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Irish National Stud & Gardens

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Tully, Kildare, Ireland
+353 45 521 617
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More than meets the eye

My family and I really enjoyed our time here. The guided tour was really one of the most... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2017
Chris P
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
via mobile
Beautiful grounds, stunning animals!

The grounds are immaculate, the gardens inspiring but let's face it. The real reason I went was to... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
Apison, Tennessee
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Closed to the public for the Winter and will re-open on January 29th 2018. This state-owned commercial stud farm also incorporates the world famous Japanese Gardens and wild Irish St Fiachra's Garden as well as the Irish Horse Museum, Living Legend's, Gift Shop and restuarant. It is also home to some of Ireland's most famous racehorses.
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

My family and I really enjoyed our time here. The guided tour was really one of the most entertaining tours we have ever done. Full of knowledge and hilarious moments too. The food at the café was reasonable and very good for all ages. While...More

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 1 September 2017

The grounds are immaculate, the gardens inspiring but let's face it. The real reason I went was to see the horses and they were magnificent! From the living legends and the stallions to the mares and babies, it was a fun day! Our guide was...More

Thank CatherineDmo
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

If you are into steeplechase and Ireland winners this place would interest you. There is a tour that explains the process of making winners and the economics involved. The grounds are enormous and you can spend hours walking. There are some horses to see, mostly...More

Thank ald233
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely walks and lovely place to spend a day plenty of children's imtrests with play ground fairy doors to track .and plenty of studs, mares ,foals . Lovely cafe . All and all relaxing

1  Thank Aa A
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We could have gone on the guided tour, but as they were at 10-30, which we arrived too late for, and the next tour at 12-00 looked very full, we walked on our own with the helpful map. If a guided tour is really needed...More

Thank vpexplores1
DavidWardellINS, Manager at Irish National Stud & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2017

Hi, yes we advise taking the tours especially this time of year as you correctly say there are fewer horses around. We foaled 248 foals this year but the last one was at the end of May. At the moment we have around eighty mare...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017

Beautiful authentic Japanese Gardens, take a stroll on the path of life, astutely planted and laid out with Tea Room, Well of Wisdom and Bridge of Life. Separately, take the guided tour or just wander through the paddocks of some of Ireland's finest horses and...More

3  Thank ken m
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

We've visited several times over the last 20 years and it's always a pleasure. The time of year will determine if you get to see the foals in the fields of course. Going around with the Guide is a MUST DO. Jon was extremely knowledgeable...More

3  Thank Julie G
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Great tour where we learned about horse breeding and the economics behind it. The Japanese Gardens here are also Beautiful. There are two paths you can take, "The Path of Life" and the "Easy Path". Both take you through the gardens, although the Path of...More

2  Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Well done to our guide who provided us with a very informative and entertaining tour, we enjoyed a great day and would recommend this tour to all who visit

2  Thank Angie S
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

The stud farm was good with an excellent guide, but we've had better stud farms. The Japanese garden is the best I recall outside Japan for its one-acre size. You can easily spend a relaxing hour there walking the path of life. A good family...More

Thank Peter K
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Mary H
12 August 2017|
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Response from Dave F | Reviewed this property |
Hi Mary, According to the Stud's website, "Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times. Please clean up after your pet" Enjoy your visit 👍
Finola S
18 July 2017|
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Response from Marie-Victoria F | Reviewed this property |
There is indeed a café, and the gardens are big enough for a toddler to run him/herself really knackered :) Can't remember the pricing, but once you are in, you can stay for as long as you want.
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