For over 2,000 years, horses have woven themselves into the rich tapestry of Ireland’s cultural heritage. They embody the very essence of the Irish narrative, transcending time as mythical symbols and present-day Thoroughbred Champions. Now, an extraordinary opportunity awaits as we unlock the gates to a world rarely seen. Allow us to unveil the remarkable humans and majestic horses responsible for our world-renowned Thoroughbred Industry. Whether you would like an action-packed three-day itinerary, a corporate day out, Family friendly fun or some team building, Thoroughbred Country has tailored offerings to cater to your needs and desires.
Since the Irish began telling stories horses and horse racing have been at the heart of our culture. The enduring question has always been who has the fastest horse? Journey through the history of horse racing.
Following a welcoming reception by the stud’s friendly staff, visitors are met by their experienced guide. First, they are introduced to the stud’s founder, Colonel William Hall Walker, to learn the part he played in shaping the grounds in the early 1900s.
Horse racing professionals are obsessive, passionate people, completely consumed by what they do. This obsession is driven by a deep love for the thoroughbred horse, surely one of nature’s greatest creations.
‘Where Champions Are Made’ describes the globally iconic Curragh Racecourse in Co. Kildare, Ireland’s premier racecourse and home to over 1,000 racehorses in training on the Curragh training grounds, just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Dublin.
People make Punchestown and we look forward to welcoming you to this iconic, award-winning sporting venue that is steeped in history. Renowned for its wonderful friendly welcome and vibrant atmosphere, Punchestown...
Experience a detailed and personal guide-led walking tour of the historic Kildangan Stud and estate with access to some of the world’s top thoroughbred stallions. See a selection of those stallions and new-born foals (seasonal) and its state-of-the-art horse facilities and private museum.
Join us on the Famous Gallops of The Curragh with one of Ireland's top trainers. Guests will be welcomed at Fox Covert Stables by trainer Johnny Murtagh and his wife Orla who will give you an insight into the daily training of the renowned Irish Thoroughbred.
Join a scheduled public tour of the stud with unlimited time to explore the gardens and grounds. Visitors are free to stay as long as they wish post the guided visit. Many visitors stay for 2-3 hours, or longer.