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Kildare

Kildare is famous for it's hosting of equine-related activities such as stud farms, equestrian centres and racecourses.

The Japanese Gardens

Located in the grounds of the Irish National Stud, The Japanese Gardens were created between 1906 & 1910 and the layout symbolises the Life of Man. They are acclaimed as the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe.
Now, almost 100 years later the Irish National Stud have created St. Fiachra's Garden to celebrate the Millennium. This garden seeks to capture the power of the Irish landscape in its rawest state - that of lake and water. The Visitor Centre includes a restaurant and craft shop.

Dates:
12th February to 12th November
Hours:
Open 7 days 9.30am-6.00pm.
Last admission 1 hour before closing
Directions:
From Dublin take the M7 and bypass Naas and Newbridge. On the way into Kildare Town take a left at the Curragh Lodge hotel, then take the first left and the Japanese Gardens are 1 mile down this road on your left.

Tel: 045-521617/522963
Irish-National-Stud


Castletown House

Castletown House was built in 1722 by William Connolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons at the time.Considered to be Ireland's finest historic house. Duchas - the Heritage Service, has been undertaking an extensive renovation programme at Castletown House in recent years, which was re-opened to the public in April 1999.

Dates:
October:
Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm,
Sun & Bank Hols: 1pm-5pm,
closed Saturday
November: Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Hours:
Easter Sunday & Monday: 1pm-6pm
April-September:
Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm
weekdays, 1-6pm weekends
Directions:
From Dublin on the M4, turn left at Lucan and head for Celbridge. On the M7, take a right at Rathcoole village and make your way to Celbridge
Tel: 01-6288252


! National stud & Japanese gardens
A spectacular excursion, with something for everyone, small groups guaranteed. Irelands finest Stallions , mares and foals, combined with Europe`s finest Japanese gardens. 958 acres of walks woodlands , wetlands, lake Read More...
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