Irish National Stud & Gardens

Irish National Stud & Gardens

Home to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds, and the Horse Museum, with the skeleton of Arkle.

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    Kildare Town

Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.

It is also home to some of Ireland's finest natural treasures, in particular the breathtakingly beautiful Japanese Gardens, the finest of their kind in Europe. The gardens trace the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond, at the same time providing a meeting place for the cultures of East and West.

Visitors can also savour the serene and spiritual experience provided by one of the Stud's more recent additions, St Fiachra's Garden, a stunningly raw representation of our country's singular landscape. And when all that is done, refuel in our restaurant before leaving with one of the numerous mementoes available in the gift shop.

From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud offers you a unique experience that can be enjoyed at your own leisure or as part of a guided tour. Come to the Stud and share with us one of Ireland's true treasures.