If you are looking for a place for your mares to meet winner stallions, Irish National Stud is definitely the place to be.
During my first visit to the stud, the beauty of every horse on the ground overwhelmed me. Upon exit from the Japanese Gardens, huge pathway surrounded tall trees and lovely cherry blossoms will welcome you to the 1000-acre bloodstock farm. Hubby, our friends and me enjoyed watching all the horses around. We can freely pet them as if they are ours.
After seeing the stud fees of the stallions, I choose to believe that horses are for rich people. The most expensive breeding stallion is Invincible Spirit for the price of € 65, 000.00. According to the tourist guide, the mare bred by Invincible Spirit has a big chance of conceiving a foal with a bright future in racecourse.
Honestly, I don’t understand anything about horse racing. But after getting a glimpse of how much money it can bring to the table, I realized why there many influential people are investing on horses.
Irish National Stud has boarding and foaling facilities. During the foaling season, their foaling unit operates 24-a day. They have fully experienced staff that will take care of the foal from birth. The stud farm also accepts mares as boarders. They are kept in a separate paddock from the stallions.
Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra's Garden
Address: Tully Kildare
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Admission Charges 2013Adults €12.50Children (Aged 5-15) €7.00Students €9.50Seniors €9.50Family Ticket [2 adults + up to 4 children under 16 years of age] €29.50Group Rates [ICA, Mothers Groups, Flower Clubs etc.] €9.00School Tours (under 16 yrs) - Paddy Madden Interactive SESE Discovery Trail €10.50 per child (Minimum 30 students, Wednesdays) School Tours (under 16 yrs) - Discover Primary Science & Maths €7.00School Tours (under 16 yrs) - Regular €6.00
Concessions available for Groups & Coach tours over 20 personsTour operators rates available on request from either: or Special rates may apply for other groups and tour operators – for further details please contact the office on +353 45 522963 or email Car and coach parking (CCTV) is free and directly on site.