Created to create and promote the bloodstock of Irish horses, the National Stud stands on 958 acres (388 hectares) near Kildare and has stabling for up to 288 mares, foals and stallions. Only 40 minutes drive from the IMI Residence, it is a fantastic day out for the family.
The ultra-modern exhibition tells the story of man and horse over the ages and Ireland’s long love affair with horse racing.
The world famous gardens were laid out by Japanese gardener Tassa Eida between 1906 and 1910. Situated in the grounds of the Irish National Stud, they have been carefully cultivated to preserve the traditional landscapes.
Truly unique, the garden was created to commemorate St Fiachra the Patron Saint of Gardeners. You enter the gardens via an underground stone passage before emerging into an inner garden surrounded by water. In a pastiche to St Fiachra’s, a hermitage has been created which hides an inner garden and grotto.
Driving normally takes about 40 minutes. Exit the M50 at Junction 9 onto the M7/N7 (Limerick) towards Kildare. Leave the M7 at Exit 13, the National Stud is very well signposted.
Alternatively, take the train from Dublin Heuston to Kildare and catch the courtesy shuttle to the National Stud (call +353 (0) 45 521 617 for times)
Open daily from mid-February until Christmas, 9am until 5pm