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Irish National Stud & Gardens

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Different and Interesting

Even if you're not a horse person, this is a different and interesting place to visit. A tour guide... read more

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Katherine A
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My favorite place visited i Ireland

We were so pleased with the grounds, the exquisite horses, and the beautiful gardens. There are... read more

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The Irish National Stud & Gardens is temporarily closed to the public for the Winter and will re-open on February 11th 2019. This state-owned commercial stud farm also incorporates the world famous Japanese Gardens and wild Irish St Fiachra's Garden...more
Tully, Kildare, Ireland
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All reviews japanese garden guided tour beautiful grounds beautiful place to visit well worth the visit interesting place face painting lovely walk nice cafe sunny day cakes on site great family day great visit lovely place coffee shop kildare town
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Reviewed yesterday

Even if you're not a horse person, this is a different and interesting place to visit. A tour guide walks you around and talks to you about the horses, the processes, etc. Not your ordinary tourist activity. The cafe was very good for lunch. There's...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so pleased with the grounds, the exquisite horses, and the beautiful gardens. There are two! The Japanese gardens are very nice, and about what you would expect. What I didn't expect was the second garden, St Fiachra's Garden, which is larger than the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DavidWardellINS, Manager at Irish National Stud & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

You are so kind. We are closed for the winter until re opening in mid February for the foaling season where 260 baby foals are due to foal before the end on May!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Horses and Gardens are everywhere here! The guides are very helpful and give out lots of information about the site history, the horses and their racing, their stud duties, and their retirements. We saw lots of horses in the field, grazing and very interested in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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DavidWardellINS, Manager at Irish National Stud & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We are closed now until mid February when the foaling season gets busy and the Gardens come back to life. We hope to foal around 260 babies before the end of May so spring time is a fabulous time...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018

We stopped here as it was on our way back to Dublin and we love horses. There is a large parking area a short walk from the visitors center/gift shop/cafeteria. I believe we paid 9.5 euro each for the senior rate and we took a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Our guide led our group around the grounds, providing information about various stops along the way. Some of the world’s best stallions and race horses are found here. They are bred with mares from around the world. This service is a lucrative part of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Good day out. Both Japanese and Irish gardens. Tour of stud very informative. Went on a cold November day, but still good. Would be brilliant on a nice summer day.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

You could easily pass most of the day here, we seem to find new paths to follow every time we visit. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and well worth a wander. Our girls took part in the pony riding and had their faces painted for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

This was a terrific stop where we a choice between a couple of sights. We're glad we went here. Walking the paths was a welcome bit of outdoor activity and we really enjoyed the beautiful horses and scenery including the Oriental Garden.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Simply beautiful spot, and the sun shone down from the heavens. Lovely meandering walkways to spend as little or as long as you like. Gorgeous scenery for the senses, ponds and waterfalls, fairy doors with the tiniest of fairy clothes hung on the line. Majestic...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

A really good visit, I'm not all that interested in all things equine but this filled an afternoon, especially the Japanese and "fairy" Irish gardens. Andy was a great guide, very knowledgeable not just about the Stud. Good delivery and length of tour right. The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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July 11, 2018|
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Response from 455SueH | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty for kids - check the website but over the summer (July & August) on I think Tuesdays and Sundays they have extra activities such as pony rides and face painting in addition to the playground etc.
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June 27, 2018|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
it's a lovely walk, 2.1 kilometers or about 1.3 miles
June 16, 2018|
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Response from DavidWardellINS | Property representative |
Hi, The easiest way to get to us is either by train and there is a free shuttle service from Kildare Station that also includes The Kildare Village shopping outlet. There is also many buses to The Kildare Village and one... More