Irish National Stud & Gardens

Irish National Stud & Gardens

Irish National Stud & Gardens
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Irish National Stud combines an active role in the development & promotion of Irish thoroughbred bloodstock & as one of the country's major tourist attractions. Located in the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred county, Co. Kildare, the Irish National Stud & Gardens is one of Ireland’s true treasures. Beginning in the early 1900s, the stud has produced some of the finest racehorses in Europe. It is one of the only thoroughbred breeding farms open to the public & its unique history & beauty are admired by visitors from around the globe. Visitors can view immaculately bred stallions & admire protective mares alongside their frolicking foals. There is also an opportunity to meet retired equine stars like Faugheen & 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 grounds are also home to the Japanese Gardens & St Fiachras Garden.
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  • cathywhelan1968
    Dublin, Ireland100 contributions
    Amazing Experience - Newborn foals and great fun in stunning surroundings
    I brought a group of tourism students to the Stud and Gardens last week and we had an amazing time. The staff were really friendly and Dave gave us a fantastic tour around the grounds. We got to see new born foals and some of the most famous Irish stallions including "Invincible Spirit". This is just a great place to visit and is so interesting and fun for all age groups and nationalities. I highly recommend it. Well done to all there. Cathy :)
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 27, 2023
  • Naomi K
    10 contributions
    Incredible place, lovely staff, delicious food and world famous horses
    Wow, this place is amazing. Coming over from the UK, the Irish national stud and the Guinness factory were must-do's! We booked general admission and then joined the 11am AM guided tour (no extra cost) The lady was brilliant, so knowledgeable and also hilarious. No area was out of bounds, you can also walk around on your own, you don't have to join the tour. The in foal mates were out in the field at 11am but we went back at 2pm and they were all in their stables. We were able to see a mare with a 1 day old foal too, everything is so chilled about the place. The tour was 1 hour then we went to the restaurant. Delicious food and lots of gluten free options! A little bit pricey, but we found Ireland was pricey on the whole. The Japanese garden was mesmerising. We did the virtual racehorse trainer. This was included in the entry fee, we did no have to pay extra. No under 8s allowed but that didn't apply to us. I won my race! There is a video recording available, but unfortunately it wasn't working for our race :( I would definitely recommend and I would definitely return.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Geraldine C
    Brussels, Belgium13 contributions
    A wonderful day out for sol.
    It was wonderful to see the newborn foals with their mothers. The National Stud is definitely worth a visit. The Japanese Gardens and St. Fiacre’s garden are an absolute delight. Ww had lunch in the café after our visit. There was a great choice of food and we were served by, pleasant staff. Well done to everyone involved in running this entire facility.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 8, 2023
  • R R
    Navan, Ireland3 contributions
    Enjoyable visit
    We had a lovely day at the National Stud despite the rain. Jamie was an excellent tour guide. Really enjoyed the walk around the stud learning about and seeing the foals and mares. The information centre/experience was good fun and interesting. We didn't spend a lot of time in the Japanese Gardens due to the rain but can appreciate the peacefulness of the gardens.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 18, 2023
  • BenABN
    Dunstable, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Mini break treat
    We took the guided tour lead by Eleanor and despite the downpour it was an excellent tour. We would highly recommend and hopefully the weather gods will be kind on your tour . Spotlessy clean despite the rain and mud. This visit was part of a surprise birthday treat/trip. You don't have to have any knowledge of horses as you come away feeling you are on first name terms with each one. Lots of other things for a family visit which are included in the tick price - Japanese Gardens, St Fiarcras garden, virtual horse racing experience, children's play area, cafe(highly recommend the fruit scone) shop. Staff are all very welcoming and are obviously happy in their environment.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Denis F
    Tipperary, Ireland6 contributions
    Equines or Acers
    The gardens were interesting to see but the highlight for us was the guided tour of The National Stud with Dominic. He had a great knowledge of the operation of the stud farm and the stallions located there. It was also great to see the legends such as Hurricane Fly and Beef or Salmon. A great way to pass a few hours.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2023
  • John S
    Groomsport, United Kingdom33 contributions
    Irish Racing at its best
    Spur of the moment t trip on Easter Bank Holiday Tuesday. Drove 155 miles there and back from Bangor in Northern Ireland. Weather forecast was to be very wet but we were lucky. Heavy downpours when we left. Amazing place and if you are into horse racing the history and stories are brilliant. Got a guided tour with Amanda who was an absolute joy to listen to.All the staff were so friendly and helpful and all seemed to enjoy working there. The display of horses was wonderful from the day year old foals up to the retired living legends including Hurricans Fly and Beef or Salmon. The stallions were superb also with my favourite Invincible Spirit whom I have followed for years. He is now 26 years young. The layout is superb and the Racing Experience is a must. It involves you to take part virtually from buying your own horse at the auctions up to the race. This is a simulated racdtra k and gives you the effect on a moving simulation mount. Great fun. The food was very good also and you will find it hard to leave the gift shop with out buying something. To sum up an absolutely amazing fun day out and a must go
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 12, 2023
  • qoto
    La Canada Flintridge, California197 contributions
    A fantastic experience for the whole family!
