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. Fascinating insights are given into the unique ways he bred successful thoroughbred horses by relying upon the constellations.
As the visitors travel through the grounds, they discover the history of the Japanese Gardens that are over 100 years old and how the gardens were built by Japanese gardener, Tassa Eida. Onward to the rolling green paddocks, there is a golden opportunity to learn the unique rules of breeding thoroughbred horses and how the process occurs. Most memorably, the aim of the Irish National Stud & Gardens is to ensure every single visitor gets a chance to get up close and personal with a thoroughbred, while gaining new knowledge on Ireland’s significant stud industry. Following a visit of the Stud, there are two wonderful gardens and an interactive experience to explore on a self- guided basis: ❖ The Japanese Gardens: visitors are brought on both a horticultural and spiritual experience as they follow the “Path of Life” from birth, to death and beyond. ❖ St Fiachras Garden: with over 7 acres of rolling lawns, overlooked by ancient trees, is the very essence of Ireland's natural beauty.
The Irish Racehorse Experience is the newest addition to the Irish National Stud and is a ‘must-see’ attraction. This can be added on to any ticket type for 5 euro per guest. The Japanese Gardens café serves delicious brunches, lunches and treats throughout the day. All freshly prepared and home made by Ballymaloe trained chef, Natalie Collins.
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