Kildare National Stud Full Day Tour
The tour will start with a panoraimc drive from Dublin, travelling west towards County Kidare. The first stop on the tour will be at a location in the open grasslands in The Curragh. The word 'Curragh' means, place of the running horse. Dan Donnelly and Eirc Cooper had a boxing fight in the Curragh in 1815 with 20,000 people in attendance. The fight lasted a long time with Dan Donnelly the victorious winner. The area where the fight took place is known as Dan Donnelly's Hallow. Today there is a small monument standing stone to commemorate this famous fight. There are many stories about the boxing legend Dan Donnelly that your guide will recount to you.
The next stop on your tour will be The National Stud, where we will start with a tea/coffe and treat (included in the price).
The world renowned National Stud is home to some of Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds. The farm at Tully was purchased from the Fay family in 1900 by Colonel William Hall Walker. Hall Walker became the most successful breeder of the age, enjoying his finest hour when King Edward VII led Minoru, born and raised at Tully, into Epsom’s winners’ enclosure following a famous victory in the 1909 Derby.
In 1915 the farm and all it's stock was gifted to the Crown and became The National Stud under the leadership of Sir Henry Greer. The success continued with the farm producing the winners of all five Classics. In 1942 Sun Chariot, born and bred at Tully, earned herself an indelible place in racing history when landing the fillies’ Triple Crown – the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St. Leger – for King George VI.
In 1943, the newly formed Irish Government took over the land and buildings at an agreed valuation. In 1945 the Irish National Stud Company Ltd. was formed, officially taking over the running of the Stud on 31st August, 1946.
The Japanese Gardens are situated in the grounds of the stud farm. Planned to symbolise the life of man from the cradle to the grave, they are very pleasant and charming.
Kildare Town ~ lunch in a tradinol pub or cafe. (Not Included).
A visit to the Kildare Information Centre will be next on your tour. You will be greeted by a medieval tour guide who will set the scene and lead you up to a tranquil space, where the adventure begins. Legends of Kildare Virtual Reality Experience, transports you back in time on an emotional and magical journey, which allows you to connect directly with these ancient characters.
Next on your tour will be a visit to The Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre, which is a contemporary and vintage shopper's paradise. The Visitor Centre houses the complete range of Newbridge Silverware products and incorporates the famous Museum of Style Icons. You will be able to take home a souvenir, or a gift for that someone special.
09.00 am Pick up from your accomodation.
09.15 am Panoramic Dublin drive.
10.15 am Dan Donnelly's Hallow.
11.00 am National Stud Cafe. 🚻 ☕ 🍰
11.30 am National Stud Guided Tour.
13.00 pm The Japanese Gardens.
14.00 pm Kildare Town lunch. 🚻 ☕ 🥪
15.00 pm Kildare Visitior's Centre.
16.00 pm Newbridge Silver. 🚻 🎁
17.00 pm Depart Kildare.
18.00 pm Return to accomodation.
The National Stud
Child ticket for children aged between 0-18. All children must wear a seat belt.
The National Stud
All adults must wear the seat belts and there is no drinking alcohol in the vehicle.
The National Stud
Group booking must be made in one payment. Covid~19 restrictions only allow 6 passengers per vehicle.