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Irish National Stud

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The Irish National Stud is a thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, County Kildare, about one hour west of Dublin. Established in 1946, this institution is owned by the Irish government. It is a must-visit for any lovers of horses, whether racegoers or riders.

This institution is at the centre of Ireland’s horse industry. Home to equine royalty, the Irish National Stud produces immaculately bred stallions and mares, as well as the young foals and yearlings. 

It’s the only stud farm in Ireland that opens its doors to the public and offers daily guided tours. On the grounds, you can visit the Japanese Gardens, dating back to the early 1900s, and the St Fiachra’s Garden, built to mark the new millennium.

Visit the Horse Museum as an extra highlight. It really brings Ireland’s love affair with horses to life. Here you can even see the skeleton of the famous Irish racehorse Arkle on display.

The Irish National Stud is open daily during nine months of the year, and you can buy tickets online.

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