In another major boost for tourism in county Kildare, plans for a new €3.2 million racehorse simulation attraction have been introduced for the National Stud and Gardens.
The new attraction will be the first of its kind in Ireland and is set to increase visitor numbers to the Thoroughbred County next year. With funding of almost €2 million from Failte Ireland, the new development of the project has already begun with both the National Stud and Failte Ireland working closely together.
Opening in spring 2020, the Irish Racehorse Experience will take tourists through what it is like to train and race a thoroughbred from foal to finish with state of the art simulation technology.
“It’s a great opportunity to give everyone a taste of what horse racing is about,” said chairperson of Kildare Fáilte Áine Mangan.
“Kildare is known as the thoroughbred county and with the Curragh coming on line this year also, it’s a fantastic start.”
During a visit to the site of the new attraction at the Irish National Stud, Minister of Tourism Brendan Griffin T.D. said:
“I’m delighted to announce Fáilte Ireland funding for this fantastic visitor experience. The new Irish Racehorse Experience is not only a tourism attraction – it is a hands-on showcase of culture, sport and heritage.”
The beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, the Irish National Stud prides itself on its global visitors year round. As well as top-class thoroughbreds, the National Stud is also home to outstanding gardens, including the Japanese gardens and St Fiachra’s Gardens, a museum of the greats and a kids’ zone.