The Irish National Stud and Gardens
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Located in Kildare Town, the Irish National Stud offers daily guided tours through the on-site visitor centre. From admiring the horses to strolling in the Japanese Gardens, this Kildare attraction offers a unique experience for visitors to enjoy.
The Irish National Stud and Gardens symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred horse industry. A unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty, it’s home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the country.
The Irish National Stud and Gardens in Tully is the only stud farm in Ireland open to the public and offering daily tours. Within the grounds are the world-famous Japanese Gardens, the Horse Museum and St Fiachra's Garden, created to celebrate the Millennium.
Visit the Japanese Gardens for a relaxing stroll—created between the years 1906 and 1910, they were laid out by Japanese craftsman Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. The Horse Museum brings the nation’s love affair with horses to life and displays the skeleton of Arkle, a famous Irish Thoroughbred racehorse. The beautifully designed St Fiachra's Garden was opened in 1999 and commemorates the patron saint of gardeners St Fiachra.
Visiting the Irish National Stud and Gardens is easy—it’s located off the M7 motorway on the outskirts of Kildare Town, County Kildare. An on-site self-service restaurant offers visitors a light lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea.
Facilities include a picnic area, four acres of woodland walks, free car and coach parking, toilets for the disabled and a baby changing room. Daily guided tours of the Irish National Stud start at 12:00 noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm, each lasting approximately 35 minutes.