Private day tours to Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens, from Dublin (4 - 5 hours) 2 - 7 persons
Irish National Stud Farm included in tour
The farm, purchased by Colonel William Hall Walker at the turn of the 20th century, is now owned by the Irish people but is run as a commercial entity, its management working hard to maintain its competitiveness in a major global industry in which Ireland has long played a leading role alongside Britain, France, the USA and Australia.
Sea The Stars, horse of the year in 2009, is among the champions to have been born and raised on the Tully land, on which King Edward VII's Minoru spent the early part of a life that peaked when he won the Epsom Derby exactly 100 years before Sea The Stars triumphed in the very same race.
Sun Chariot, also born and bred at the Irish National Stud, became one of the very few horses ever to complete the fillies' Triple Crown when mopping up the 1942 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St. Leger for King George VI. Almost seven decades later, in May 2011, his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, visited the Irish National stud farm, once again highlighting that the Irish National Stud's importance stretches far beyond the confines of Ireland.
Japanese Gardens included in tour
The Irish National Stud farm is also home to the Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, 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".
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.
Saint Fiachra's Garden included in tour
Also located at the Irish National Stud farm is St Fiachra's garden, which was designed in 1999 by award-winning landscape architect Professor Martin Hallinan and named to commemorate St. Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners. This stunning attraction seeks to capture that which inspired those involved in Ireland's monastic movement in the 6th and 7th centuries. It does so principally by paying handsome tribute to the Irish landscape in its rawest state. Rock and water are rulers in a garden rejoicing in the natural beauty of woodland, wetland, waterfalls, lakes and streams.
Monastic cells of fissured limestone are surrounded by water while an inner subterranean garden is home to magnificent Waterford Crystal-shaped rocks, ferns and orchids.
Book a private guided day tour from Dublin
When making a reservation, select Dublin based hotel as the default pickup location or cruise ship terminal at Dublin port for cruise ship passengers visiting Dublin.
Once the booking has been approved we will contact you via e mail or phone to arrange to collect you directly from your hotel or cruise ship.
Please note the price quoted for this Private excursion from Dublin is suitable for 2 - 7 persons max and is based on 4 - 5 hour tour.
Whats not included
- Entrance fees into visitor attraction
- Refreshments / lunch are not included in price.
What is included
- Pickup and return to your Dublin based hotel or cruise ship terminal
- Failte Ireland approved guide services throughout your private tour
- Modern air - conditioned mini van suitable for 2 - 8 passengers
- All tolls / parking fees / taxes associated with this private tour
PRICE QUOTED BELOW IS €250.00 for a private tour suitable for 2 - 7 persons