Tully, Kildare Town
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The Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens and St.Fiachra's commemorative Garden are icons of scenic and panoramic views and amazes visitors since opening.
The Irish National Stud
The Irish National Stud (official name: Comhlacht Groí Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teo) is owned by the Irish Government and it is a Thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, Kildare, County Kildare, Ireland which was formally established by incorporation on 11 April 1946 under the National Stud Act, 1945.
The Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910.
Devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the "Life of Man". That plan was executed to perfection and Eida's legacy is now admired by the 150,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year.
Very much representative of Japanese gardens from the early 20th century, Eida's work traces the journey of a soul from oblivion to eternity and portrays the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life. Birth, childhood, marriage, parenthood, old age, death and the afterlife are all brought to mind as the gardens, a seamless mixture of Eastern and Western cultures, are explored.
The Japanese Gardens Restaurant
Open 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm during the season.
For visitors and locals alike, The Japanese Gardens Restaurant is a must during your tour of the stud, and indeed on any occasion. Ballymaloe-trained Natalie Collins and her manager Ronan Mackey, takes pride in offering simple, wholesome food with the emphasis on freshness and flavour.
Local ingredients are used wherever possible, providing a sound foundation for dishes with distinctive homemade style such as the Beef Hot Pot served with seasoned baby potatoes or Roast Courgette and Goats Cheese Tart.
For plainer palates, the huge platter of Irish Smoked Salmon and freshly-baked brown bread is complimented with a selection of her finest salads. Quiche of the day could be ham, leek and mushroom. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.
St. Fiachra's Garden
How can something so new transport us back to a time that none of us knew? Step into St. Fiachra's Garden and enter another world, one to which you will wish to return again and again.
The garden, designed in 1999 by award-winning landscape architect Professor Martin Hallinan and named to commemorate St. Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners, provides a perfect partner to the Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens while, at the same time, opening up a wholly different yet equally satisfying experience.
Racehorses are conceived, born and raised on Tully's famous stud farm, which has long been and continues to be the source of thoroughbred champions.
Horse Museum at Irish National Stud
The future and the past entwine beautifully at the Irish National Stud, whose museum is a legacy to not only the horses in Ireland but also the greatest and most famous of all Irish horses.
Opening Times and Admission
2016 Opening Times
Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 09h00 to 18h00
Last Admission 17h00
Daily Guided Tour Times: 10h30, 12h00, 14h30 and 16h00
Car Park Closes 18h15
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