Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

St. Fiachras Garden and the Horse Museum, Tully, Kildare
Tel:045-521617

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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.

The Irish National Stud is far more than just a centre of equine excellence. 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.

We have also welcomed over 100 new born foals so far with another 100 expected; it’s a great time of year to visit.

Visitors can also savour the serene and spiritual experience provided by 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.

Opening Hours: 9am -6pm, Last Admission: 5pm
All ticket prices include access to our Guided Tours.

SINGLE TICKETS

  • ADULT TICKET €11.50 Admits one adult for any day Mon-Sun.
  • CHILD TICKET €6.50 Admits one child (Aged 5 - 16 years old) on any day Mon-Sun. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • SENIOR TICKET €9.00 Available to adults over the age of 65.
  • FAMILY TICKET €28.00 Admits two adults and four children under the age of 16. Children under 5 go free.
  • STUDENT TICKET €9.00 Admits one student in full time education. Valid Student Card required.

 

SEASON TICKETS

  • ADULT SEASON PASS €48.00 Admits one adult, Mon-Sun for the duration of the season.
  • 2 X ADULT TICKETS – SEASON PASS €72.00 Admits two adults, Mon-Sun for the duration of the season.
  • FAMILY TICKET – SEASON PASS €110.00 Admits two adults/two children, Mon-Sun for the duration of the season.

  

SCHOOL TOURS

The Irish National Stud is part of our heritage and provides a unique opportunity for school children to get close up to horses and wildlife in a relaxed and natural environment. They will be fascinated to watch the thoroughbred foals frolic in their paddocks honing their future racing skills and can enjoy hands on interaction with the miniature Falabella horses. The Horse Museum is where the ‘Sport of Kings’ comes to life, a full skeleton of Ireland’s most famous racehorse – the legendary three-time Gold Cup winner Arkle – has also been preserved.

The world famous Japanese Garden was designed and built at the turn of the century and maps the ‘Journey of Life’ according to ancient Japanese history. Children can follow the path and stop at each point for an explanation of the symbolism making their way through streams and tunnels. In St. Fiachra’s Garden they will have fun exploring an environmental trail, enjoying the flora and fauna and identifying plants and animals that live in the local habitats.

With another four acres of woodland and lakeside walks to discover, children will experience a memorable day out at this exquisite ecological facility.

OUR TOURS 

A SPECIALLY DESIGNED TRAIL BY PADDY MADDEN

Interactive SESE Discovery trail with Discover Primary Science activities.

This 4 in 1 School Outing is for classes 3rd to 6th which covers

  • Horse museum
  • Stud Farm
  • Japanese Gardens
  • St. Fiachra’s Garden

 

  • Price €10.50 per child (Minimum 30 students)
  • Times:10h00 & 12h00 on Wednesdays
  • Booking quote: Paddy Madden Interactive SESE Discovery Trail

 

DISCOVER PRIMARY SCIENCE & MATHS TRAIL

Worksheets are available for this tour which relate to the following SESE Curriculum Strands;

Living Things: Energy & Forces & Natural Environments.

A Tour Guide takes the children around the Stud Farm which takes about 45 minutes, then the Teacher takes the children on a nature trail through St. Fiachra’s Garden. The children learn how to measure a tree; how to tell the age of a tree; Bird Identification; Swan Life & Food Webs. The children return to school with their worksheets and when back in the classroom they carry out a Word Search & Crossword.

  • Visit time approx 2.5 hours.
  • Price: €7 per child
  • Booking quote: DPSM Trail

 

REGULAR SCHOOL TOUR

The children are met by a Tour Guide, where they are taken on a tour of the Stud Farm which is both educational & fun.

Highlights include viewing of our new born Foals & Falabellas (miniature horses) along the way. They also visit St. Fiachra’s Garden which is located beside the playground.

  • Visit time approx: 1.5 hours
  • Price: €6 per child
  • Booking quote: Regular School Tour
 

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Opening hours

Monday
9:00 am
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6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am
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6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am
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6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am
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6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am
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6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am
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6:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am
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6:00 pm

Latitude: 53.1443487

Longitude: -6.90088