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Beginning in the early 1900s, the stud has produced some of the finest racehorses in the world and to this day, it is still one of the top breeding farms. Owned by the Irish people, the Irish National Stud & Gardens is one of the only thoroughbred breeding farms open to the public. Its unique history and beauty are admired by visitors from around the globe.
Just 40 minutes outside of Dublin, the stud farm is the home of equine royalty. Visitors can view immaculately bred stallions and admire protective mares alongside their frolicking foals. There is also an opportunity to meet retired equine racing stars like Hurricane Fly and Beef or Salmon on the stud’s ‘Living Legend's’ team. A visit to the stud’s new interactive centre, ‘The Irish Racehorse Experience’ truly brings to life the worlds of these magnificent animals.
The Irish National Stud & Gardens is also home to two remarkable gardens; the Japanese Gardens and St Fiachras Garden. At the Japanese gardens, visitors enter an oasis of calm as they travel the 'Life of Man' path which traces the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond. By comparison, St Fiachra's Garden is an inherently Irish garden that symbolises the power of the Irish landscape. Predominantly planted with native specimens, St Fiachras Garden is home to an array of Irish wildlife.
Beautifully set on 850 acres of green rolling hills, the Irish National Stud & Gardens real gift is that it offers an opportunity to become truly immersed within the heart of nature.’
- Daily guided tours of the Stud
- World Famous Japanese Gardens telling the Story of the Life of Man from Cradle to Grave
- Award-winning St. Fiachra’s Garden based on the 6th & 7th Century monks
- Living legend horse superstars
- Restaurant with home baking
Open early February to November 2020
Daily 09:00 - 18:00
Closed: December and January
Last admission: 17:00
Approx. visit duration: 2 to 3 hours. The guided tour is 45 minutes.
Irish National Stud & Gardens
Tully, Kildare Town
T: +353 (0) 45 521 617
Senior (aged 60+): €11.00
Student (with valid ID): €11.00
Child (aged 3-16): €8.00
Child (under 3): Free
Family (2 adults & 4 children): €32.50
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DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Full restaurant serving morning coffee; afternoon tea and scones; full lunches and light refreshments and wine.
Free car and coach parking on-site.
The Stud and St Fiachra's Garden are fully wheelchair accessible. The Japanese Gardens are partially accessible. Fully accessible toilet available in the Visitor Cente and at the children's playground.
Group rates available (minimum 20 people). Pre-booking required.
All dogs are permitted, however they must be on a leash.
The Stud is located 48km south of Dublin off the main M7 motorway (take Exit 13 onto the R 415). It is easily accessible from Dublin Airport, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port. .Irish National Stud & Gardens Nearby Attractions