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The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens are adjoining attractions which pull in 150,000 visitors every year.
Racehorses are conceived, born and raised on Tully’s famous Stud Farm, long the source of thoroughbred champions. See six stallions, famed for race track feats.
The Japanese Gardens are the finest of their kind in Europe. Created 1906-1910 by Col. William H. Walker, the gardens symbolise the “Life of Man”, tracing the journey of a soul from oblivion to eternity.
Also visit St. Fiachra’s Garden, designed in 1999 by Martin Hallinan, and the Horse Museum (including a tribute to Arkle, the greatest steeplechaser ever).
Open Mon-Sun 10.00 am-6.00 pm (including Bank Holidays). Last admission 5.00 pm [In November/December, closing time is 4.00 pm].
Guided tours of the stud are at 10.30 am, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm daily, lasting 45 minutes. There are extra tours during the peak tourist season.
The tour of the Japanese Gardens, Saint Fiachra’s Garden and Horse Museum is self-guided (a special leaflet guide is available).
Irish National Stud, Tully, Kildare.
Tel: 045 521617.
Adults €14; concessions.