On a beautiful sunny day we decided to visit the Irish National Stud, I desperately wanted to visit as it was foaling season. The Stud is about 40 minutes out of central Dublin and it is very close to Kildare Outlet Village which we went to afterwards.
What you can see at the Stud:
The Horse Museum, The Foaling Unit, The Stallion Boxes, Oak Walk (The stallions paddocks), Tully Walk (Paddocks for the mares and foals), The Japanese Garden, Lakeside Walk.
Top visitor tip:
Be sure to take the guided tour, the guide gives you loads of info on each stallion which you just wouldn’t get without doing the tour. I don’t know much about horse racing and breeding and I learnt a lot.
Make time for:
Make time for a cake and coffee in the cafe, it is situated next to the gardens and on a nice day it is a wonderful and tranquil place to spend half an hour and watch the bird life. The birds are so friendly that if you leave out some crumbs on your table the robins will come and eat them next to you.
The Japanese Garden:
The Stud and Paddocks: