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It was the inspiring vision of one William Hall Walker who created the Irish National Stud over a century ago. The eccentric Colonel had a penchant for astrology and used to select his racehorses according to the stars under which they were born.

Although his breeding method was considered preposterous by the establishment, he became one of the leading racehorse owners of the time and indeed ‘lent’ one of his horses to the King, which went on to win the most coveted prize of all – the Epsom Derby.

Hall Walker also takes credit for developing the first ever Japanese Garden in Ireland.


Importing many plants and species directly, including the famous Tea House, the gardens took seven years to complete and remain one of Ireland’s national treasures.

Gifted to the State in 1915, the Irish National Stud & Gardens has flourished both as a tourist attraction and on the worldwide horseracing stage, claiming many Champions through the years.

Peace and tranquillity are the most frequently used words in our reviews. So if it’s a break from the hustle and bustle you are seeking, then this is your venue.


Our venue is vast, spanning over 800 acres of Kildare’s finest land and we have options for most corporate events. With a private room, a classroom, lecture hall and space for vast marquees in our stunning gardens, almost anything is possible.

Our on-site restaurant allows flexible dining options, ranging from silver-service luncheons to simple finger food buffets or afternoon teas. For big occasions, we’ll bring out the champagne and canapés.

A full menu can be discussed with our on-site caterers.



Private House, learning room and lecture hall

Marquee areas with gardens

On-site restaurant seating 200

Bar facilities

Dedicated ultra-fast broadband connection

On-site free parking

Private VIP tours

Disabled facilities throughout the site

Secure storage


Classroom (30 desks, 50 chairs)

Lecture theatre (seats 100)




The Irish National Stud and Gardens belongs to the people of Ireland but is enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Indeed nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry.

We’ve entertained Ambassadors, politicians and even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We’ve hosted lunches, conferences, training days, christenings, book launches, fairy festivals and photoshoots! We even hold an Summer Operetta in the amazing Japanese Gardens. Our facilities and on-site restaurant allow us a host of exibility.


“We organised a large group tour and afternoon tea in the National Stud. The whole team were fantastic the whole way through the process and the guests had a fabulous time.
Our client speci cally raved about the food that we were served as part of the afternoon tea, it was absolutely delicious and the attention to detail was second to none. We really appreciated how smoothly this event ran and are looking forward to working with the National Stud again soon!”

Caoimhe Rice, Sales Manager, Ovation Ireland

“In becoming acquainted with Ireland’s living Equine legacy in the stunning County Kildare surroundings they were serenaded by a tenor, mixed with the international tourists and added more colour to an already picturesque location. The incredible welcome bestowed on the Roses by the Tour Guides and full team at the Irish National Stud, made the visit all the more memorable.”

Anthony O`Gara, CEO Rose of Tralee International Festival




Capture your magical wedding day in our stunning gardens. Manicured perfectly, our Japanese Garden is over one hundred years old and its path follows the journey of man through each stage of life. Marriage is one of them! Pose on our spectacular bright red bridge, beside the original tea house or under the ancient cedar tree.

For a more mystical and Irish feel, St Fiachra’s Garden is designed to reflect the Irish landscape. Rock and water are rulers in a garden rejoicing in the natural beauty of woodland, wetland, waterfalls, lakes and streams.

See for yourself and take a tour today. For special rates, contact +353 45 521617 or email

Drinks and canapés for the wedding party may be arranged on request.