Horse-racing, horticulture and history combined. Meet legends of the field, see legendary spaces and spot celebrated designers on the Darby O’Gill Castles & Couture Day Tour from Dublin to Kildare and Kilkenny


Ticket TypePrice
Child up to 8 yrs
Additional children (online price):
1 free per adult. €35
Child over 8/ Student/Senior€35

Tour Highlights

  • A fully guided tour of the Irish National Stud
  • A visit to the world famous Japanese Gardens
  • Explore the medieval city of Kilkenny
  • See Kilkenny Castle with the opportunity to take a guided tour
  • Shop the sales at Kildare Village Outlet shopping with over 80 boutiques and up to 60% discounts
  • Receive a discount card for Kildare Village Chic Outlet stores for an extra 10% off


Tour Attractions

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An eye for a winner, an eye for style or an eye on the past, discover more of what made and makes Ireland when you take an adventure with the Darby O’Gill Castles & Couture day tour – from the home of horse breeding, to the home of a king and the home of high fashion!

Ireland has made a name as a world class producer of champion thoroughbred horses, and many of these have their routes in Tully, County Kildare. Our luxury coaches are way out in front with luxury leather seating, spacious leg room and free Wi-Fi, as we leave Dublin city in comfort and style for the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens.

There you’ll receive a guided tour of the stud and see famous world champion horses alongside their rising star offspring! Learn about their victories, the industry of breeding and the workings of a modern stud farm. Then visit the museum for a look back at a century of horse breeding in Ireland.

Not far from the stallions, mares and foals, you’ll find a mesmerising display of flourishing plants, trees, flowers and lawns in the truly unique Japanese Gardens. Lose yourself in the serenity and space, follow the paths and trails, take time to pause and reflect at the bridge of life or make your way to the tea house to renew your energy.

Our tour then continues to the city of Kilkenny and back in time to the magnificence and splendour of Kilkenny Castle. Guarding its river and protecting its people for more than 900 years, much has been done to restore and conserve this much changed historic landmark. Step inside to browse the library, relax in the tea room or experience the diversity in the Butler art gallery, before taking a walk by the adjoining river Nore.

Finally, get set to take in the height of fashion with a visit to Kildare Village Chic Outlet shopping. This chic collection of outlet stores is renowned for retailing luxury items from some of the most iconic fashion names, legendary homeware and designer boutiques – and Darby O’Gill customers receive an extra 10% off the prices that already have up to 60% off! Sample the style, browse at your leisure and maybe bag a bargain (or two) before boarding the coach for your return trip to Dublin.



This tour runs daily
10:25 Arrive National Stud and Japanese Gardens
12:00 Depart National Stud and Japanese Gardens
13:10Arrive Kilkenny Castle
15:45Depart Kilkenny Castle
16:45Arrive Kildare Village Designer Outlet
17:45Depart Kildare Village

Pick-up Points

Departures From Dublin:
StopPickup Time
O'Connell Street (Gresham Hotel)07:55
Custom House Quay (Hilton Garden Inn)08:05
Cardiff Lane (Clayton Hotel)08:10
Pembroke Road (Ballsbridge Hotel)08:20
Simmonscourt Road (Cityscape Bus Stop)08:25
Stillorgan Road (Dublin bus stop Radisson)08:30
Stillorgan Road (Talbot Hotel)08:33
Leopardstown Road (Clayton Hotel)08:40
Customers will be dropped off at O'Connell St Upper (Gresham Hotel)

Attractions on this Tour

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