Horsey Country

If horses are your passion then The Irish National Stud and Horse Museum is just for you.  Located close-by in one of the oldest towns in Ireland, Kildare town allows visitors an opportunity to witness the past and present of the Irish thoroughbred industry.

While racing at the Curragh, Punchestown and Naas take place all year round, boasting some of the biggest meetings in the country's racing calendar including the Irish Derby in June. The Curragh racecourse is home to all five of the Irish Horseracing Classics and many horse training yards. On an early mornings visit to the Curragh it is possible to see trainers and jockeys preparing their horses for the next big event. It is a great chance to see behind the scenes of work of the "Sport of Kings.” Punchestown is the "Irish Cheltenham" the annual April festival attracts the top National Hunt horses in Ireland and the UK.

But the Irish National Stud is far more than just a centre of equine excellence. It is also home to some of Ireland's finest natural treasures, in particular the breathtakingly beautiful Japanese Gardens, the finest of their kind in Europe.Located outside Kildare town just a 15 min. drive from our holiday home it symbolises life and allows one trace the journey of the soul. Gardens offer visitors both visually appealing views and also provoke thoughts around the meaning of life. Visitors can also savour the tranquil and spiritual experience provided by one of the Stud's more recent additions, St. Fiachra's Garden, a stunningly raw representation of our country's singular landscape. For more information visit: http://irishnationalstud.ie/visitors/