    We stopped here on our last morning in Ireland, and had a fabulous time!! My 2 year old grandson in particular loved everything about it - the flowers, the ducks, the trails, and especially the foals!! We loved the grounds, the horses, the tour, and the chance to (virtually) buy, train and race our own horse 🐎 ! This is definitely a "don't miss" experience!!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2023
  • MHCTMom
    20 contributions
    Wonderful Visit for All
    Our whole family (2 teens, 2adults-1teen is an avid equestrian) enjoyed our time at Irish National Stud. We were fortunate to visit during foaling season- we have never seen so many foals anywhere. You can spend and hour or several hours here. The grounds are beautiful and property is very large; tons of path for walking, several stables, and the interactive racehorse experience was awesome. There were people of all ages walking the grounds. You don’t have to be a horse lover to enjoy this place. It is Well worth your time and money!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 15, 2023
  • Judy M
    Aldergrove, United Kingdom1 contribution
    A must see for horse lovers
    Visited with my 2 sisters and 79 year old mum. Wasn't disappointed and I do not understand the couple of negative reviews below - it was excellent!! 500+ horses of all varieties. The mares and foals were obviously the best but it was fantastic to see the living legends too and hear/read about their individual stories on the boards. Very informative, immaculately kept stables, beautiful gardens and the cafe was 5 star. We travelled from Co. Antrim, easy to get to, right off the motorway. I highly recommend if you are interested in horses. Go in the spring for the foals. €18 for adults, $13 for senior citizen, was totally acceptable, not many attractions are that reasonably priced! And the guide was lovely, we kept seeing him after the tour and had more questions that he was very happy to answer.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2023
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Dorothy S
Dublin, Ireland211 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The day was sunny and the autumn colours were amazing. The gardens are a peaceful place. The walk around the paddocks was enjoyable and lovely to see the horses
Written November 8, 2023
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Ann O
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Nov 2023 • Family
Totally enjoyed our trip to The National Stud but one observation which upset us was the severe case of foot rot with a lot of the sheep. You could actually smell it while walking. We were very surprised that such a thing be allowed and it would be a form of animal cruelty.
Written November 7, 2023
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Breninio
Dublin7 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Do not bring kids here, ever! What a terrible experience at the Irish National Stud & Gardens today! My two daughters are horse mad so it was something we had been planning for a while. We booked the Irish Racehorse Experience for the whole family. On arrival we were told at reception that our 4 year old son could not do the race at the end of the experience as he is too small. We were fine with that, we should have read the details at the time of booking. However, when we went to go into the experience, the woman at reception told us that my 4 year old son was not allowed to bring the small, foam sword he had with him (he was dressed up for Halloween as were many kids) in with him. As anyone with any knowledge and understanding of 4 year old kids (this woman clearly had neither) should know, taking the toy away was not going to end well. He got really upset, crying and screaming. The woman could not care less about the upset child, she did not bat an eyelid. My wife ended up taking my son back out the playground rather than going in to the experience (which she had paid for!). Unfortunately, it gets even worse. After completing the Irish Racehorse Experience, the man who works there was making conversation, asking if we had enjoyed it. I made the point that my 10 year old daughter (who was there with me along with my other kids) loved horses and dreams of being a jockey. He looked at her and told her that she was too big to be a jockey!!!! I kid you not. Her poor face, she is extremely tough and brave and didn't want to show it, but I could see she was devasted. My other kids were shocked too. This eejit went off on his merry way, completely oblivious to the upset he had caused. I have never encountered such rudeness and a lack of self awareness as these two. Horrible!
Written October 31, 2023
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laurapaul2018
Compton, Canada61 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited the Irish National Stud and Gardens and learned more about the gorgeous stallions and services provided at this facility. The horses are obviously very well cared for with huge pastures and stalls and the number of employees to care for them. It was fun to see the colts and fillies playing in the fields and the retired stallions enjoying their pasture as well.
Written October 16, 2023
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SARAH F
12 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Absolutely wonderful experience. Extremely charming knowledgeable helpful staff. Great fun day out. Far more to see and do than the National Stud Newmarket. Excellent cafe with wide range of food and cakes. A must experience especially for racing and horse fans. Seeing the retired old chasers was delightful. We went at the wrong time of year to see the foals but had a truly great time.
Written October 4, 2023
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,811 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We arrived at the stud on a wet day but luckily the rain stayed away while we were there.
The stud provided a guide who took us around the horse areas, she was very good, a bit of a character who explained everything very well and answered anyone’s questions .
We saw a couple of the resident stallions and some of the young weanling who were frolicking in their paddock .
She also showed us the Legends, very well performed racehorses who had been retired and were living out their days being well cared for here at the stud.
It was all very interesting.
We then visited the Japanese garden on our own, a great garden set up by the original owner of the stud, he brought out a landscaper from Japan in the 1800s to build and design it. Very nice time we had there, the gardens are beautiful even on a dull day .
Written September 28, 2023
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Steve P
Rockville, MD7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The gardens and stud farm are beautiful and informative, the restaurant's chef was Ballymaloe trained, but the interactive and simulated horse auction and racing was our favorite part.
Written September 20, 2023
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Mike B
Mineral, VA1,030 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
During our 12 day coach tour of Ireland, the National Stud farm was one of our early stops. If you love horses, this is a must see. If you don't, it's still worth the stop. Very nice tour, and our tour guide was very informative. The horses were beautiful, and my wife enjoyed feeding carrots to several of them. The young lady who did our tour was also very knowledgeable. The Japanese Garden, which we walked through after the farm tour, is very nice and well maintained. But the horse farm tour is what it's all about.
Written September 17, 2023
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breda c
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We had a lovely visit to the Irish National Stud. Jessica our guide was fantastic, knowledgeable and fun. We saw at first hand what a great life these studs have. They are so well taken care of in a super environment.
Written September 15, 2023
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Jacinta L
galway99 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We only had time to visit the gardens, which were well worth it, signs, to follow map , a little hidden, and you can't just get a ticket for this area,, which is a pity
Written September 9, 2023
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