These three places are all on the same grounds.
9Euro entry fee.
The National Stud is enjoyable if you like horses and follow horseracing. If you're not too bothered about horses, then you might find it boring. They show a video on the birth of a foal as part of the visit and you can go around the stable yards and go up the fields where the horses graze.
The Japanese Gardens is a 20-step trail meant to depict the journey of life.
We took a day out to go and visit the nearby town of KILDARE (approx. 1hr by train) and it was well worth the effort. This famous Horse racing town has retained its Irish charm and is set against lush green fields and paddocks. The old town square with its beautiful stone buildings was especially interesting. Here you could join the locals for a quiet pint away from the crowds and buzz of the Temple Bar district. About a 20 minute walk outside of Kildare lay a beautiful Japanese Gardens. The breathtaking serinity and peace of the place was an extremely special moment for me. This truly is the real Ireland.