Irish National Stud & Gardens

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Irish National Stud & Gardens

Irish National Stud & Gardens
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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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Ozzysix
County Kildare, Ireland41 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
An iconic gem in the heart of Kildare full of history and a great learning experience and the breeding of racehorses. The Japanese gardens are spectacular and I can highly recommend a visit with family or friends to this wonderful place.
Written December 7, 2021
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ClaireK
8 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Excellent experience here last Sunday! Beautifully decorated for Christmas and the Café so good! I was so impressed! The Stud was nice to visit and the leisurely walk around .. the Japanese Gardens were lovely too- a great 1/2 day out for a family .. too marks!
Written December 1, 2021
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Simplyred77
Sligo, Ireland18 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Myself and my partner visited the Japanese gardens and the national stud centre. As a lover of all sports I found it very interesting but sadly my partner wasn't too pushed.
Sean was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable in everything equine, but not when it came to the ponds and gardens.
In fairness he gave us plenty of notice in advance and told us that if we wanted to break away and do our own thing at any stage then he wouldn't be offended.
We started the tour with Sean at 2pm and it took an hour to finish. We had paid an extra 5 euro each (well worth it) to do the equine centre which started at 3pm. We were given a tablet, complete with head set but wasn't really shown how to operate it. We were shown where to go to watch a video and were told someone would be in after 5 minutes.
After about 15 minutes I had to go out and remind them. One of the guides told us that we do the tour on our own, this was a surprise to everyone in the room.
Because we weren't shown how to operate the tablet or nor was explained in detail, the fun was taken from it. You were meant to follow numbers on the floor but the number 4 was missing..
Anyway, no harm done but it would have helped if there was a better introduction and explanation on what we needed to do to enable a self guided tour.
Sadly, because we ran out of time due to the uncertainty in the equine centre, we had to leave at 4pm (closing time) therefore not being able to see all of the Japanese gardens. My partner wasn't happy and I heard about it all day. I would definitely recommend this tour but give yourself plenty of time. Another strange thing is that you can only book on-line(?)
These are the reasons for a 3/5
Written November 27, 2021
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Claire S
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Friends
I have my own minor shares in racehorses but visited with non-horsey people who were equally impressed. Our guide was excellent and it was fabulous to see the household names of the racing world enjoying their lives at stud or in retirement.
Altogether a lovely morning
Written November 25, 2021
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Adam Ladd Tours
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Would highly recommend this to anyone Irish or tourist. Beautiful gardens and grounds and it was brought to life by our guide Eoghan. He was super knowledgeable on every aspect of the industry and happy to answer any questions asked of him. He really gave us an insight not just into the national stud but how the industry works more generally and I came away with knowledge of something I was previously ignorant of. He explained it in a very easy to understand manner and it really enhanced our visit.
Written November 10, 2021
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Ois S
3 contributions
Oct 2021
Outstanding tour, our guide Eoin knew the industry and the stud like he'd worked there for decades!

Very enjoyable day out, despite the awful weather.
Written November 4, 2021
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john k
Wexford, Ireland5 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Great day out .. very good guide.. Great value for money .. if you're close I wouldn't hesitate to call in
Written November 2, 2021
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shirleyk09
Dublin33 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Took a trip to the gardens and stud on the 28th October 2021. Two super attractions in one and Its worth making sure you do both. We were lucky that the gardens had their Autumn/Fall display. The place is spotless. We took the stud tour first and then the gardens followed by excellent lunch in the restaurant.

Plenty of parking, and excellent professional staff.
Also we thought for the whole experience it was really good value. We didn’t do the new racing experience but I have heard that is great fun.
Written November 2, 2021
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Lynkeogh
11 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We went for the Halloween midterm break. A group of adults and children and everyone of us enjoyed it. The kids loved the magic show and we had a lovely lunch in the restaurant. The staff were lovely and the place is spotless. I cannot wait to visit again as the grounds are fabulous.
Written October 31, 2021
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Michaela Hogg
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Couples
Had the best time! The stud is so clean and well managed. The whole place was brilliantly decorated for Halloween. This is my 4th time to visit here. Always a great day out promised
Written October 28, 2021
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