Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, Kildare

Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Ireland and especially County Kildare have a rich history in horse racing and the breeding of champions. At the Irish National Stud you will recieve a guided tour and get to meet the champion racehorses. Beef Or Salmon, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly, Kicking King, and Rite Of Passage on our ‘Living Legends’ team. Visitors can view these equine superstars when they visit the stud and gardens. With their racing days behind them, they can be seen basking in the summer sun in their paddock opposite the serene St. Fiachra’s Garden. St. Fiachra’s Garden was designed in 1999 by award-winning landscape architect Professor Martin Hallinan. The garden commemorates St. Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners. It provides a perfect partner to the Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens. The Japanese Gardens are renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910.  Devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru.  Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the ‘Life of Man’. That plan was executed to perfection and Eida’s legacy is now admired by the 120,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year.

The cost for this trip including entry and transport is €28