Accessible Guided Tour to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens
This Accessible Guided Tour to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens is a wonderful escape from the busy city life of Dublin. Located approximately a 60 minute drive from Dublin, you’ll explore the fascinating National Stud and Gardens, a unique attraction of outstanding national beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens in the world! This is a wonderful tour for all the family, using an accessible vehicles and wheelchair friendly paths throughout.
This accessible driving tour from Dublin begins with your friendly guide picking you up at your wheelchair friendly Dublin hotel in an accessible van. You will then head out on a comfortable, approximately 60 minutes drive to the town of Kildale, to your destination of the day, the National Stud and Gardens. Escorted by your tour guide, you will explore this charming setting which begins with a memorable guided visit to the Irish National Stud. Owned by the Irish Government, this unique attraction has, for well over 100 years, been producing thoroughbreds capable of being crowned champions at home and abroad. Among some of the stars born here was Minory, born and raised on the stud’s idyllic land, triumphing in horse racing’s most important contest, the Epsom Derby, way back in 1909. Learn about the history of the site, see the new born foals and old legends and enjoy a quick lunch or snack on your own in their onsite cafe if you desire.
Following this, you will move along to the Gardens located nearby. These immaculately manicured Japanese Garden grounds offer an accessible walking/rolling path around rivers and cherry blossoms. 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 that the Gardens would reflect the ”Life of Man”. Escorted by your guide, you will enjoy a leisurely stroll here, soaking in the serene beauty of the site, capturing photos and admiring the many different trees, plants, flowers, lawns and rocks. The Gardens are renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe.
The Accessible Guided Tour to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens includes:
- Accessible tour routes, confirmed to be wheelchair accessible
- guided, private driving tour in an accessible van
- Opportunities to get out and explore several sites firsthand
- Lively commentary by your local English speaking tour guide
- A memorable, firsthand sightseeing experience in in the National Stud and Japanese Gardens!
- National Stud stables and horses
- Historic overview of the Irish National Stud
- Free time for lunch
- Immaculate Japanese Gardens
The Accessible Half-Day Tour to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens received a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses an accessible van to transfer between Dublin and Kildale. It also follows a completely step-free tour route. It did not receive a higher rating because clients will have to walk/roll approximately 1.6 miles at the Stud and Garden site to fully experience it. However, since this is a private tour, you can decide to leave certain areas out to shorten the rolling distance if needed.The tour has been designed to include accessible restrooms along the way.
The accessible van used for this tour is equipped with a wheelchair ramp or lift to enter. It is suitable for manual wheelchairs, power chairs and mobility scooters alike.
The entrance to the National Stud has a long ramp located next to the stairs. The grounds at the main entrance are smooth and easy to navigate.
Some areas by the stables have mild cobblestones as pictured below. Raps and curb cuts make it easy to navigate the area in a wheelchair.
The path at the Japanese Gardens is mostly flat. Some mild inclines. The surfaces include gravel and pavers. Your guide will lead you using the most accessible path. This is a leisurely stroll at your own pace to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Some areas have small steps or very narrow paths as pictured below. Your tour guide will avoid these areas.
Tour Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 1- 2 people EUR 625, 3-4 people EUR 675, 5-6 people EUR 725.
*€20 off if booked as part of an Accessible Dublin travel package.
Meeting place: Centrally located accessible Dublin hotel or cruise dock
Meeting time: Morning 9:00 am or Afternoon 1:00 pm
Days offered: Every day
Entrance Tickets: Entrance tickets to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens are not included. However, we will pre-book them and add them to your tour cost upon booking.
To review our cancellation policy, please click: HERE. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Snacks/meals, gratuities.
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