National Stud Japanese Gardens Kilkenny City Tour
Our tour starts at the stunning National Stud and Japanese Gardens, located in County Kilkenny, where you will have to opportunity to see some of the most famous racehorses in Ireland and appreciate the beauty of the world-famous Japanese Gardens. We will then visit Kilkenny City, the Medieval Capital of Ireland. You will visit the astonishing Kilkenny Castle and see the largest stained-glass window in the country at the Black Abbey. Beautiful spots, history, and culture are waiting for you on this lovely journey.
National Stud and Japanese Gardens
As a state-owned commercial stud farm, the National Stud and Japanese Gardens is home to some of the most famous racehorses in Ireland. Explore the world-famous Japanese Gardens and embark on the Irish Racehorse experience.
Kilkenny Castle was built in the 12th Century, soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland. For six centuries, it was the seat of the Butlers, earls, marquesses and dukes of Ormond, which made Kilkenny become an important city in the country. The castle has been remodelled in Victorian times and is now open all year round to visitors, who can also walk through its 50 acres of parkland. Sightseers can visit the castle`s library, drawing room, nursery and bedrooms decorated in Victorian style. Visitors can also see the collection of paintings of the Butler Family, which is available at the Picture Gallery. The view of Kilkenny town and River Nore from the castle walls and the beauty of the gardens provide visitors with a remarkable experience.
Black Abbey of Kilkenny
Founded in 1225, the Church and Priory of the Most Blessed Trinity, also known as Black Abbey, gets its name from the Black Friars, as the Dominicans were called. It is a Catholic priory and the longest original established foundation of all the Irish priories. When the priory was founded, Kilkenny was divided in two parts by the Bregach River: one of them was occupied by indigenous Irish and the other by Norman settlers. The Dominicans founded the priory between those two towns and outside the city walls to show their independence from both sides. Nowadays, the Black Abbey is a place of worship, and religious services are held on a regular basis. Visitors can also see the architecture of the Abbey as well as its stunning “Rosary Window”, the largest stained-glass window in the country.
Gift Shopping (Optional)
Kilkenny Design: One of the most traditional shops in Ireland, Kilkenny Design is known for selling the finest of Irish craftsmanship. At Kilkenny Design you can find a wide range of quality products, such as clothing, jewellery, home furniture and homeware.
Avoca Shop (on Naas. Rd): Located to the West of Dublin City, this Avoca shop is situated in the heart of Rathcoole and was previously voted the Retail Store of the Year in Dublin. If you are looking for a special item, this store houses the most popular Avoca treasures, including men’s and women’s fashion, accessories, children’s toys, beautiful homeware and the famous woven throws and blankets.