Irish National Stud & Gardens

Opening Hours
(February – October)

Monday 09.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 09.00 – 18.00
Wednesday 09.00 – 18.00
Thursday 09.00 – 18.00
Friday 09.00 – 18.00
Saturday 09.00 – 18.00
Sunday 09.00 – 18.00
Monday – Sunday until November 1st

(including Bank Holidays)

From November until December

10.00am – 18.00pm

10:00am – 16:00 pm (last admission 15:00pm)

Daily guided tours of the stud commence at 10h30, 12h00, 13h00, 14h00, 15h00 and 16h00, lasting approximately 45 minutes.

To find out more about Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens & St. Fiachra’s Garden, simply visit their website or call, + 353 45 521 617.

The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe.

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.

The Irish Racehorse Experience takes the visitor on a journey through the rich history and heritage of the Irish thoroughbred sector, from the world’s very first steeplechase in Cork to today’s commercial success story where Ireland and the Irish diaspora continue to lead the world in breeding, training and racing.

Among the most loved of all Ireland’s gardens, the Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens are a veritable feast for the eye and ear with the sight and sound of trickling streams perfectly complementing the greenery and vivid colours that provide a tranquil backdrop to the beautiful Bridge of Life and Tea House.The Japanese Gardens are a place for contemplation, meditation and reflection. Since they were first enjoyed more than 100 years ago, they have never failed to please.

Step into St. Fiachra’s Garden and enter another world, one to which you will wish to return again and again. The garden, designed in 1999 by award-winning landscape architect Professor Martin Hallinan and named to commemorate St. Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners, provides a perfect partner to the Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens while, at the same time, opening up a wholly different yet equally satisfying experience. This stunning attraction seeks to capture that which inspired those involved in Ireland’s monastic movement in the 6th and 7th centuries. It does so principally by paying handsome tribute to the Irish landscape in its rawest state. Rock and water are rulers in a garden rejoicing in the natural beauty of woodland, wetland, waterfalls, lakes and streams.

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.

Find out more about Irish National Stud & Gardens here

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Upcoming Events

  1. Brendan Grace Exhibition

    November 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - February 12, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
  2. Visaul Art Exhibition – Invisible Cords

    January 15 @ 10:00 am - February 19 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Pilgrimage on st Brigid’s Eve

    January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Contact Info

Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Tel: 00353 45 530 672
Email: info@kildareheritage.com

Opening Hours

Monday 10.00am - 4.45pm

Tuesday 9.30 am - 4.45pm

Wednesday 9.30 am - 4.45pm

Thursday 10.00 am - 4.45 pm

Friday 9.30 am - 4.45 pm

Saturday 10.00 am - 4.45 pm

Sunday Closed

Please note we close for cleaning and lunch from 1.00pm until 2.00pm each day