|Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays)||09.00am to 6.00pm|
|Daily Guided Tour Times||10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm, and 4.00pm|
|Car Park Closes||6.15pm|
Our play area is located near St. Fiachra’s Garden and caters for children of all ages. There is no need to pre-book: just arrive, let your kids go, sit down while you relax and or have something to eat or drink from our cafe.
With a great variety of play equipment including swings, slides and climbing frames, the play area overlooks our falabella and Living Legends paddocks. It is open all year round for our season ticket holders.
PLAY AREA FACILITIES
Variety of play facilities for children of all ages
Play equipment includes swings, slides and climbing frames
Easily accessible for buggies and strollers
Tea/Coffee, lights snacks and ice-cream available throughout the summer months
Picnic benches and seating areas
Toilets and baby changing facilities
The fairies have returned from their long winter holidays to take up residence and this year they’ve brought two new friends to help us out with all our chores. When you visit us we’ll give you a fairy trail map which you can follow through our enchanting woodlands, alongside our big lake in St Fiachra’s garden (be ‘fairy’ careful here) and towards our large paddocks, where you’ll see Hattie taking good care of our newborn foals.
Along the way look out for all sorts of trees and flowers – Flora is in charge of these. Then when you get to the ‘Buglington Hotel’, you might just spot some of our new insect residents. ‘Francis’ books them in each day for bed and breakfast and in return they help us with our flowers and pest control. The fairies are so good at helping, our gardeners have also reported that some of the lawns have been mowed overnight!
Once you’ve spotted them all, stop by our playground and enjoy a fun packed day.
Fairy Village Residents
This little fairy is in charge of all the lakes and ponds. He loves the water and all the creatures that live there.
This fairy makes sure everyone who visits has a nice time. She loves to hear children laugh and giggle. Gigi is a wish-granting fairy.
This fairy is a ladybug fairy. Her home attracts these cute creatures from far and wide.
A leaf fairy, Lola unfolds new leaves on every tree. She is also our worry fairy, and takes all the worries from the worry plaque.
This fairy is in charge of the care of all the wild birds here in the stud and gardens.
A bee-keeping fairy, Bumble is a true friend to all these cute fuzzy insects.
This fairy has always dreamed of living here. She is so happy to meet all the visitors, be sure to say hello to her!
This fairy helps with all our horses. Fairies can calm and soothe horses when humans aren’t around. They are great friends.
This fairy is the head of the woodland fairies. He is very caring and helps the others whenever they need him.
Abby is a very kind fairy and looks after the gardeners that keep the grounds looking so beautiful.
This fairy is the guardian of the red bridge. She makes sure it is shiny and bright and keeps it troll-free.
Our flower fairy, Flora helps each and every flower grow to its most beautiful.
This fairy is such fun and full of mischief. He loves to play ‘fly and seek’!
This fairy brings a bright sparkle to the gardens, every morning she catches the first sun sparkles just as they hit the ground.
This fairy manages all the reservations at the bug hotel ‘The Buglington’. This hotel is so busy and Francis works very hard.
Hattie takes care of the foaling unit, making sure every new born foal is well looked after.
This fairy watches over the horse paddocks, sprinkling his magic helps the horses have a little spring in their step.
Looking after all the ducks and swans here takes a special fairy. Donnie is a natural feather fairy and ducks and swans adore him, often chasing him across the pond for fun.
Loves to play and keep our resident Fallabela family entertained.
|Children (Under 16)||€7.00|
|Children (Under 5)||Free|
|Family Ticket (2 Adults & Up to 4 Children 16 years of age and under)||€29.50|
|Family (2 Adults and up to 4 children under 16 years of age)||€110|
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.
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
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)
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
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: