Japanese Gardens
Japanese Gardens

THE ICONIC JAPANESE GARDENS AT THE IRISH NATIONAL STUD

The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910.  Devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru.  Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the ‘Life of Man’. That plan was executed to perfection and Eida’s legacy is now admired by the 120,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year.

That plan was executed to perfection and Eida’s legacy is now admired by the 120,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year.  Very much representative of Japanese gardens from the early 20th century, Eida’s work traces the journey of a soul from oblivion to eternity and portrays the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life. Birth, childhood, marriage, parenthood, old age, death and the afterlife are all brought to mind as the gardens, a seamless mixture of Eastern and Western cultures, are explored.

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 06.15pm
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 up to 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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