concerned that we could all hear, that we saw everything she was talking about. We walked and saw so much. Highly recommend and would request her again if we could go! The shop and facilities are very nice and even had time to look at photographs! We thought we had plenty of time, but would have been happy with more!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Brian W
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Janapness Garden at the National Stud , worth a visit ?
    We understand how important the national stud is to Ireland and to the people that are employed there , However we have zero interest in horses / we only went to see gardens The Japanese garden was amazing along with the grounds and other gardens , but non of the staff guides know very much about the gardens, they were very nice and tried to get information , only produced a map of the walks. I have worked in semi state museums also partly funder by the OPW , All guides had to have knowledge of exhibitions. The Japanese garden is of national importance . We happened to bump into a gardener Paul he had amazing knowledge form both a historical context and practical advice that gardeners love. If we know we had access or guided tours by employee like Paul , We happily make a return twice a year Fantastic Gardens , wonderful sculptures . worth a visit , with or worth out a guides
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Grace
    Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic! highly recommend guided tour!
    Beautiful day out in the Irish National Stud! We went on a guided tour conducted by a young man named Harry. He was simply amazing! His passion really shun through and he had loads of knowledge to share. He was witty and made us laugh throughout. I travel a lot for work and have met many guides on tours, but I’ve never seen anyone like him. He really is a great asset to the stud team. I believe he was studying to be a Vet. We wish him all the best!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • callmeamby
    490 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    worth a visit
    What an outstanding place to visit. Our time there was brief, but we enjoyed a short walk around. The buildings and grounds are impeccably maintained. We particularly enjoyed the Japanese Garden, which was a surprise. The cafe is ok, but has a pretty view over the garden. We didn't have time for a full tour, but I'm sure it's also spectacular.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Mike B
    Mineral, Virginia996 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If You Love Horses, Gotta See This One
    During our 12 day coach tour of Ireland, the National Stud farm was one of our early stops. If you love horses, this is a must see. If you don't, it's still worth the stop. Very nice tour, and our tour guide was very informative. The horses were beautiful, and my wife enjoyed feeding carrots to several of them. The young lady who did our tour was also very knowledgeable. The Japanese Garden, which we walked through after the farm tour, is very nice and well maintained. But the horse farm tour is what it's all about.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia5,813 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to visit the stud and gardens
    We arrived at the stud on a wet day but luckily the rain stayed away while we were there. The stud provided a guide who took us around the horse areas, she was very good, a bit of a character who explained everything very well and answered anyone’s questions . We saw a couple of the resident stallions and some of the young weanling who were frolicking in their paddock . She also showed us the Legends, very well performed racehorses who had been retired and were living out their days being well cared for here at the stud. It was all very interesting. We then visited the Japanese garden on our own, a great garden set up by the original owner of the stud, he brought out a landscaper from Japan in the 1800s to build and design it. Very nice time we had there, the gardens are beautiful even on a dull day .
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
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Jennifer
Athy, Ireland85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Lovely relaxing family day out. We visited the Irish Nation Stud and Gardens for the first time with my family as our son is mad into horses. We arrived for the 12noon guided tour which was really informative and our guide was very friendly and patient for the kids who were lagging behind at times. There is a great park for the kids to play with hand sanitise stations. There is a cafe located at the park and lots of seating for the parents to sit and enjoy their coffee whilst the kids play. Beside the Japanese Gardens is the sit down restaurant with seating both inside and outside. We did not eat in it but it was busy and the food looked lovely. We spent a total of four hours strolling around at our own pace, looking at all the stunning horses, strolling through the gardens, the magic fairy trail and fantastic park for the kids. Social Distancing was sign posted and laid out and more importantly respected throughout out stay. The Japanese Gardens are really beautiful but not buggy friendly. Will definitely return again.
Written 12 July 2020
