25th Jan 2016
The Irish National Stud & Gardens re-opens to the public on Monday 1st February after being closed for the winter period. The stud and adjoining gardens is a popular tourist destination, attracting over 120,000 visitors each year. The Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens is located on the outskirts of Kildare Town and offers guided tours seven days a week.
The Irish National Stud is the home of equine royalty. Immaculately-bred stallions can be seen and admired along with mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings.
Visitors can view our ‘Living Legends’ when they visit. We are very proud to have five retired racing superstars living at the stud – Moscow Flyer, Kicking King, Beef Or Salmon, Hardy Eustace and Rite Of Passage.
The Irish National Stud is far more than just a centre of equine excellence. It is also home to the breathtakingly beautiful Japanese Gardens. The gardens trace the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond. St Fiachra’s Garden, a tribute to an Irish saint is a stunningly raw representation of our country’s singular landscape. The mild winter brought the gardens weeks ahead of their time with many of the trees and shrubs showing their spring buds.
We have a Horse Museum which includes the skeleton of the legendary Arkle, a children’s playground, and a newly refurbished restaurant offering delicious, wholesome food.
Commenting on the new tourism season at the stud and gardens, Tourism Development Manager, David Wardell, said: “We are really looking forward to another busy year. We already have a number of foals on the ground and expect to have over two hundred by the middle of June. The nursery paddocks are going to be a huge attraction! We have redecorated our restaurant and will be serving hot carvery roasts seven days a week along with our usual salads and sandwiches. We have plenty of activities planned for 2016 so make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for updates.”
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