The Irish National Stud combines an active role in the development and promotion of Irish bloodstock and as one of the country’s main attractions.
Nowhere better symbolizes all that is great about County Kildare the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry than the Irish National 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 Horse Museum houses the skeleton of the legendary steeplechaser Arkle and also presents a history of the stud farm’s successes.
We provide a children’s playground complete with several styles of swings slides and climbing frames. There is fun for all and plans are in place to build an adjoining pavilion and coffee shop. Ideal for a fantastic day out for all the family; picnic and rest areas; guided tours; multi-lingual self-tour (15 languages available); parking; wheelchair loan; shuttle bus from Kildare train station; education programmes; first aid; toilets disabled toilets; baby-changing facilities.
One ticket covers all attractions – National Stud & Gardens.
By Car: Travelling from the M7 take Exit 13 in the direction of Nurney on the R415 as far as Newtown Cross. Turn left and continue to the T-Junction. Turn right at the T-Junction for the visitor’s car park drive a short distance and then turn left. The car park entrance is 200m on the left. Distance from Exit 13 to car park-1.3miles.
By Train: There is a direct rail service to Kildare from Dublin Limerick Waterford Westport and Cork (via Portlaoise). Visit www.irishrail.ie to view timetables.
By Bus: A shuttle bus operates from the Kildare Train station to Kildare Town Kildare Village Outlet Shopping and the National Stud. This shuttle bus is operated by Kildare Village Retail Outlet.
Bus times: Monday-Saturday from Dublin City Centre Bus Station (Busarus) at 9.30am. Return journey departs 3.45pm.
Sunday from Busarus at 10 am and 12 noon returning at 3 pm and 5.30pm.