Horse Museum
Horse Museum

HORSE MUSEUM

The future and the past entwine beautifully at the Irish National Stud, whose museum is a legacy to not only the horses in Ireland but also the greatest and most famous of all Irish horses.

Mares with heaving stomachs and wide-eyed foals standing close to their mothers are the tomorrow of Irish racing. Its yesterday will forever be associated with the mighty and incomparable Arkle, to whose legion of fans was far more than just mere flesh and blood. He was iconic, an animal worthy of worship and reverence. And now, more than 40 years after his death, he reigns supreme in the stud’s museum, where his skeleton holds pride of place.

Three times the winner of jumping’s ultimate prize, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Arkle remains the greatest steeplechaser to have lived anywhere and at any time. Like many Irishmen, he was partial to a pint of Guinness, and such was his fame that fan mail addressed simply to ‘Arkle, Ireland’ invariably found its way to his stable.

While Arkle’s time here has come only since his passing, one of Flat racing’s modern day legends, Sea The Stars, was bred and raised at the Irish National Stud. Those visiting the museum can see memorabilia connected to County Kildare’s champion, while also on display are the silks carried to success in Australia’s signature race, the Melbourne Cup, by another Kildare superstar, Vintage Crop.

Elsewhere in the Sun Chariot Yard,visitors are told the history of the horse in Ireland through artifacts, illustrations and texts while the start of an equine life is presented in an emotional and uplifting video showing the birth of a foal – just possibly, the next Arkle.

GALLERY

OPENING TIMES
Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 09.00am to 6.00pm
Last Admission 05.00pm
Daily Guided Tour Times 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm
Car Park Closes 6.15pm
PRICES
Adults €12.50
Children (Under 16) €7.00
Children (Under 5) Free
Seniors €9.50
Students €9.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults & Up to 4 Children 16 years of age and under) €29.50

 

SEASON TICKETS
1 Adult €48
2 Adults €72
Family (2 Adults and 4 children under 16 years of age) €110
GUIDED TOURS
Daily Guided Tour Times 10.30am, 12.00pm,  2.00pm and 4.00pm
Daily guided tours of the stud last approximately 45 minutes. Please arrive promptly. A self-guide leaflet is available for the Japanese Gardens, Saint Fiachra’s Garden and The Horse Museum. These are available in 15 languages, please ask at reception
Group Rates – School Tours (Under 16 Years)
Paddy Madden Interactive SESE Discovery Trail (Minimum 30 Students, Wednesdays) €10.50 per child
Discovery Primary Science & Maths €7.00 per child
Regular School Tour €6.00 per child

 

Group Rates available upon request – click here

Concessions available for Groups & Coach tours over 20 persons

Tour operators rates available on request from: reservations@instourism.net

*Please note: Tour Operators & Coach Operators are unable to book online, these bookings must be made through reservations@instourism.net or by telephone at +353 45 521617

Special rates may apply for other groups and tour operators – for further details please contact the office on +353 45 521617 or email reservations@instourism.net

Car and coach parking (CCTV) is free and directly on site

Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times. Please clean up after your pet.

FIND US

Location

The Irish National Stud is an ideal family trip from a number of locations in Ireland with it being only 45 minutes from Dublin City, one hour from Waterford, and two hours from both Cork and Galway.

By Car

Travelling from the M7 take Exit 13 in the direction of Nurney on the R415 as far as Newtown Cross. Turn left and continue to the T-Junction. Turn right at the T-Junction for the Visitors car park, drive a short distance and then turn left. The car park entrance is 200m on the left. Distance from Exit 13 to car park – 1.3 miles.

GPS co-ordinates @53.144582,-6.901603

By Train

There is a Direct Rail Service to Kildare from Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Westport and Cork (via Portlaoise). Visit www.irishrail.ie to view timetables. A shuttle bus operates from the Kildare Train Station to Kildare Town, Kildare Village Outlet Shopping and the Irish National Stud. This Shuttle Bus is operated by Kildare Village Retail Outlet (please click here to view timetable)

By Bus

Monday-Friday

Bus Eireann route 126 departs beside Dublin Connolly LUAS stop at 09.30 to arrive at the Stud at 10.50

Return bus departs the Stud at 15.45 to arrive in Dublin City at 17.20

Saturdays

Bus Eireann route 126 departs beside Dublin Connolly LUAS stop at 09.30 and 13.30

Return bus departs the Stud at 11.20 and 15.50

Sundays and Public Holidays

Bus Eireann route 126 departs beside Dublin Connolly LUAS stop at 10.00 and 12.00

Return bus departs the Stud at 15.05 and 17.35

Alternatively Bus Eireann operate the route 126 frequently to Kildare town, which is only a short 10 minute walk away. Departure times for this option can be found on the Bus Eireann timetable link here:

 

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