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.
Located in the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred county, County 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 and to this day, it is still one of the top breeding farms. Owned by the Irish people, the Irish National Stud & Gardens is one of the only thoroughbred breeding farms open to the public. Its unique history and beauty are admired by visitors from around the globe. Just 40 minutes outside of Dublin, the stud farm is the home of equine royalty. Visitors can view immaculately bred stallions and admire protective mares alongside their frolicking foals. There is also an opportunity to meet retired equine racing stars like Faugheen, Hurricane Fly and 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 Irish National Stud & Gardens is also home to two remarkable gardens; the Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s Garden. At the Japanese gardens, visitors enter an oasis of calm as they travel the 'Life of Man' path which traces the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond. By comparison, St Fiachra's Garden is an inherently Irish garden that symbolises the power of the Irish landscape. Predominantly planted with native specimens, St Fiachra’s Garden is home to an array of Irish wildlife. Beautifully set on 850 acres of green rolling hills, the Irish National Stud & Gardens real gift is that it offers an opportunity to become truly immersed within the heart of nature.
Foaling Season: o From January to early May, the Irish National Stud & Gardens welcomes over 250 new-born foals. ❖ Living Legends: Meet the stud’s retired Steeplechase performing superstars including Faugheen, Hurricane Fly and Beef or Salmon; part of the studs ‘Living Legends’ team. ❖ Wildlife Trail: o New for 2021, follow the wildlife trail in St Fiachra’s Garden. o Discover the homes of stunning wildlife; including the rare red squirrel, pine martins and various breeds of raptors. Seasonal Highlights
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