I took the group English tour. I reserved my ticket on the schools website and collected a hour before. I was expecting queues but was surprised to find the ticket office very quiet. At the time of the tour I was asked if I could manage stairs as I have to use a stick to support me. Our guide asked us to follow her to the outside of the building and then proceeded to march away, leaving those of us who were a little slower to have difficulty to catch keeping up. The route did take us into the street which was crowded with tourists so it was a bit difficult to not lose our sprinting guide. I followed a Canadian lady who had a distinctive back pack as I was unable to see where the guide had gone. We both commented that it had turned into a guided march, as she also had difficulty keeping up
When we got to the stables however the young lady who was our guide was very friendly, encouraging questions and being obviously very knowledgeable about the school's history, riders and horses.
Photography was allowed in all areas except for inside the stables. We were afforded lots of time to view the beautiful stallions in their stables again with plenty of chances to ask questions. We saw the tack room area and the winter arena which was beautiful
Our group was not large about 12 so I was able to get a good view of everything and we were within touching distance of the horses in the stables ( touching, feeding and riding were not allowed our guide laughed when giving these instructions)
I would definitely recommend this tour (despite the racing start) as it allows you to discover historical information you may not otherwise learn. Anyone with a love of horses would enjoy this tour and it was worth the €18 price. I regret not going to see the morning exercise show but still found the guided tour very enjoyable