Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
We will leave Dublin heading to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. If you wish, the Guided Tour by one of the members of the Irish National Stud starts at 10.30 and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Later, there will be time to explore by yourself. Self-guide leaflets will be made available for the Japanese Gardens, Saint Fiachra’s Garden and The Horse Museum. From horses to horticulture the Irish National Stud & Gardens is one of Ireland’s true treasures. The Stud Farm is the home of equine royalty, immaculately-bred stallions which can be seen and admired alongside protective mares. The world-renowned Japanese Gardens narrate the cycle of life – Birth, childhood, marriage, parenthood, old age, death and the afterlife – told through the rocks, trees, water and more. Following these paths you will discover a poignant, enchanting and enlightening journey as you explore them. St Fiachra’s Garden symbolises the power of the Irish landscape while the Horse Museum includes the skeleton of the legendary Arkle. See retired equine stars like Kicking King, Hardy Eustace, Rite of Passage, Hurricane Fly and Beef or Salmon on the stud’s ‘Living Legend’s’ team. Enjoy this unique experience as part of a guided tour or at your own leisure.
St Brigid’s Well
On our way to the friendly and beautiful town of Kildare, we will do a quick stop in St Brigid’s Holy Well. St Brigid was born in Dundalk in 450 AD. St Brigid was the founder of the first monastery in County Kildare in the 5th century. Her father was a pagan chieftain of Leinster and her mother a Christian. In Irish mythology, Brigid was the Celtic goddess of fire, poetry, unity, childbirth and healing. St Brigid is also known as Mary of the Gael or Muire na nGael aka (Our Lady of the Irish). She is one of the Patron Saints of Ireland, along with St Patrick and St Columcille.
Stroll through the historic Kildare Town where you will discover a friendly place, still retaining it’s feeling of community, with sights to see and things to do all within walking distance. Kildare Town is located west of County Kildare (Cill Dara, in Irish), 40 km from Dublin. The city dates from the 5th century, when the Church of the Oak religious community was installed here and founded in St. 480 the St. Brigid monastery (St Brigid). Here the monks and the nuns lived under the same roof. Until the 16th century, curious pagan rites were preserved, such as keeping a flame permanently lit. This fire is still seen from the tallest tower that can be visited in Ireland, the Round Tower. Kildare Town Heritage Center and the local Tourist Office are located in Market Square, opposite St. Brigid’s Cathedral. Recently refurbished, the Heritage Center offers a complete history of the medieval city, in a multimedia exhibition that tells its past and present. Kildare Town offers a wide selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. The town takes pride in having the world famous Kildare Village Outlet Shopping where you can purchase many designer brands, at very friendly prices!
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping
Welcome to Kildare Village, one of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe, is located less than an hour from Dublin and offering Ireland’s leading luxury outlet shopping experience. We will finish our tour with two hours to enjoy designer outlet shopping at Kildare Village, home to luxury fashion and homeware stores, with up to 60% off. And an exclusive benefit for travelling with AroundIreland.ie, you will have an extra discount presenting your voucher at the purchases.