The Thoroughbred County
Amongst the lush landscape of the Thoroughbred County many of Ireland's top studs, stables and racecourses are to be found. Think the Curragh, Punchestown and Naas racecourses. And when racing festivals come around, it’s time to be wowed by slick suits, beautiful dresses and some rather head-turning hats!
The real thoroughbred journey starts at the Irish National Stud. Visit in foaling season and you'll spot these new-born beauties tottering around on legs that seem just about to fold underneath them. But there's much more besides these charming scenes. Within the Irish Horse Museum, you'll find the skeleton of Arkle, three-time winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Meanwhile, in the Japanese Gardens, there are 200-year-old bonsai trees, lava rocks from Mount Vesuvius and a trail tracing man’s journey through life. For a garden of a different sort, wander through St Fiachra’s Garden. Named for the patron saint of Irish gardeners, here the focus in on rock and water – the Irish landscape in its rawest form.