THE Irish National Stud opened its gates to tourists earlier this week and is hoping to match if not better last year’s visitor numbers of 150,000 in 2024. Without doubt the Irish Racehorse Experience is drawing in tourists, who still flock in droves to see the ‘racing legends’, the Japanese Gardens and walking trails.

The unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty which stands on 900 acres is home to some of the most magnificent horses and gardens found anywhere in the world and is in fact the only tourism venue in the world that is also a working stud.

Visitors will also have the delight of witnessing newly born foals frolicking in the stud’s paddocks. A record-breaking 321 foals were born at Tully last year, establishing it as the largest equine maternity ward in Europe.

CEO Cathal Beale said: “Spring brings a sense of rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation, with new foals born almost every day—a captivating sight for our visitors. Beyond the horses, our Japanese Garden is renowned as one of the best in the country.

“Additionally, St Fiachra’s Garden emphasises sustainable gardening practices and hosts its own beehives to aid pollination.”