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Aisling McK
Newbridge, Ireland10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We had a fantastic day out here last Friday- we arrived about 11.45 am and were ready to join the 12 noon tour of the stud. The tour lasts about an hour and we were both well informed and entertained by our guide James, who ended the tour by introducing us to some famous retired racehorses, who are very happily living out their retirement in the lap of luxury, and who were only delighted to get nose rubs and pose for pictures. We followed the fairy trail and met some foals on the way, went around the lake and St Fiachra's peaceful garden and had a beautiful (and very reasonably priced) lunch in the restaurant, before checking out the Japanese gardens. These are stunning, and great for kids to explore, stepping stones through the stream, bridges, hiding places- marvellous! (Some paths through the garden are not suitable for buggies/ wheelchairs or those with reduced mobility however.) The remainder of the afternoon was spent in the children's playground- which is marvellous fun and well maintained. We spent 6 hours here in total and could have stayed longer but for other commitments. We paid €34 entry to the National Stud and the Japanese gardens for 2 adults and up to 4 children which is great value for a day out. The staff here are lovely and friendly, and ready to share their knowledge. Lunch was very reasonable with decent childrens meals costing around 7 euro, the restaurant is beautiful, food is worth visiting for and you can eat here without visiting the stud. While certain parts of the gardens are not suitable for buggies, the main pathways are wide, even and well kept. There are plenty of clean bathrooms and parking is free and plentiful.
Written 29 August 2022
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Susan K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very pleasant, helpful and informative staff. Plenty for kids to do, but would also recommend for groups of friends or adults as the guided tour is quite detailed and very informative suits general interest but ideal for anyone with an interest in horses/racing. The Horse racing experience is good fun, the guide there, Pauline? was great craic and very helpful - it's worthwhile spending time in the facility before the actual race experience as it's mini 'museum' is very informative. The gardens are also beautiful. Highly recommend.
Written 23 August 2021
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rubylass
cork190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
10 out of 10 visit to the National Stud and Gardens. We loved every minute of our day and found that the value of money was excellent. We easily could have spent a full day here between the gardens, the stud, the racehorse experience, the playgrounds and the lovely cafe. We paid €34 for a family of 4 and that included an excellent guided tour of the stud. Our guide Luke was excellent, informative and funny all rolled into one. We throughly enjoyed the hour spent with him and left with a lot of extra facts about breeding horses. Getting up close to Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and others was the highlight of the trip, as was getting to see a foal by Sea The Stars. The newest attraction was the Racing Experience which was €5 per person extra. We loved this and felt that €5 was excellent value. Our kids were too young to take part but they helped us chose our horse, name and racing colours etc so they felt just as included and when it came to riding the mechanical horses at the end, they were allowed sit on a horse but didn’t take part in the race so they were delighted with themselves. This was such great fun and I would recommend people to include this on their visit. Over all, The National Stud is such a fun day out and we can’t wait to visit again
Written 6 August 2022
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Weronika M
Clonmel, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It was easy to book the tickets online as it got you from the time frame you'll be arriving -> guide -> to the racing experience. The guide is free and you can choose if you want one or not, walking freely on the premises is also enjoyable and relaxing as you can take in the surrounding. At the reception when checking in they'll give you the map of the premises and the attractions so that you can navigate the area easier. They also have a small gift shop ( with hats, coats and vests) and a restaurant, but you can also bring in your own lunch to have a picnic on one of the benches that are spread out throughout the pathways.
Written 21 April 2022
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Diamondsforever💍
Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Very safe & all covid regulations were followed
Very enjoyable day out. The restaurant was serving an assortment of both hot & cold food. Also coffee teas & a selection of cakes & drinks
Again all safely done
Would recommend a trip here
Written 19 May 2021
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E Mc
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I am sorry to say, this was a terrible experience, we have been before quite a number of times and really enjoyed it and wanted to show my kids as I would like them to come racing with me.

