Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens & St. Fiachara's Garden,
The National Stud provides children with a unique environment for learning about the thoroughbred racehorse. The children also follow an environmental trail within the grounds of St. Fiachra's Garden exploring the flora and fauna and identifying plants and animals that live in the local habitat.
We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new interactive school tour. Our 2017 tour not only includes the freedom of our spectacular stud, gardens and playground, we now have a dedicated kid guide Marie-Lou, who will guide the children through the nature and science behind the world of horses.
This interactive tour also includes a unique 30-minute sensory classroom session with a quiz and spot prizes along the way.
Our Interactive School Tour is guaranteed to be a hit! Not only does the tour provide a unique learning experience with fun activities (including dress up time in jockey silks), kids also have plenty of fresh air and room to run around in the expansive gardens and playground, while teachers can relax in a safe and natural environment.
For early bird bookings (before Easter) we are offering free tea and scones to make the day that bit sweeter!
INTERACTIVE SCHOOL TOUR
Our new kids guide, Marie-Lou, will bring to life the story of the thoroughbred, from birth to the racecourse with a tour of the stud and horses, followed by a 30-minute interactive classroom session where they can touch and try. A quiz with spot prizes will ensure a fun time for all and the new playground and gardens allow plenty of free time to explore.
Visit time: 2-4 hours
Price: €7 per child
Booking quote: Interactive School Tour
Book Now: 📞 +353 4552 1617
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park offers a hands on, fun, highly informative learning experience for all Primary Schools to explore the world around us. Designed and researched by Mr. Dick Warner, Environmentalist with the aim of generating a passion for Science and Nature in children.
Lullymore Heritage Park in Rathangan, Co Kildare has received a major award for environmental tourism. The 60-acre heritage and discovery park, which is located on a mineral island in the Bog of Allen between Rathangan and Allenwood, was named as Ireland’s best ‘Environmental Tourism Innovation’ in the Irish Tourism Industry Awards (ITIAs).
The park’s manager, Ray Stapleton, received the honour from Minister for Tourism Shane Ross TD at the awards ceremony at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin on Friday, February 3rd.
The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), the umbrella group for the tourism industry in Ireland, organises the awards, along with Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, two of its industry members.
The awards are a national scheme that identifies and honours those who are making major difference in the tourism industry.
They are designed to reward innovation in tourism, significant initiatives at home and overseas and the best examples of improvement to the tourism experience.
Despite facing a very strong and competitive field, the judges ultimately identified Lullymore Heritage Park as a worthy winner in the ‘Environmental Tourism Innovation’.
Giving the award at the ceremony, Minister Ross said: “This award recognises the unique experience that Lullymore Heritage Park has been providing to countless visitors since it opened back in 1993. Lullymore is a world-class tourist attraction in a unique setting. It appeals to all ages and combines education and leisure to provide a unique insight into the Irish Peatlands and biodiversity. I am proud to give the award for ‘Environmental Tourism Innovation’ to this uniquely Irish attraction.”
An environmental tour around the Park allows visitors the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of Irish bogs and to enjoy the spectacle of a cutaway Peatland coming back to life. Lullymore offers Discover Primary Science and Maths tours, Field trips, Ecology tours and a Peatland Heritage tour and can cater for all types of groups.
Adjudication on the awards was carried out by an independent panel of experts, chaired by Maurice Pratt, the Chairman of the Uniphar Group and including Noirin Hegarty, Operations Director from Lonely Planet; Philip Browne, Chief Executive of the IRFU; Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, the Irish Exporters’ Association and Marian O’Gorman, Chief Executive, the Kilkenny Group.
Speaking at the event, Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh, Chief Executive of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation said: “Lullymore Park’s success shows that Irish tourism offers visitors something unique. Its setting and location, as well as its facilities, which showcase sustainability and biodiversity, make for a unique offering for tourists at home and abroad.”
The Bog of Allen Nature Centre
This Centre combines fun and active learning in a safe and supervised environment. Our Discover Primary Science and Maths workshops include constructing pond bug dials, a pond dipping session for mini-beasts and investigating surface tension. Visiting teachers can also choose to visit Lodge Bog and explore a peatland habitat or undertake a creepy crawlie safari in the wildlife gardens of the centre and learn about insect eating plants.