This is a great place to spend a half day just wandering around. It has some lovely interesting gardens, full of unique features, which exude peace and tranquility.
Start off by exploring the stud farm which is the only working stud farm open to the public. The staff are really friendly and do not mind answering questions as they go about their daily work. Get the guided tour (included in the entrance price) which really gives you all the essential background information to fully apreciate your visit. Vicky our guide did a really great job at this and her natural enthusium for horses was infectious. Most foals are born from January to March so this is a good time to visit. We were lucky to see 3 one day old foals. We also saw the racing horse legends, Hurricane fly, Kicking King and Beef or Salmon who have retired here. Out in the paddocks was the famous mare Quevega with her new foal. I am not a horse person, but I learnt a lot about the complexitiy of the horse breeding buisness with my visit to the National stud. Allow 2 hours to fully see all the stud and a further hour for the gardens. On a nice day it is time really well spent on a working farm.
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