Irish National Stud & Gardens
KILDARE, COUNTY KILDARE
Situated in the grounds of the Irish National Stud, the gardens were established by Lord Wavertree between 1906 and 1910, and symbolise `The Life of Man' in a Japanese-style landscape. The Commemorative Millennium Garden of St Fiachra has 4 acres of woodland and lakeside walks and features a Waterford Crystal garden and limestone monastic cells. From horses to horticulture the Irish National Stud & Gardens offer a unique experience that can be enjoyed as part of a guided tour and at your own leisure. Come to the Stud and share with one of Ireland's true treasures.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- All parts of stud, garden & horse museum accessible. Japanese gardens partly accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open early Feb-early Nov, daily 9-6 (last admission 5)
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About The area
Discover County Kildare
Just to the left of Dublin, County Kildare is one of Ireland’s richer counties. It’s home to 140 racehorse stud farms, and a number of hi-tech industries.
Kildare also has a large number of peat bogs, the largest of which is the Bog of Allen. This amazing area has provided Ireland with peat for centuries, as well as preserving some of the nation’s most interesting and revealing archaeology. The bog holds up to 20 times its own weight in water and, in places, the peat can be 32 feet or more in depth.
For centuries Kildare was a struggling frontier town on the edge of the English Pale (area controlled by England). However, with the development of the Curragh, and the construction of the turnpike road from Dublin to southwest Ireland in the middle of the 17th century, the town’s fortunes revived.
You can see the last vestiges of Kildare Castle behind the Silken Thomas public house. Although a motorway cuts across its heart, the area known as the Curragh, which begins on the eastern edge of town, is still the largest tract of semi-natural grassland in Europe.
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