Created between 1906 and 1920 these Japanese gardens are world renowned and some of Europe’s finest.

The Japanese Gardens in Kildare are located at the Irish National Stud. The gardens are renowned throughout the world and one of the finest of their kind in Europe. Created between 1906 and 1910 by Colonel William Hall Walker the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. The goal for Tassa Eida and Minoru was to symbolise the human life.

Eida’s work traces the journey of a soul from oblivion to eternity and portrays the human experience of its embodiment as it journeys by paths of its own choice through life. Birth, childhood, marriage, parenthood, old age, death and the afterlife are all brought to mind as the gardens, a seamless mixture of Eastern and Western cultures, are explored.

The Irish National Stud

Phone: +353 (0) 45 521 617

Good To Know

  • All visits need to be pre-booked in advance.


Irish National Stud & Gardens, Tully, Kildare, Ireland. R51 KX25

Travelling from the M7 take Exit 13 in the direction of Nurney on the R415 as far as Newtown Cross. Turn left and continue to the T-Junction. Turn right at the T-Junction for the Visitors car park, drive a short distance and then turn left. The car park entrance is 200 metres on the left. Distance from Exit 13 to car park 1.3 miles.

GPS: 53.144582, -6.901603

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