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Address: Haras National du Pin, 61310 Le Pin-au-Haras, France
Phone Number: 33233366868
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Pin National Stud -often known as the "Versailles of the...

The Pin National Stud -often known as the "Versailles of the Horse" - was built on the orders of Louis XIV in a verdant setting covering more than 1000 hectares (2500 acres). Here you can walk through the heart of buildings dating from the 18th century, including stables that house different breeds of horse, the saddlery of honour, and some exceptional horse-drawn carriages. Your visit continues on a route which allows you to explore stable no. 1, where you get to know more about the world of the horse and the Pin National Stud. The chateau, built at the beginning of the 18th century, houses some superb 17th century tapestries as well as animal paintings in its rooms. Come and watch the amazing shows of horses and carriages held at 3pm every Thursday between June and September, on Le Pin Thursdays. An artistic equestrian show also takes place in the stud riding arena, every Wednesday afternoon in April, and each weekend from May to mid-Septembre.

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We visited on a Thursday so got to see the show. I wasn't expecting it to be indoors but it was quite good. The stunt rider Morgon was brilliant. It was all in French so you need... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2016
Bath, United Kingdom
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Leuven, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are a family of horse lovers and visited the stud yesterday. The horse show was disappointing: too many people, all sitting inside on plastic chairs (if you were lucky to have a chair), very difficult to see anything etc. The acts themselves were short but ok. Then we visited empty (!) stables with a non enthusistic guide (clearly counting... More 

Thank roxycar
Taunton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Big cart horses, one show jumping horse, two donkeys. No English spoken. Kids would find it very hard work. No ice creams or any fun type things. Rip off.

Thank bryan v
Haras du Pin T, Responsable commercial at "Le Pin" national stud, responded to this review

We regret that the visit and the show were not as good as you expected it to be. In our “Jeudi du Pin” show, around twenty horses, ponies and donkeys from different breeds, are presented in various scenes. They are shown either alone or in a group; in harness, ridden, or shown in hand. We try to show our visitors... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Had a great visit. Interesting and informative from a local guide who spoke excellent English. Walked around the grounds and museum. Visited the stables to see the stud stallions. Magnificent beasts. Learnt of the history of the stud supplying horses to the military years ago but now for ceremonial and events. Do not go if you do not have and... More 

Thank salisburybob
Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Thursday so got to see the show. I wasn't expecting it to be indoors but it was quite good. The stunt rider Morgon was brilliant. It was all in French so you need a bit of the language to understand the commentary. We were too late to do the museum which looked good, but we did... More 

Thank Tunleytraveller
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Came to watch the horse show with the kids. It was OK but not brilliant. The show was indoors and so space a little little limited. We didn't look at the buildings and so can't comment on the rest.

Thank justbruce
Haras du Pin T, Responsable relations clients at "Le Pin" national stud, responded to this review

We are pleased to have welcomed you at the Haras National du Pin, and we appreciate the time you took to let us know your opinion. Since the 1st January 2016, the Haras National du Pin has become a Public Administrative Establishment, jointly managed by the French Government, the Region and the local Department. Horse breeding is still continued here:... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Haras are now in private hands. Tour was crowded and we only got to walk around staals and look at horses from distance. The show was very good and amusing. Expected more about the breeding and role of the haras.

Thank patrick l
United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Revisited this National Stud after a thirty year gap (worked here as a student) Lots of changes, no longer government funded but kept alive by private stallion owners. Very sad to hear that so few of France's National Studs remain. Fascinating tour with charming and informative tour guide. Beautiful architecture and lovely Percheron, Selle Française and Trotteur stallions. Gift shop... More 

Thank Landlady747
Dothan, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

I wasn't sure about this place but my wife wanted to stop. We saw the show and had a look through the museum. There was a little mix up with our tickets which we never got totally sorted but otherwise a nice little diversion. For horse lovers this is the place to visit. For others, it it's a interesting stop.... More 

Thank ExpatAgainandAgain
Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

These beautiful stables are certainly worth a visit when you are in the area. The site is lovely and you can easily spend an afternoon wandering the place, doing the guided tour and watching one of the shows. The English guided tour was done by a very friendly Scottish lady, who obviously knew her way around the Haras. The tour... More 

Thank m4v21
North Pole, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Loved the tour of Stallion Row. Wish we could have seen more of the farm but learned alot about Francés role in breeding. Would recommend for horse lovers and non horse lovers alike!

Thank Cristi F

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