MAGNIFICENT HORSES, LIVING LEGENDS & WONDERFUL GARDENS
Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, than the Irish National Stud & Gardens, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty and home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.
Stud Farm: The Stud Farm is the home of equine royalty, immaculately-bred stallions who can be seen and admired alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Visit the stud and watch them at close quarters, marvel at their grace and grandeur. Observe the remarkable thoroughbred journey from Conception to Champion.
The World Famous Japanese Gardens: The significance of the Japanese Gardens is not only artistic and horticultural but also philosophical. Created in 1906 they are the finest in Europe. Follow the path called the 'Life of Man' which traces the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond, at the same time providing a meeting place for the cultures of East and West.
Wild Irish St Fiachra's Garden: Symbolising the power of the Irish landscape, this is a spiritual haven inspired by the Patron Saint of Gardeners. A tribute to St. Fiachra, it is also a fitting tribute to Ireland herself.
Horse Museum: which includes the skeleton of the legendary Arkle.
Living Legends: The Stud is privileged to have Moscow Flyer, Kicking King, Beef or Salmon, Hardy Eustace and Rite of Passage on their Living Legend's team. Visitors are welcome to view these equine superstars when they visit the stud and gardens.
By Car: Located a 45 minute drive from Dublin City. Take exit 13 off M7 & R415.
By Train: There is a direct rail service to Kildare from Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Westport and Cork. A shuttle bus operates from the Kildare Train Station to Kildare Town, Kildare Village Outlet Shopping & the Irish National Stud.
By Bus: Travel by bus Monday to Saturday from Dublin City Centre Bus Station (Busaras) at 09:30s with return journey 15:45; or on Sunday from Busaras at 10:00 and 12 noon, returning at 15:00 and 17:30.
GPS co-ordinates -53.144582,-6.901603