The Irish National Stud
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From admiring the horses to strolling in the Japanese Gardens, this Kildare attraction offers a unique experience for visitors to enjoy. Located in Kildare Town, the Irish National Stud offers daily guided tours through the on-site visitor centre.
The Irish National Stud and Gardens symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred horse industry. It is the home of equine royalty, immaculately-bred stallions who can be seen and admired alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Come to the stud and watch them at close quarters, marvel at their grace and splendour.
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 gardens trace the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond, at the same time providing a meeting place for the cultures of East and West.
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, it commemorates the patron saint of gardeners St Fiachra.
From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud offers an unique experience that can be enjoyed at your own leisure or as part of a guided tour.
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.