The entry price has been increased by around 50%, thought ok and booked anyway.

When booking tickets it has a 'Racing Experience' section, I clicked book now and bought tickets. When we got to 'Racing Experience' there was a sign up saying entry €5 and no under 8s so it would have cost €20 more but my youngest child is almost 7 so we couldn't go anyway (not mentioned on the website).

In the stud section there are a lot of empty stables, when you walk to the paddocks there were 4/5 of the stallions out on the grass, walk on a bit and some unknown mares and foals in fields. I get to the retired racehorses section and I can't see any horses, I went in to ask have they moved and I get told "they are on their holidays", this was the whole point of my visit.

Previously you could go into a room to see the skeleton of Arkle and they had some racing items you could look at, we went to see 'himself' and they have turned this building into an office and you can look in a window at him. I guess the rest has gone to the no under 8's racing experience.

We went for lunch, there is a door to the terrace that was always being opened and closed and sounded like a bell ringing which was upsetting my child with sensory issues, turns out it is a loose cover where the keyhole is that could be easily fixed. I ordered quiche with bacon, roast pepper and cheddar, what arrived was a mini tart that was just onion with a bit of cheese and egg, I would have gone up to complain but my kid just wanted to leave to get away from the noise of the door.

I felt sick after half of it so left it and didn't eat again for the rest of the day.

As an Irish racing fan it is really embarrassing effort considering Ireland's Worldwide reputation for both racing codes and horse breeding.

Save yourself the entry fee and just drive to The Curragh in the morning and you will see better horses working and go for a nice breakfast in Kildare Town.
Written 26 February 2023
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lorna1986
Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
After one trip to the gardens we had such a great day that we are going to buy a family annual pass. As a family of four with a dog we often find it difficult to find somewhere we can all go and spend the day. Our four year old loved everything- from the ponies and horses to the fairy doors, playground and secret passageways through the gardens. The toilets and baby changing facilities were clean and easy to access. We had coffee, scones and ice cream at the playground cafe and next time we plan on making a longer day of it and getting food in the restaurant too.
Written 6 August 2021
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Simplyred77
Sligo, Ireland18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Myself and my partner visited the Japanese gardens and the national stud centre. As a lover of all sports I found it very interesting but sadly my partner wasn't too pushed.
Sean was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable in everything equine, but not when it came to the ponds and gardens.
In fairness he gave us plenty of notice in advance and told us that if we wanted to break away and do our own thing at any stage then he wouldn't be offended.
We started the tour with Sean at 2pm and it took an hour to finish. We had paid an extra 5 euro each (well worth it) to do the equine centre which started at 3pm. We were given a tablet, complete with head set but wasn't really shown how to operate it. We were shown where to go to watch a video and were told someone would be in after 5 minutes.
After about 15 minutes I had to go out and remind them. One of the guides told us that we do the tour on our own, this was a surprise to everyone in the room.
Because we weren't shown how to operate the tablet or nor was explained in detail, the fun was taken from it. You were meant to follow numbers on the floor but the number 4 was missing..
Anyway, no harm done but it would have helped if there was a better introduction and explanation on what we needed to do to enable a self guided tour.
Sadly, because we ran out of time due to the uncertainty in the equine centre, we had to leave at 4pm (closing time) therefore not being able to see all of the Japanese gardens. My partner wasn't happy and I heard about it all day. I would definitely recommend this tour but give yourself plenty of time. Another strange thing is that you can only book on-line(?)
These are the reasons for a 3/5
Written 27 November 2021
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Elizabeth N
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Had an absolutely lovely time here over the weekend despite the weather. Horses all looked happy and well cared for, gardens beautifully manicured. I just wish there was some covered outdoor seating to eat at since the restaurant seating is closed due to COVID. My boyfriend and I took shelter under a tree to eat while it was was raining, whilst most other people hid under the veranda of the restaurant and it became a bit crowded.

Besides that, the map was a little off and we found ourselves at a few dead ends and having to warn others too. However I'm excited to go back again and see anything that we may have missed during our visit. The reception and restaurant staff were lovely, the food was very tasty (especially the camembert and ham sandwich with relish) and I brought my dog along; the three of us had a wonderful day together.
Written 25 May 2021
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