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“Very interesting to visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Irish National Stud & Gardens

Irish National Stud & Gardens
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Tully
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Owner description: 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.
Skerries, Ireland
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Very interesting to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Visited March 2017
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Portarlington, Ireland
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“Day Trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having the National Stud and Japanese Gardens not too far from home, we thought it'd be great to go for a walk around the grounds. Great, friendly staff. Admission was €12.50 and included a free cup of tea/coffee, entry to the Gardens and a guided tour of the foals, mares and stallions. Very interesting to take a walk around the stud farm to see what each stallion is worth to stud and the price that their foals have reached over the last few years. We would have spent more time there, only it was quite a cold day and I hadn't thought to wear warmer shoes so we had to cut it short abit, but I would definitely return with a picnic basket and sit on one of the many benches and watch the world go by. Very quite and serene. We're very lucky that this is right outside our doorstep.

Visited March 2017
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Allenwood, Kildare
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9 reviews
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“Great place for a day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting visit, great layout allowing leisurely strolls around the grounds and buildings. Weather wasn't really in our favour but still very enjoyable. We have already decided to return when the weather is better. Restaurant was a welcome stop for a coffee. Nice food and reasonably priced.
All in all a very enjoyable day with plenty to keep the interest of adults and children.

Visited March 2017
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Dublin, Ireland
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93 reviews
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“Very Interesting Day Out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you're not a horse person, this place is worth a visit. It's very well laid out, and really interesting to learn what they do here, and what they charge to get the studs to mate with female horses. Really interesting, and great seeing the horses up close. The staff were very friendly, which made it that much better. I'd recommend going here for a n interesting day out.

Visited February 2017
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Dundalk, Ireland
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The National Stud and Japanese Gardens is a family friendly, interesting and enjoyable place to visit. Easily accessible from the M7 and well signposted with plenty of free car parking. The entry fees are very reasonable and include an excellent guided tour of the stud, entry to both the gardens on site and to the small but interesting museum. There is also a children's playground and an excellent restaurant with a good selection of dishes and treats at reasonable prices. The staff are very welcoming and the overall ambience is well kept and spotlessly clean. Spend the day and enjoy a great lunch or snack. Bring waterproof clothing and comfortable sensible shoes, the tour is outside and the gardens, especially the Japanese Gardens, have steep steps and stepping stones and running water.

Visited February 2017
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